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The Department Interior Architecture offers a graduate program of study leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree requiring a minimum of 60 hours. At least 30 hours of these hours must be in 600-level courses. The requirements include:

Studio Course (18 hours) 
IAR 501 Advanced Interior Architecture I (6)
IAR 502 Advanced Interior Architecture II (6)
IAR 602 Advanced Interior Design III (6)

Required Core Courses (6 hours) 
IAR 631 Environmental Design Research (3)
IAR 645 Seminar in Interior Architecture (3)

Electives in Area of Specialization (27-33 hours) 
With prior approval by the Director of Graduate Study or the student’s thesis chair, a student will select a minimum of 27 hours in this area from the IAR courses or from other 500 and 600 level courses taught in related areas in other departments. 

Internship/ professional experience (3-12 hours)
With prior approval by the student’s thesis chair and the Director of Graduate Study in IAR, a student will select a minimum of 3 hours in this area. Both courses can be taken twice for credit.
IAR 600 Supervised Professional Experience (1-4)
IAR/HIS 690 Internship (3)

Thesis (6 hours) (Capstone Experience)
The student will complete 6 hours thesis and participate in a public defense of the thesis before other students and faculty members. The student’s thesis committee will be responsible for reviewing and approving successful completion of the thesis. Credit may be divided over two or more semesters. Students can opt to defend their thesis in the spring or summer semester of their second year or fall semester of third year. View Past Graduate Theses Topics 
IAR 699 Thesis (6)

For examples of curricular sequence based on current IAR faculty’s area of research, click here.

Admission to Candidacy
Students will need to be formally admitted to candidacy for the MFA degree. Students must have successfully completed two semesters of full-time graduate work, possess a B (3.0) average in all courses taken during the first two semesters, and have an overall grade record consistent with the regulations stated in The Graduate School Bulletin. In addition, the application to candidacy must be approved by IAR graduate faculty. The faculty will meet with students to review work and sign candidacy forms early in the fall semester of the second year of graduate work. Students are limited to two candidacy reviews. If a student is not admitted to candidacy during the first review, the review team will issue written recommendations for further studies. The second review will take place within a year of the first. Failure to pass candidacy for the second time will prohibit the student from continuing in the program.

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