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First Professional Interior Architecture Program (M.A.)

  • Program Overview

    M.A. in Interior Architecture, First Professional Program (87 Credits)

    The first professional Master of Arts in Interior Architecture degree program creates specialists who would like to pursue interior design for commercial and institutional, healthcare, residential, or sustainable interior environments.

    • 87-credit program for non-design professionals
    • Portfolio not required to apply
    • Individual and team-based learning within an "atelier" design studio setting to acquire advanced expertise for interior architectural practice
    • Integration of theory and practice through required coursework in interior design firm management and graduate student forums
    • Personal Advising
    • Networking opportunities
    • For information on admission requirements, please visit the "Curriculum" tab above. 
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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at:

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.
    • Priority Deadlines: March 20th for Fall, October 20th for Spring, then rolling admissions for both

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    • Assimilate highly technical, theoretical, and sophisticated problem solving methods in the development of the design of interior environments
    • Research, understand, and demonstrate the role and impact upon society that emerging design theories and technologies have on complex interior environments
    • Assess and synthesize project needs and strategies to operate in and communicate within a collaborative and integrated mode with other design specialist and related professions
    • Develop and advance current design principles, theories and academic research, and demonstrate a contribution to design practice, education, and society
    • Develop an understanding, application and specifying furniture, fixtures, finish materials, and environmental systems, controls and regulations to maximize occupant health, welfare, and comfort within interior environments
    • Develop a global perspective for design including an understanding and application of sustainable strategies that enhance users and planet earth

    Required Curriculum

    • IDI 501 - Foundations of Design (Cr: 2)
    • IDI 526 - Media I: Architectural Drafting (Cr: 2)
    • IDI 510 - Interior Environments Studio I (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 521 - Perspective and Rendering (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 506 - Art & Design History I (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 535 - Materials and Specification (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 531 - Media II: Electronic Media (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 505 - Design Dynamics I (Cr: 1)
    • IDI 540 - Media III (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 542 - Building Systems & Integrated Design (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 515 - Interior Environments Studio II (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 532 - Professional Practice/Portfolio (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 551 - Regulations and Guidelines (Cr: 1)
    • IDI 507 - Art & Design History II (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 560 - Internship (Cr: 2)
    • IDI 553 - Contract Documents (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 570 - Capstone Studio (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 533 - Advanced Media (Cr: 3)
    • IDI 508 - Art & Design History III (Cr: 3)
    • IA 515 - Theory and Criticism (Cr: 3)
    • IA 525 - Advanced Spatial Design Studio I (Cr: 4)
    • IA 527 - Spatial Phenomena (Cr: 3)
    • IA 530 - Psychology of Place (Cr: 3)
    • IA 507 - Art and Science of Interior Lighting (Cr: 3)
    • IA 516 - Research Methodology (Cr: 3)
    • IA 526 - Advanced Spatial Design Studio II (Cr: 4)
    • IA 508 - Design Dynamics II (Cr: 1)
    • IA 521 - Furniture Design History (Cr: 3)
    • IA 586 - Masters Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • IA 506 - Emerging Materials and Systems (Cr: 3)
    • IA 587 - Masters Thesis II (Cr: 4)

    Total Degree Requirements - 87 credits

    View academic catalog and learning outcomes
  • Internships and Careers

    An education from Endicott College means you will have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you are finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you will find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, dedicated faculty and staff are here to prepare you for your next step.

    Recent Internships & Job Sites

    • Stantec
    • Gensler
    • Perkins + Will
    • Elkus Manfredi Architects
    • Tsoi Kobus Design
    • Nelson
    • Siemasko & Verbridge
    • ARC 
    • Dyer Brown
    • SMMA
    • LWA
    • Institute of Human-Centered Design
    • Whitlock Design Group
    • Knoll
    • Visnick & Caulfield
    • Fresenius Medical 
    • Steffian Bradley Architects
    • Lavelle Brensinger Architects
    • Beige and Bleu*
    • North Folk Design*

    *Alumni Owned Firm


Endicott College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The Interior Architecture programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).