Online Doctoral Degrees in Interior Design

An online doctoral degree in interior design may advance the professional development and leadership skills of experienced designers. In this three to five-year program, students may conduct extensive research in various facets of interior design, including construction, architecture, and textile design. Program coursework may include dissertation preparation courses alongside major-specific classes including design communications, organizational systems and design, and facility management and design.

Upon graduation, students may seek employment in their chosen field. Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in post-secondary education, research and design, and commercial design.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 19% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level interior design degree programs may consist of research-heavy dissertation preparation programs along with core coursework. These classes may allow students to focus on a specific area within the field, such as urban design, industrial design, or universal design. Core interior design classes may include the following:

  • Organizational Systems and Design
  • Interior Design Systems and Practices
  • Design Communications
  • Facility Management and Design
  • Design Planning and Analysis
  • Universal Design and Accessibility
  • Environment and Aging

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in post-secondary education, architecture, commercial interior design, and furniture design. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, interior design employment opportunities are projected to increase by 19% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • College Professor
  • Senior Design Director
  • Sustainable Designer
  • Universal Designer
  • Design Researcher

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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