Supporting Documents Deadline
July 1, 2020
August 1, 2020
Required Educational Background
Admission to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires a 4-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and the completion of the 82 prerequisite units (Certificate/Foundation Level) or equivalent with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
We welcome students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-design disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in interior design is not required for admission into the Master’s program. Applicants with no previous study in interior design or architecture must complete the Foundation Level prerequisite classes before applying to the Master’s level. The 82 prerequisite units are offered through the Interior Design Certificate curriculum.
Applicants who do have an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or similar design-related field may be eligible to bypass the Foundation Level prerequisites and apply directly to the Master’s level. Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation by our Program Advisor is required in order to qualify for Advanced Standing. Unofficial transcripts can be used for this review process. Click here to schedule an appointment with the Student Advisor or call (310) 794-3747.
Required Application Materials
Please submit your application online. The CSU application for graduate admissions can be found at (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply). If you have questions, please refer to this guide. Please note that you must forward a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension.
In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Cal Poly Pomona is requesting that your send your Final Official Transcripts electronically. If your sending institution does not offer electronic transcripts, we recommend using the following services:
If sending PDF transcripts, please indicate the recipient email is “firstname.lastname@example.org”
Should these services not be available for your sending institution, please mail to:
*Please do not open transcripts, otherwise they will be considered unofficial and we will not be able to accept them. Allow 2 week for transcripts to be processed and reflected on your “to-do” list.
Start by uploading PDF copies of transcripts from each college/university that you have attended, including Certificate coursework. You must then arrange for official transcripts from each of your schools to be mailed directly to:
Cal Poly Pomona
Office of Admissions & Enrollment Planning
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
If you have received a degree from an institution outside of the United States, you must mail an official paper copy, along with a certified translation if in a language other than English.
UCLA Extension Certificate Program official transcripts can be ordered here.
English Language Proficiency Test
Due to cancellations of in-person testing worldwide as a result of COVID-19, Cal Poly Pomona has approved the temporary use of the Duolingo test. Duolingo test can be taken in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS by June 30, 2020.
Graduate Minimum Duolingo Score: 105
Graduate applicants who are required to demonstrate English Proficiency for Fall 2020 can make use of this temporary accommodation or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, if available.
All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not completed at least three years of full-time enrollment at the secondary level where English is the principal language of instruction are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score:
TOEFL: 550 (paper based)/213 (computer based)/83 (internet)
IELTS: band score of 6.5
The score cannot be more than two years old. Upload a copy of your score in the “Program Materials” section of the application. You must contact ETS to have your official TOEFL score released. Paper copies are not accepted. The TOEFL code needed from ETS to send your score to Cal Poly Pomona is 4082.
Explain your interests, motivations and goals in pursuing a professional degree. This should not exceed 750 words. Upload a PDF copy in the “Program Materials” section of the application.
Three recommendations are required and should be submitted by individuals in a position to assess your potential in the interior design profession or in a Master’s level academic program. All recommendations must be submitted electronically using the portal in the application. It is your responsibility to ensure that recommendation requests are received and completed on time. Applicants will not be notified about missing recommendations. Failure to receive three complete letters will prevent you from submitting your application. Please inform your recommenders that communication will be sent from (email@example.com). If you have questions, please refer to this guide.
Your portfolio must include visual work illustrating your creative or analytical abilities in written, graphic, or mathematical form. Upload a PDF copy in the “Program Materials” section of the application. Please note that the portfolio cannot be larger than 15 megabytes.
A non-refundable filing fee must be paid at the time of application submission. Payments are accepted by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, and AMEX) or PayPal.
Application Copy for UCLA Extension
Please download and email a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension to (ARC_ID@unex.ucla.edu). Please use the following format in the subject line:
MIA [Quarter Applied] – [Last Name, First Name]
Example: MIA Fall 2019 – Doe, Jane
To download a copy of your completed application, login from www2.calstate.edu/apply and select the “Check Status” tab. You will see a download icon.
International Students (F-1 visa)
In preparation for the I-20 process, please see the following link for the requirements pertaining to your visa: (https://www.cpp.edu/~international/students/incoming-students/f1-visa-i-20.shtml). Cal Poly Pomona’s International Center will be in contact with you upon admission into the program.