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Deadline approaching to submit your Master of Interior Architecture application materials for Fall 2016 Quarter admissions!

ucla extension and cal poly pomonaAre you planning to apply to the Master of Interior Architecture Program? If so, you only have a few more weeks to turn in your application materials. The Fall 2016 Quarter starts on September 19, 2016, but all application materials are due by June 1, 2016. You can begin submitting your application materials any time between now and the deadline.

Applicants who have an educational background 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 request a transcript evaluation.

For a full list of required application materials and additional details, please see the Master of Interior Architecture Application Requirements.

If you would like to apply to a future quarter, please see the Important Deadlines for Graduate Applicants.

Have additional questions about applying or the Master’s program? Check out the Master of Interior Architecture FAQs.


Apply to the Master of Interior Architecture Program!

Do you have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA? Have you completed the 82 prerequisite units in the Certificate/Foundation Level or have equivalent coursework completed? If so, you are eligible to apply to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program at UCLA Extension.

The deadline to submit the Master of Interior Architecture application for SPRING QUARTER 2016 is January 1, 2016. 

Spring 2016 begins March 28, 2016. You can begin submitting your application materials any time between now and the deadline.

CLICK HERE to get started!


If you are applying as an International Student, please refer to the Cal Poly Pomona Admission Requirements for International Students for further instructions.

International students are required to supply additional materials when applying to the MIA program. If you are an international student, click here for application requirement details. Please note: You will only need to submit those items to Cal Poly Pomona and are not required to send them to UCLA Extension. However, in addition to those items, you are still required to provide the application materials listed below.

Details about the Semester Conversion at Cal Poly Pomona


Cal Poly Pomona is well underway in its conversion to the semester calendar, with the go-live date of fall 2018. The semester schedule will provide for deeper, more meaningful student projects, richer learning experiences, and extended time to develop mentoring relationships between students and faculty.

In addition, the calendar will better align Cal Poly Pomona’s academic schedule with the vast majority of California community colleges, opening up more opportunities for efficiency and collaboration. Semester conversion creates an opportunity to review the curricula to ensure that they are current and to increase opportunities for students to engage in activities that prepare them to meet the needs of the 21st century.

The university is undertaking this project thoughtfully, with great care for the concerns of students, faculty and staff. Over the next few years, faculty and staff will be hard at work on semester conversion, redesigning academic programs to serve students effectively.


The first phase is curriculum redesign. Academic departments started curriculum development for the semester calendar in summer 2014. All departments submitted course and program pre-proposals in February for approval by their College Curriculum Committee. Faculty members are developing extended course outlines for the new, revisioned, and general education courses, to be submitted in the spring quarter. View the detailed timeline for more dates and information.


The next steps in curriculum preparation will consist of approval for courses and programs at the college, Academic Senate, President, and Chancellor’s Office levels, as necessary,. Faculty will be working at the department level to create paths for student advising. A variety of tools will be used in academic departments and by staff advisors to help students in the advising process. The conversion advising sub-committee is working on an advising timeline and work frame for this process, which will involve consultation with faculty and staff advisors.


  • May 1, 2015: Academic departments submit final course proposals of revisioned and discontinued courses.
  • June 1, 2015: Academic departments submit final course proposals of general education courses.
  • Oct. 9, 2015:
    • Academic departments submit final program proposals.
    • Colleges and Academic Senate committees review courses and programs.
  • March 10, 2017: Finish review of courses and programs by Academic Senate and/or University Curriculum Committee, as required.
  • Sept. 15, 2017: 2018-19 Catalog ready for advising use.
  • Fall 2017: Applications for fall 2018 semester received.
  • Fall 2018: Classes begin in semester calendar.


Semester Conversion Website
Semester Conversion Timeline
Semester Conversion FAQs


Dr. Francelina Neto
Director of Semester Conversion
(909) 869-5549

Valerie Otto
Semester Conversion Administrative Coordinator
(909) 869-5548

It’s Official! We’ve been awarded with another six years of accreditation!

Back in April 2014, we underwent a thorough re-accreditation process for our Master of Interior Architecture degree. We are happy to share the Summary of Decision from CIDA confirming that the MIA Program has been officially awarded a new six year term of accreditation.

Thank you to all of you who supported our efforts and helped us achieve this positive outcome.

The collaborative program in interior architecture leading to the Master of Interior Architecture degree meets Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Professional Standards and has been awarded accreditation for a term of six years, effective July 2014. The Accreditation Commission is pleased to recognize this achievement. The Accreditation Commission’s decision was based on the interior design program’s demonstrated achievement of sixteen accreditation standards, which are evaluated within the context and overarching purpose and intent of the program. CIDA accreditation standards broadly address the evolving components of graduate preparation for interior design practice, including:

  • critical thinking, professional values, and processes that provide the framework of interior design practice;
  • core design and technical knowledge that provide the historical, theoretical, and technical contents of interior design practice.

CIDA accreditation standards also address the institutional systems, structures, and resources that are fundamental to providing an effective higher education learning environment for interior design. Award of CIDA accreditation attests to the quality of the interior design program and benefits the public and program in many ways. Parents, students, and employers of graduates can be assured that the program meets the rigor of peer review and develops the skills and knowledge required to practice interior design. Furthermore, the accreditation process provides the program with valuable input for continued development and assists the program in adapting to meet evolving professional requirements as CIDA updates standards. In three years, the interior design program will be required to submit a Progress Report to CIDA addressing ongoing program development, as well as the following Standards:

Standard 1. Mission, Goals, and Curriculum: The interior design program has a mission statement that describes the scope and purpose of the program. Program goals are derived from the mission statement and the curriculum is structured to achieve these goals.

Standard 2. Global Perspective for Design: Entry‐level interior designers have a global view and weigh design decisions within the parameters of ecological, socio‐economic, and cultural contexts.

Standard 3. Human‐Centered Design: The work of interior designers is informed by knowledge of human factors and theories of human behavior related to the built environment.

Standard 4. Design Process: Entry‐level interior designers need to apply all aspects of the design process to creative problem solving. Design process enables designers to identify and explore complex problems and generate creative solutions that optimize the human experience within the interior environment.

Standard 16. Support and Resources: The interior design program must have a sufficient number of qualified faculty members, as well as adequate administrative support and resources, to achieve program goals.

The program is scheduled to be revisited in 2020 to seek re‐accreditation.

Open House Archive (from 12.3.09)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended our very successful open house on Thursday, December 3rd! An archived link to the online Wimba stream of the presentation is now available. We thought current students might also be interested in Mr. Daniels’ comments about the term interior architecture (which are in the introduction and opening statements) and his brief words on the Master’s program (during the Q & A at the end) so we have included a link to the archive:


Participants and students who wish to view the entire archive (1h:50m) will have to copy and paste the link into their browser, then login as participant with their name (the top option, without a password). Those who did not attend the open house can still view the archive by selecting “participant” and inserting your name to enter the archive (no password needed). If you only want the question and answer session (much of which has to do with the Master’s Program) please go to time Marker + 4:00 –> 1:10:05. If many participants are on at once, the page may take some time to load.