Prospective Students


This year, UNCG launches the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interior Architecture, offering students a venue for advanced investigations of the interior environment in close collaboration with faculty mentors. Students pursuing an MFA in Interior Architecture develop their own intellectual interests in design while preparing for careers in teaching, research, or specialized practice. With a long-standing history of community-engaged efforts and environmentally conscious design, the Department of Interior Architecture supports a broad range of student specializations based on current faculty’s area of expertise. This post-professional degree is geared toward students with undergraduate degrees in interior architecture, interior design, or a related field. Students will take eight to nine related content courses, a two-course research methods sequence, at least three graduate-level design studios, and develop a thesis generated from their selected area of focus. For a list of IARc thesis titles, click here.

Special attention may be directed toward design for special populations, digital design and simulation, community formation and transformation, architectural conservation, design graphics, design research in professional practice, ecological design, environmental ethics and socio-spatial justice, evidence-based design, feminist design theory and pedagogy, furniture design and production, historic preservation theory and practice, industrial manufacturing and digital fabrication, interdisciplinary study, interior product design, lighting design, material culture, place theory, and sustainability. For curricular sequence based on current IAR faculty’s area of research, please click here.

Admission to the graduate program is contingent upon acceptance by both the Department of Interior Architecture and The Graduate School. The UNCG Graduate School requires academic transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation from all applicants. Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in undergraduate work. Acceptable GRE scores are 152 for verbal, 152 for quantitative if taken after August 1, 2011 or test scores in the 500 range on both the verbal and quantitative sections. A score of 4.0 or better on the analytical writing section is an acceptable prerequisite for consideration. In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit the following items directly to the department:

  • One to two page personal statement including the reason for applying to the MFA program in Interior Architecture at UNCG, how it relates to the candidate's career goals, and what s/he may want to specialize in and why, if admitted. 
  • Portfolio of design work including representative examples of design work with short written descriptions of the projects to provide an overview of the candidate’s design skills and design experience. Examples of 2-D or 3-D art work could be included, if applicable.

Selected candidates would be invited for a personal interview face-to-face or online after all the documents for admission are submitted. An undergraduate professional degree in interior architecture or interior design is preferred. Candidates who do not hold a professional undergraduate degree in interior architecture or interior design but are graduates of related environmental design programs, such as architecture or industrial design, can be admitted but may be required to complete specific undergraduate prerequisite courses in interior architecture as part of their graduate studies. Such decisions will be based upon individual evaluation of credentials, portfolio, and design experience. Individuals who do not have a design-related undergraduate degree or a significant amount of design-related undergraduate coursework are strongly encouraged to apply for the department’s professional degree program — the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture.

Enrollment in the program is limited and priority is given to applications received before April 1. The department has a small number of competitive graduate assistantships and scholarships for incoming graduate students. Those applying for the Post-Baccalaureate certificate are strongly encouraged to apply no later than April 1. The department offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historic Preservation for professionals who already have a job in the field (and are seeking further training) or people who already have a Master's and want to gain additional skills.

To apply online, visit the Graduate School web site. You can also request information by filling out the form on this link. You will be sent a packet that includes information on UNCG, housing options, and financial aid. For more information on the UNCG Graduate School, visit or you may contact the UNCG Graduate School by telephone at 336/334-5596.

For additional information on the Interior Architecture graduate program, contact:
Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, Professor and Director of Graduate Study at
Department of Interior Architecture
116 Gatewood Studio Arts Building 
Post Office Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170


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