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Master of Science in Interior Design

The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a symbol of long-lasting traditions. The College's exemplary programs in architecture, interior design, and community and regional planning have a proud tradition of design excellence and leadership in education, research, and service to the State of Nebraska, the nation, and beyond.

Architecture is a mature field, literally one of the world's oldest professions, and one which is comprehensively served by the American university system. The discipline of interior design is relatively young and has only experienced significant recognition and the development of research and theory related to the interior built environment since the mid-twentieth century with the increased complexity of the interior built environment. Therefore, interior design, as it now exists, is by contrast a new discipline, and one which is predicted to grow exponentially in the coming decades. As the discipline continues to grow, there is a need to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles within the profession in the development of theory and its application to the interior built environment, as well as in the education of future professionals. The development of discipline-based research and professional degrees address the commitment of the field to the importance of theoretical development. A need exists for individuals to combine previous education, practical experience, and scholarly inquiry into the creation of new knowledge to advance the discipline.

With a nationally recognized undergraduate interior design program, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is perfectly poised to meet this need, of both the growing number of interior design students who seek advanced education, and the demand of various commercial sectors for designers with graduate degrees. The Interior Design Program has launched a Distance Education portion to the Masters degree. For more information on the Distance Ed / MS-ID program please visit the following page:

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(Please note: Course proposals for those courses numbered XXX have been written and are in the process of approval through the appropriate curriculum committees.)

Core Requirements (9 credit hours)

IDES 886 Evolving Issues in Interior Design (3 cr hrs)
ARCH 856 Behavioral and Social Factors in Environmental Design Behavior (3 cr hrs)
IDES 8XX Design Problems in the Interior Built Environment (3-6 cr hrs)

Discipline / Theory (6 credit hours)

6 credits to be selected in consultation with advisor.
The following represents possible course selections.

IDES 858 The Changing Workplace (3 cr hrs)
IDES 882 Color in the Built Environment (3 cr hrs)
IDES 860 Preservation and Meaning of Historic Interiors (3 cr hrs)
IDES 884 Material Culture: the Social Life of Things (3 cr hrs)
IDES 883 Domesticity and Power in the Colonial World (3 cr hrs)
ARCH/IDES 8XX Theories of Design Instruction (3 cr hrs)
ARCH/IDES 8XX Environments for Special Needs (3 cr hrs)
ARCH 841 Architecture History & Theory II (3 cr hrs)
ARCH 842 Contemporary Architecture (3 cr hrs)
ARCH 857 Housing Issues in Contemporary Society (2 cr hrs)
ARCH 846 Architecture, Society, and Culture II (3 cr hrs)
ARCH 863 Architectural Preservation (3 cr hrs)

Research Methods/Analytical Techniques (6 credit hours)

6 credits to be selected in consultation with advisor.

ARCH/IDES 885 Design Evaluation and Research (3 cr hrs)
ARCH/IDES 8XX Design Methods & Processes (3 cr hrs)

Research Methods (3 credit hours)

(To be selected from existing courses outside the College of Architecture)

Quantitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Historical Research Methods

Campus-wide Electives (3-6 credit hours)

In consultation with their interior design advisor, campus-wide electives can be chosen from graduate courses within the disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, business and history.

Independent Field Research or Internship (3-6 credit hours)

Thesis (6 credit hours)

The thesis will be used to gain new insights and to develop theory or to contribute to the body of knowledge that can in turn advance the discipline and practice of interior design.

Total Credits 36*
*The program should take approximately four semesters to complete.