Master of Arts in Interior Design

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Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 10


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 7.0 IELTS Minimum score
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Master of Arts in Interior Design (M.A.I.D.) is a terminal professional degree which prepares the graduate to enter professional practice and take NCIDQ exam; to pursue career paths in research and higher education; and to matriculate into a Ph.D program. The philosophy of the Interior Design program is based on a concern for human beings and the creation of interior settings that support human activities and values. We are focused on how design excellence and innovation can tackle issues surrounding the human condition in the built environmental, especially around health and well-being and environmental stewardship. Additionally, we are deeply interested in how qualities of spatial design impact human experience and performance.

Admission Requirements:

The M.A. Interior Design program accepts applications for each Fall semester through the priority deadline of January 10. Admission decisions will be sent by March 15 via e-mail from

For current instructions and requirements visit the Admissions Procedure website for the M.A. Interior Design program.

Student Opportunities:

Interior Design graduate students are leaders in the School of Design and Construction (SDC), regularly serving as highly valued teaching and research assistants. The student experience is enriched by interdisciplinary activities within the SDC such as lectures, exhibits, study tours, study abroad, design competitions, internships, and integrated studios, all which allow for educational and professional engagement on the local, regional, national, and international levels.

The Interior Design program supports dissemination of design-research in academic venues and competitions. In recent years, both thesis and non-thesis graduate student work has been peer-reviewed and invited for presentation at the following conferences: Academy of Neuroscience in Architecture (ANFA), European Architectural Envisioning Association (EAEA), Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), and Western States Public Health Association. Additionally, creative accomplishments have been recognized by Retail Design Institute, Wiley, and IDEC.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates of this program are prepared for successful careers as interior designers, interior architects, project managers, educators, researchers, and industry representatives.

Career Placements:

Employment placement rate is over 90% in a variety of settings, such as:

Acrylicize – North American Director
MPLUS Interior Design Company Limited (Macau) / Co-Founder
The Design COLLECTIVE – Interior Design Intern
CSHQA – Project Manager
GDC Technics – Aircraft Interior Designer
5ive Creative – Designer
Rice Fergus Miller – Principal
Krause Interior Architecture – Interior Designer
HPM Building Supply – Home Planning Program Manager
Designology- Owner/Designer
VM Store Planning at REI – Senior Project Manager
NELSON – Interior Designer
Integrus Architecture – Interior Designer
California State University – Assistant Professor Program Coordinator, Interior Design
NBBJ – Interior Designer
Bernardo Wills Architects – Interior Designer
NK Architects – Project Architect
WSU – Research and Teaching Faculty
University of New Haven – Faculty

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