Architecture, MS Specialization in Interior Design

Master of Science Degree in Architecture with a Specialization in Interior Design

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $452.00
  • $936.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Architecture, MS (Interior Design) degree prepares individuals for leadership roles in developing theory and applying it to 21st-century interior environments. 

Students of the Architecture, MS (Interior Design) program gain skills to:

  • Identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment.
  • Perform services relative to interior spaces including programming, design analysis, space planning and aesthetics.
  • Prepare all drawings and documents.

Students will gain research and theory-based problem-solving skills needed to address the increased complexity of interior built environments. Combining previous education, practical experience and scholarly inquiry, students will create new knowledge to advance the discipline and meet their career goals. The MS degree is a post-professional degree that provides opportunities for the student to examine current issues in depth. 

Students will explore issues that include the integration of design research into:

  • Professional practice 
  • Sustainability
  • Health & wellness
  • Senior living
  • Aging in place
  • Learning environments
  • Interior design pedagogy
  • Material culture 

The program is for graduates of an interior design program. The courses are taught by award-winning faculty with real-world experience. Students engaged in the program have a wide variety of opportunities for specialization within interior design. If interested in designing for aging adults, the program offers a dual Interior Design and Gerontology Certificate as part of the required program courses.

Students select courses within areas of interest including:

  • Healthcare
  • Workplace
  • Education environments
  • Wellness
  • Environmentally-conscious design

Career Outlook: Interior designers create beautiful, functional spaces for homes, offices and factories. Designers work to meet new industry standards, including creating spaces that are environmentally friendly and easily accessible. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for interior designers is projected to increase at a rate of 4%, which is as fast as average. The Bureau also reports that in 2016, about 1 in 5 interior designers were self-employed. 

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.