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.
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.
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 a sample project by First Professional graduate David Roan.
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.
Dr. Marlo Ransdell
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Interior Architecture and 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.