The M.S. in Design and Merchandising, Interior Design Specialization offers the opportunity for you to explore creativity, sustainability, and health and wellness within the context of interior design. Whether you are seeking greater depth and the research skills to engage in evidence-based design or planning to return to practice with terminal degree credentials enabling you to teach, our program can change your career. The Plan A emphasizes the development of content knowledge and research skills through the completion of an original research study, preparing graduates well for doctoral level work or for industry positions requiring critical thinking and analytical abilities and/or depth of knowledge in the field.

Areas of graduate study and research in Interior Design (ID) include:

  • Commercial design
  • Creativity
  • Cultural/global design
  • Healthcare facilities design
  • Sense of place/sense of self
  • Sustainable design
  • Universal design


Department Core
DM 501Research and Theory-Design and Merchandising3
DM 551Research Methods3
Specialized research/data analysis methods 13
Out-of-department Course 23
Specialization Courses
Select a minimum of 12 credits 312
DM 699Thesis6
Program Total Credits:30

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.