The Master of Interior Architecture is a professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) offered collaboratively between UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona. We are the 3rd ranked CIDA-accredited program in the nation.* 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. All classes are taught at UCLA Extension facilities in Westwood, Los Angeles.
Program Requirements & Curriculum
We welcome students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-interior design disciplines. Individuals with no previous study in interior design or architecture must first complete prerequisites in or equivalent to UCLA Extension’s Certificate of Interior Design.
Admissions into to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires a 4-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of the 82 prerequisite units found in the Certificate Program (or equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Applying to the Master’s Program
Unlike the open enrollment format of the Certificate Program, prospective Master’s students must complete an application and submit additional documents in order to be evaluated for admission into the program. For detailed information about applying to the Masters Program, please see the Master of Interior Architecture Application Requirements.
Applicants who have taken interior design or architecture courses outside of UCLA Extension must have a transcript evaluation with Student Affairs Advisor, Suzanne Sheppard before applying. Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (310) 794-3747.
The Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires the completion of 63 quarter units (44 semester units). Full-time students can complete the program in 4 quarters/1 year. Upon admission into the program, students are required to register for some classes through Cal Poly Pomona’s BroncoDirect system. Please note that Cal Poly Pomona operates on a semester-system and unit conversions are listed simply for graduation paperwork requirements. All courses follow the UCLA Extension academic quarter schedule.
|Interior Architecture Studio A||ARCH X 430C/INA 601||6 Q.units||4 S. units|
|Concept Driven Design: Visual Seminar and Studio†||ARCH X 471.125||4 Q. units||3 S. units|
|Understanding Building Codes†||ARCH X 427.20/INA 542||3 Q. units||2 S. units|
|Interior Architecture Studio B||ARCH X 471.19/INA 602||6 Q. units||4 S. units|
|Research and Programming Methodologies†||ARCH X 497/INA 590||4 Q. units||3 S. units|
|Interior Detailing and Building Systems†||ARCH X 467.27B/INA 622||6 Q. units||4 S. units|
|Master’s Project: Interior Architecture Studio†||ARCH X 498.1/INA 691||8 Q. units||5 S. units|
|Business Strategies for Interior Architects||ARCH X 497.5/INA 671||4 Q. units||3 S. units|
|The Ecology of Design*||ARCH X 467.55/INA 531||2 Q. units||2 S. units|
|Master’s Project: Interior Architecture Documents†||ARCH X 498/INA 695||8 Q. units||5 S. units|
|Project Management for Interior Architects*||ARCH X 498.2/INA 672||4 Q. units||3 S. units|
* Offered in Spring & Fall only
† Classes restricted to only MIA students. Registration through Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Direct System
Eight quarter units, of choice, are required in the Master’s curriculum. A maximum of 2 units for one Internship can be used toward this requirement. The courses listed below are all the electives offered in our program, however, some may not be offered every quarter. Check course listing information for availability.
|Photographing Architecture & Interiors||ARCH X 467.11A/INA 560||4 Q. units||Available online|
|SketchUp||ARCH X 468.6A||2 Q. units||Available online|
|Advanced SketchUp||ARCH X 468.6B||2 Q. units||Available online|
|Interior Design Law I||ARCH X 497.10||2 Q. units||Available online|
|Interior Design Law II||ARCH X 497.11||2 Q. units||Available online|
|Advanced Portfolio Design & Graphic Storytelling||ARCH X 498.10||4 Q. units|
|Interior Rendering Techniques Using 3ds Max & V-Ray||ARCH X 498.12||4 Q. units||Available online|
|Interior Design in Films||ARCH X 498.22||2 Q. units|
|Decorating & Design|
|Residential Remodeling||ARCH X 406.6/INA 538||3.25 Q. units|
|A Survey of the Decorative Arts||ARCH X 443.16/INA 661||4 Q. units|
|Accessories for Residential Interiors||ARCH X 443.40||2 Q. units|
|Feng Shui for Designers & Architects||ARCH X 443.45||2 Q. units|
|Furniture Design||ARCH X 461.4/INA 539||4 Q. units|
|Internship & Independent Study|
|Professional Interior Architecture Internship||ARCH X 473/INA 615||2 Q. units|
|Independent Study †||INA 591||1-4 Q. units|
† Registration through Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Direct System.
Application Fee: $55
Estimated Program Tuition: $31,500*
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $4,000
Estimated Total Cost: $35,500
*Price per unit: $500. Elective costs vary.
Facts & Figures
Enrollment Data as of 2017
Retention rate for MIA students who began in 2016: 85.3%
Graduation rate for students who began in 2013: 83.7% (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2013: 93.0% (3 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2014: 80.5% (2 year graduation rate)
Job Placement Rate
Job placement rate for MIA students (students employed within 180 days of completion): 89.9%
- discipline related jobs: 93.2%
- non-discipline related jobs: 6.8%
Acceptance into Graduate Program