Graduate Program

The FSU Graduate Program in Interior Design offers the Master of Science, the Master of Arts and the Master of Fine Arts degrees.

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Download a copy of the FSU Interior Design Graduate Brochure.

Design Intelligence Ranks FSU Graduate Program as the Most Admired in the Country

DesignIntelligence, a yearly publication of the Design Futures Council, has ranked the Graduate Program in Interior Design at Florida State University the #1 Most Admired in a national survey of deans and chairs in the discipline. DesignIntelligence cited the FSU Graduate Program for its strong overall reputation, research and preparation of design educators.  This is the third consecutive year the program has been acknowledged as the most admired in the country.

 



What is it like to be an interior design graduate student at FSU? Recent students offer their point of view in this video produced by Mehdi Shayan and Elisha Vincent, MS Advanced Professional interior design graduate students, and supervised by Assistant Professor Amy Huber.

Programs of Study

Master of Science–Interior Design First Professional and
Master of Arts–Interior Design First Professional

The Master of Science First Professional degree is for you if you already have an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture or interior design.  This degree is a three-year program that provides all of the knowledge and skills to prepare you to practice interior design.  The MA degree can be achieved by meeting the additional university language and humanities requirements.

Learn more about the First Professional Master’s Degree

Master of Science—Interior Design Advanced Professional and
Master of Arts—Interior Design Advanced Professional

The Master of Science Advance Professional degree is for you if you possess an undergraduate degree in Interior Design or Architecture. There are two tracks in this MS degree:

The MS Practice track: This choice supports the goal of interior design practice and provides extended design process and project knowledge. You undertake extensive programming research and related tasks and produce a comprehensive design project of your choice over a three-semester period.

The MS Research track: This choice supports the goal of conducting evidence-based design research or teaching interior design, and is the recognized path to ultimately complete a Ph.D. degree. You conduct original research in this track and complete a university thesis.

Learn more about the Master of Science Advanced Professional tracks.

The Master of Arts for these tracks is also available and has further graduate level language and humanities requirements. See the Director of Graduate Studies for further details.

 

Master of Fine Arts—Interior Design

The Master of Fine Arts degree is for you if you possess an undergraduate degree in Interior Design or Architecture and are interested in teaching Interior Design at colleges and universities that accept the MFA degree credential. It is also appropriate for Interior Design practice, providing professional career enhancement and foundation skills in conducting evidence-based design interior design practice. You conduct original research in this track and complete a university thesis.

Learn more about the Master of Fine Arts.

 

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ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Advanced Professional Master’s and Master of Fine Arts Programs of Study
    These programs of study commence each fall.  Applications are due on or before July 1. However, the department reviews and approves applications as they are submitted and urges application completion by April 1 for fullest consideration. International students should complete their applications by March 1 in order to clear extra requirements for language and residency.
  • First Professional Master of Science Program of Study
    This program commences each summer semester (on or around May 5).  Applications are due on or before March 1.  However, the Department reviews and approves applications as they are submitted and urges application completion by February 1 for fullest consideration. International students should complete their applications by January 1 in order to clear extra requirements for language and residency.

 

For questions or to discuss your goals, contact:

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Marlo Ransdell
Department of Interior Architecture and Design
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1231

Phone: 850 644-6831
FAX: 850 644-3112
email: mransdell@fsu.edu