Master of Science First Professional

The Master of Science First Professional degree option is for you if you possess an undergraduate degree in a field other than interior design or architecture. This degree will fully prepare you for interior design practice.

Time Frame:

You begin the program with foundational classes in the summer term in early May. The program runs for three full years—including three summers. The first summer is a provisional semester for all students. At the end of this term, you participate in a summer portfolio review in which all design faculty review the quality of your work, as well as your attitude and work habits. If accepted fully into the program, you then begin a 3-year curriculum that fall that fulfills the requirements taken by undergraduate interior majors, as well as students in the Advanced Professional Mater’s track of classes. Essentially, in three very busy years, you will take the equivalent of the undergraduate and MS graduate program.

The First Professional degree track:

This degree will prepare you for meeting the goal of Interior Design practice and provides extensive design process and project knowledge. This track consists of eight-four (84) semester credit hours and allows you to complete a Master of Science degree in three years. You exit the program with a portfolio of work suitable for career interviews.

View the First Professional MS practice track Program of Studies.

View a sample project by First Professional student David Roan.

Admissions Requirements for the First Professional Master of Science Degree

Admission to the Master’s 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Questions should be directed to:

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

The deadline for submittal of an application is March 1st of every year for start of study in the summer semester. However, completion of applications by  or before February 1st is strongly encouraged to ensure availability to this limited enrollment program.