Master of Science Advanced Professional

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:

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.

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.

The MS Research track:

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.

Admissions Requirements for the Advanced Professional Master of Science Degree

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.

  • An official undergraduate transcript indicating a minimum 3.0 grade point average on the last 60 hours of the completed undergraduate degree. Download a GPA Calculator Sheet.
  • A minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 149 verbal and 145 quantitative. If GRE was taken prior to November 2011, minimum scores are 430 verbal and 540 quantitative. Note that GRE scores are one of many factors considered in admittance. NOTE: If your undergraduate degree grade point average for the last 60 hours of work is 3.25 or higher, then the Graduate Record Examination requirement is waived.
  • Students with English as a second language must meet the university standard of 80 for TOEFL scores or 6.5 for IELTS scores. Students with English language concerns should speak with Dr. Jill Pable, Director of Graduate Studies at
  • A completed Statement of Interest form that identifies your goals and reasons why you feel you will succeed in graduate school. Download and submit a Statement of Interest for submittal to the FSU online admissions process.
  • An undergraduate degree portfolio of student and/or professional design work. Print or digital versions are acceptable. Print versions should be mailed to:

Dr. Jill Pable
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Interior Design
Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-1231

Digital portfolios should be sent via the website:

  • Recommendations provided by a minimum of 3 professional or academic persons of your choice that are familiar with you and your previous work. This process is facilitated by the online admissions system.
  • A phone or in-person interview with the Department Director of Graduate Studies. Contact Dr. Jill Pable, Director of Graduate Studies at to make an appointment.

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.