M.A. in Interior Architecture, First Professional Program (37 Credits)
For creative professionals with an interior design undergraduate degree, the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (post-professional) program focuses on developing ability, knowledge, and applicability to:
- Global design issues
- Human behavior
- Occupant comfort
- Contribution to the built environment
- Strengthen your skills in critical thinking, design mastery, evidence-based research, and visual and oral communication.
- 37-credit program for those working in the design field
- Portfolio required to apply
- Integration of theory and practice through required coursework in interior design firm management and graduate student forums
- Application of design research, theory, and technology to professional practice
- Personal advising
- Networking opportunities
- For information on admission requirements, please visit the "Curriculum" tab above.
- Interior Architecture Laptop Requirement
- See examples of student work.
All candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply
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.
- Design portfolio required with a minimum of 15 pieces of design work
- 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
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
IA XXX Elective (Must be 500 level or higher) - 3 cr.IA 515 - Theory and CriticismIA 505 - Advanced Interior Environment Studio IIA 530 - Psychology of PlaceIA 507 - Art and Science of Interior LightingIA 516 - Research MethodologyIA 508 - Design Dynamics IIIA 510 - Advanced Interior Environment Studio IIIA 586 - Masters Thesis IIA 521 - Furniture Design HistoryIA 506 - Emerging Materials and SystemsIA 587 - Masters Thesis II
ElectivesIA 518 - Scandinavian Architecture and Interior ArchitectureIA 590E - Design Practice Research InternshipIA 617 - Contemporary Architectural IconsIA 620 - Global Sustainable Interior Architecture StudioIA 630 - Special Topics Studio
Total Degree Requirements - 37 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
- Perkins + Will
- Elkus Manfredi Architects
- Tsoi Kobus Design
- Siemasko & Verbridge
- Dyer Brown
- Institute of Human-Centered Design
- Whitlock Design Group
- 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).