Master of Interior Architecture

Useful Contacts


The Department of Architecture offers a program of study that leads to the degree Master of Interior Architecture. The Master of Interior Architecture is a professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) and is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. 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 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.

This program is offered collaboratively by Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA Extension. At Cal Poly Pomona, the program is offered through the College of the Extended University. Most of the classes are taught at UCLA Extension facilities in Westwood in Los Angeles.

The M. INT. ARCH program requires 63 units of academic work that may be completed in four quarters of full-time study. For students with no previous study in interior architecture, up to 82 academic units of preparatory work may be required. A Master’s project is the culminating requirement for the Master of Interior Architecture degree. The 82 prerequisite units are offered through UCLA Extension. For information on these classes, please contact:

UCLA Extension
Architecture and Interior Design Program
10995 Le Conte Ave., Suite 414
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1333
Phone: 310 794 3747


The Master of Interior Architecture had its first accreditation visit
from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in spring 2014. In
July 2014 the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) awarded
the collaborative program in interior architecture leading to the Master
of Interior Architecture degree an accreditation term of six years,
effective July 2014.


For admission to the Master of Interior Architecture program an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree and have attained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and have completed the 82 prerequisite units or their equivalent. Students who are admitted to the program must be able to demonstrate that their undergraduate degree includes a minimum of 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of diverse liberal arts and science courses, as defined by CIDA, or have taken additional approved courses in these areas to achieve this minimum number of units. Students may enter the Master of Interior Architecture program during any quarter and the program accepts non-resident and foreign students. If you are applying as a foreign student, please contact the Foreign Student Advisor in Admissions at (909) 869-5299.

The Office of Admissions and Outreach requires the following material sent directly to them:

The CSU application for graduate admissions can be found at Please submit your application online. For questions regarding application procedures please contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach (909 869-3210).

Official copies of your transcripts from ALL schools, sent directly from the schools, to the Office of Admissions and Outreach. For those whose native language is not English a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based)/213 (computer based)/80 (Internet) or an IELTS (International Language Testing System – Academic) band score of 6.5 or higher, is required for admission. This score should not be more than two years old and should be submitted directly to:

Office of Admissions and Outreach

Cal Poly Pomona

3801 West Temple Avenue

Pomona, CA 91768

In addition to the standard university application forms and official transcripts of all college and certificate work that must be submitted to the Admissions and Outreach Office, applicants are required to submit the following to:

UCLA Extension
Architecture and Interior Design Program
10995 Le Conte Ave., Suite 414
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1333


A copy of your application;


Official transcripts (directly from all schools, including all of your university coursework, and certificate coursework); and


A statement of purpose of intentions, explaining your interests, motivations, and goals in pursuing a professional degree in Architecture. The statement of purpose should be on a separate sheet and NOT included in the application;


Three letters of recommendations from those in a position to assess the applicant’s potential for either the profession of interior architecture or a master’s level academic program. (The recommendation should be written in letter format on letterhead, there is no form to complete.); and


A portfolio, (NO LARGER THAN 9’ X 12” BOUND) illustrating creative or analytic ability in written, graphic, or mathematical form, of any work you have done with regard to visual work (should not be original material). A self-addressed postage-paid envelope must be included if you want your portfolio returned; otherwise it will be discarded/destroyed.

Personal interviews are not required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but is not required. Additional materials, beyond those required, may be submitted.


All materials, including all supplementary materials are due:

For admission Winter 2015: November 3, 2014
For admission Spring 2015: February 3, 2015
For admission Fall 2015: July 15, 2015


The Master of Interior Architecture degree requires 63 quarter units of academic work. For students with little background in interior architecture, up to 82 quarter units of prerequisite work may be required for unconditional admission into the program. The primary education goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to successfully enter the profession of interior architecture and design with a high level of creativity and critical thinking along with requisite technical knowledge and communication skills. As they move through the sequence of required classes, students are expected to demonstrate:

An understanding of professional values, ethics, and responsibilities;

The capacity to engage in critical and creative thinking;

Knowledge of the fundamentals of art and design theories;

The capacity to use knowledge of human behavior and respond to user needs in design;

The use of history of Western environmental arts to interpret the present;

Knowledge and skill in 2-D and 3-D design processes;

Knowledge and skill in programming, schematic design and preparation of construction documents;

Capacity to clearly communicate visually, orally and in writing using manual and computer techniques;

Knowledge of building systems and materials/product selection and installation;

Knowledge of fire, safety, and building codes and universal design requirements;

Knowledge of interior environmental health conditions and sustainability principles and practices;

Knowledge about professional and business practices;

Evaluate multiple sets of client/user needs, coordinate details;

Contribute to community in a meaningful way.









Retention Rate
Retention rate in 2013 for MIA students who began in 2012: 71%

Graduation Rate
Graduation rate in 2013 for students who began in 2011: 62% (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate in 2013 for students who began in 2010: 90% (3 year graduation rate)

Job Placement Rate
Job placement rate for MIA students in 2013 (students employed within 180 days of completion in 2013): 95%



Graduate Coordinator
Professor Kip A. Dickson

Admissions: (909) 869-3210
Records: (909) 869-4900
Financial Aid: (909) 869-3700
Housing: (909) 869-3307
Architecture: (909) 869-2683

Students in self-support programs cannot use CSU Mentor.



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