Interior Design


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    The national ranked Department of Interior Design at Iowa State University offers the following graduate degrees: 1. MFA in Interior Design: A terminal, post-professional degree emphasizing advanced creative achievement. This degree can be completed in as few as five semesters; 2. MA in Interior Design: A post-professional degree emphasizing applied design research and analysis; 3. First-Professional MA in Interior Design: Combines entry-level preparation with advanced knowledge of design analysis and research options.
Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.8 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Melissa Stenstrom
Phone: 515-294-3366
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Student Recruiter I
    Iowa State University
    715 Bissell Road
    159 Design
    Ames, IA 50011-3094

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Resume or CV
  • Digital portfolio
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Please submit your application by February 1 for priority admission consideration and for graduate assistantship consideration. Spring and summer entry not available.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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