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Admissions Requirements

We welcome students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-interior design disciplines. Individuals with no previous study in interior design or architecture must first complete 82 prerequisite units or equivalent to at UCLA Extension’s Certificate of Interior Design.

Due to the program being fully online, applicants from outside the United States should note that Cal Poly Pomona cannot sponsor the F-1 visa for international students enrolled in the Online MIA program.

Applicants who do have an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or similar design-related field may be eligible to apply directly to the Master’s level. Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation by our Program Advisor is required in order to qualify for Advanced Standing. Unofficial transcripts can be used for this review process. Click here to schedule an appointment with the Student Advisor or call (310) 794-3747.

Admissions into the Online Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires:

  • 4-Year Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3.0 Overall GPA
  • TOEFL:   550 (paper based)/213 (computer based)/80 (internet)
  • IELTS:    band score of 6.5
    • All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not completed at least three years of full-time enrollment at the secondary level where English is the principal language of instruction are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score
    • The score cannot be more than two years old. Upload a copy of your score in the “Program Materials” section of the application. You must contact ETS to have your official TOEFL score released. Paper copies are not accepted. The TOEFL code needed from ETS to send your score to Cal Poly Pomona is 4082.

Required Application Materials

CSU Application

Please submit your application online. The CSU application for graduate admissions can be found at ( If you have questions, please refer to this guidePlease note that you must forward a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension.


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Official Transcripts

Start by uploading PDF copies of transcripts from each college/university that you have attended, including Certificate coursework. You must then arrange for official transcripts from each of your schools to be sent directly to:

Cal Poly Pomona
Office of Admissions & Enrollment Planning
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Cal Poly Pomona accepts electronic transcripts through eTranscripts California, SPEEDE and Parchment. Emailed transcripts cannot be accepted.

If you have received a degree from an institution outside of the United States, you must send an official paper copy along with a certified translation if in a language other than English. 

UCLA Extension Certificate Program official transcripts can be ordered here.

Statement of Purpose

Explain your interests, motivations and goals in pursuing a professional degree. This should not exceed 750 words. Upload a PDF copy in the “Program Materials” section of the application.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendations

Three recommendations are required and should be submitted by individuals in a position to assess your potential in the interior design profession or in a Master’s level academic program. All recommendations must be submitted electronically using the portal in the application. It is your responsibility to ensure that recommendation requests are received and completed on time. Applicants will not be notified about missing recommendations. Failure to receive three complete letters will prevent you from submitting your application. Please inform your recommenders that communication will be sent from ( If you have questions, please refer to this guide.


Your portfolio must include visual work illustrating your creative or analytical abilities in written, graphic, or mathematical form. Upload a PDF copy in the “Program Materials” section of the application. Please note that the portfolio cannot be larger than 15 megabytes.

Application Copy for UCLA Extension

Please download and email a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension to ( Please use the following format in the subject line:

MIA [Quarter Applied] – [Last Name, First Name]
Example:  MIA Fall 2019 – Doe, Jane

To download a copy of your completed application, login from and select the “Check Status” tab. You will see a download icon.



In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are requesting that students send their Final Official Transcripts electronically. If their sending institution does not offer electronic transcripts, we recommend that students use the following services:

If sending PDF transcripts, please indicate the recipient email is

Should these services not be available for your sending intuition, please mail to:

Cal Poly Pomona

Attn: Admissions & Enrollment Planning

3801 W. Temple Ave.

Pomona, CA 91768

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State Authorization Regulations

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is approved to offer online programs to students residing in the following states. This list will be updated upon additional authorizations/exemptions. 

Approved States:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin

For State-based admission limitations and additional information, please visit: Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact: Alis Zakarian at


Important Dates for Domestic Graduate Applicants

Term of Application Application Deadline Supporting Document Deadline
Spring 2023 December 15, 2022 January 15, 2023
Fall 2023 July 1, 2023

Important Dates for International Graduate Applicants

Term of Application Application Deadline Supporting Document Deadline
Spring 2023 December 15, 2022 January 15, 2023
Fall 2023 July 1, 2023
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