Online Master’s Degrees in Interior Design

An online master’s degree in interior design may equip individuals with skills required to design an aesthetically pleasing indoor space. In this one to two-year program, students may obtain advanced training beyond the basic design fundamentals, including computer-aided design and sustainable design. Program coursework may include specialized electives in a particular focus area as well as core classes including color and lighting, furniture design, and interior design style.

Upon graduation, students may either seek employment or pursue a doctoral degree in interior design. Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in interior design, commercial design, and architecture.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 19% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level interior design degree programs may consist of specialized electives as well as major classes. These classes may teach students how to build a professional portfolio, design retail spaces, and design fabric patterns. Core interior design classes may include the following:

  • Commercial Interiors
  • Residential Interior Architecture
  • Interior Architecture Design
  • Color and Lighting
  • History of Interior Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Interior Design Style

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may seek employment in architecture, interior furnishing, green design, kitchen design, and closet design. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, interior design employment opportunities are projected to increase by 19% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Senior Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sustainable Designer
  • Universal Designer.

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s program may wish to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree in interior design may advance the knowledge and expertise of students through extensive research and professional development.

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

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