Master of Science in Interior Architecture

Photo of students working on a project If you have an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture or a closely related design field, this option is the one for you. Building on their design background, students expand their understanding of the theory and practice of current preservation or museum studies through the common core classes for either concentration. In addition to the core classes, students explore more specialized issues in Historic Preservation or Museum Studies in self-directed graduate design studio courses and in a master's thesis. Design students in both concentrations go beyond the classroom to apply their knowledge through practical field-based courses and internships.

Historic Preservation concentration

Approaching preservation from the designer's perspective offers opportunities to identify, document, evaluate, restore, rehabilitate, and adapt the historic built environment. As preservationists work with historic buildings, neighborhoods, urban downtowns, and rural districts, they directly impact the quality of life for local communities as they protect and enhance their sense of place. Career paths include preservation-related design and planning practice, architectural survey fieldwork, architectural conservation, and historic site interpretation or administration.

Museum Studies concentration

Approaching museum studies from the designer's perspective offers special opportunities to tell stories visually and graphically through designing exhibits or interpreting historic interiors. Students learn how to present the past in meaningful ways to the larger community. Career options include working at a museum, historic site, or other public history venue as an exhibit designer, graphic designer, web designer, and historic site interpreter or administrator.