UCLA Extension

Master of Interior Architecture Application Requirements

Application Term

Application Deadline

Supporting Documents Deadline

Spring 2023

(classes begin April 3, 2023)

December 15, 2022 January 10, 2023

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 (or equivalent) 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 or architecture 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

Application Deadline

Supporting Documents Deadline

  • CSU Application includes:

    • Personal Statement

    • Portfolio

    • Unofficial Transcripts

    • Contact information for 3 references

  • Application Fee

  • Application Copy for UCLA Extension

  • Official Transcripts 

  • TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo Score, if applicable

  • Recommendations from 3 references


CSU Application

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 guidePlease note that you must forward a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension.


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 sent directly to Cal Poly Pomona’s Office of Admissions. If the official transcript is in a language other than English, you must also submit a certified translation. Transcripts from UCLA Extension’s Certificate Program can be ordered here

Transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to Cal Poly Pomona.

If your sending institution does not offer electronic transcripts, we recommend using the following services:

If sending PDF transcripts, please indicate the recipient email as “verify@cpp.edu”

Important: Do NOT send to yourself and then forward to “verify@cpp.edu” or they will be considered unofficial, they must be sent directly to the email address above. 

Should these services not be available for your sending institution, please mail to:

Cal Poly Pomona
Attn: Office of Admissions
3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

*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.

English Language Proficiency Test

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 scores from an approved English language proficiency test.

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 then request for your official score to be released electronically. Paper copies are not accepted. The TOEFL code needed from ETS to send your score to Cal Poly Pomona is 4082.

Minimum TOEFL or IELTS score requirements:

  • TOEFL:   550 (paper based)/213 (computer based)/83 (internet)
  • IELTS:     band score of 6.5

**COVID-19 Update**

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. 

Graduate Minimum Duolingo Score: 105 

Graduate applicants who are required to demonstrate English Proficiency can make use of this temporary accommodation or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, if available.

Personal Statement

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.

Recommendations (3)

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 (calstateapply@liaisoncas.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.

Application Fee

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.