The Master of Science Advanced Professional degree options are for you if you possess an undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture. These degrees provide advanced knowledge for interior design practice and teaching/research.
There are two track options in this MS degree:
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.
View the Advanced Professional MS practice track Program of Studies.
This track consists of a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester credit hours and allows you to complete a Master of Science degree in three terms of fall/spring/summer. The curriculum focuses on the design development of a large-scale or otherwise complex built environment selected by you, and engages you in creating the programming, research, design, construction documents and presentation that fully describes the solution. This professional track course of study also provides opportunities for internship hours and/or other electives courses. You exit the program with a portfolio of work suitable for career interviews.
View a sample of a final project presentation from this program. Airport entertainment concourse final project by Advanced Professional Program graduate Yvonne Thorsen.
View a sample student video from this program that showcases the student’s master’s project by Giselle Canizares.
View a sample student video from this program that shares the student’s values, skills and point of view to a prospective employer by Elisha Vincent, now an interior designer at HuntonBrady Architects in Orlando, Florida.
This choice supports the goal of conducting evidence-based design research or teaching interior design. This track is supports and leads to the ultimate completion of a Ph.D. degree. You conduct original research in this track and complete a university thesis over a four-semester period.
View the Advanced Professional MS research track Program of Studies.
This track consists of a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester credit hours and allows you to complete a Master of Science degree in four terms of fall/spring/summer/fall. The curriculum focuses on introducing the foundations of research inquiry and conducting original evidence-based studies that generate new knowledge in the interior design field. This track typically leads to a Ph.D. degree as the academic preparatory final step for a career in interior design education and/or research. This track also provides opportunities for internship hours and/or other electives courses. You exit the program with a university thesis that serves as a foundation skillset for application to a Ph.D. program.
The Master of Arts degree is also available and includes university requirements for graduate level humanities and language. See the Director of Graduate Studies for further details.
View a list of FSU graduates in university teaching and professional practice positions.
Admission to the Masters degree programs is based on University requirements as defined in the Graduate Degree Requirements section of the FSU Graduate Bulletin as well as those of the Interior Design Department.
The Department requires the following items in order to be considered for the program. These are submitted to FSU through the FSU online admissions procedure.
Dr. Jill Pable
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Interior Architecture and Design
Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-1231
Digital portfolios should be sent via the website:
The deadline for submittal of an application is July 1st of every year for start of study in the fall semester. However, completion of applications by April 1st is encouraged to ensure availability, and to enable consideration for graduate assistantships.