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Online Master of Interior Architecture

 

cpp ucla logoThe Online Master of Interior Architecture is a professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) offered collaboratively between Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA Extension. The primary goal of the Master’s Program is to provide an opportunity for individuals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to pursue a rigorous program of part-time study that prepares them to enter the field of interior design incorporating the highest standards of professional practice. The program particularly serves career-change students seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming interior design professionals.

 

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Mission

As a unique collaboration between two highly regarded public institutions, the Online Master of Interior Architecture Program has a focused mission to provide a diverse population of students with a world-class education that frames interior design as a social art with the power to promote equity and inclusion, to foster sustainability and to enhance the esthetic dimension of human experience.

Vision

We contribute to making a positive difference in the world by inspiring students, who are often career changers, to fulfill lifelong dreams of becoming design professionals driven by a desire to provide a meaningful service to society.

Educational Philosophy

Our philosophy is embodied in the belief that students learn best from those who are actively engaged in building a better world. Our instructors are all practicing professionals who transfer the immediacy of their current practices directly into the learning experience. Moreover, Southern California’s legacy of innovative design makes it an ideal environment in which to cultivate the next generation of designers as critical, flexible, intuitive, rigorous, collaborative, analytical, and playful agents of change. They should be ready to challenge conventions when it provides tangible benefits to a project, and also know how to work within rules and requirements to accomplish a client’s goals. They should be passionate advocates for sustainable technologies and powerful communicators of their own ideas. In a broad sense, they should be committed to improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  Above all, they need to be dedicated to an ongoing pursuit of lifelong learning and the furthering of creative excellence in the field.

Goals

The primary goal for the Master of Interior Architecture program is to provide an opportunity for individuals, with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, to pursue a rigorous program of full-time or part-time study that prepares them to enter the field of interior design, incorporating the highest standards of professional practice. The knowledge and skillsets imparted to students will enable them to stand out in the workplace and to take on leadership roles in an increasingly competitive industry. As students progress through the required sequence of classes, they will learn to:

  • Explore the history of ideas, methods, and styles of design
  • Engage in critical thinking
  • Generate imaginative solutions that challenge conventions
  • Enhance experiential qualities of the physical environment
  • Evaluate and respond to multiple sets of user needs
  • Implement strategies of sustainability
  • Assimilate methods of professional practice
  • Employ cutting-edge digital technologies
  • Collaborate with others in the problem-solving process
  • Communicate with clarity and passion
  • Contribute in a meaningful way to the community

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
Oklahoma
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
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 azakarian@cpp.edu

Student Achievement Data

The following retention and attrition rates are for Master of Interior Architecture students who began the program per calendar year. 

Year
Started

Retention Rate

Attrition Rate

2017

84.6%

15.4%

2018

92.1%

7.9%

2019

87.5%

12.5%

2020

86.7%

13.3%

2021

94.6%

5.4%

2022

89.7%

10.3%

 

Since students can elect to take the Master of Interior Architecture program on a full- or part-time basis, the length of the program will vary from student to student. The following graduation rates are for Master of Interior Architecture students who began the program per calendar year. 

Year
Started

Two-Year
Graduation Rate

Three-Year
Graduation Rate

2017

81.6%

92.1%

2018

75.0%

87.5%

2019

62.2%

83.8%

2020

79.3%

86.2%

2021

80.6%

94.4%

Master of Interior Architecture students employed within 180 days of program completion: 87.0%. Of these, 94.3% were in discipline-related jobs, and 5.1% in non-discipline-related jobs.



The following are acceptance rates for the Master of Interior Architecture degree program. Students who apply to this graduate program must have a bachelor’s degree in any field.

Year

Acceptance Rate

2017

87.7%

2018

90.2%

2019

90.0%

2020

89.5%

2021

90.0%

2022

91.7%

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UCLA Extension 
 

Architecture and Interior Design Program  
10960 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1600 
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 825-9061
Email: ARC_ID@uclaextension.edu

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