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Architecture, MS Specialization in Interior Design

Master of Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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This Master of Science, specialization in Interior Design degree program prepares individuals for leadership roles in developing theory and applying it to 21st-century interior environments. Ranked 6th in the nation by Design Intelligence magazine, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln's interior design graduate program is one of the best programs for preparing students for real-world success. The program was ranked by design professionals at more than 200 U.S. firms who make hiring decisions and performance evaluations of recent architecture and design graduates.

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 program is for graduates of an interior design program. The courses are taught by award-winning faculty with real-world experience and are offered completely online. 

Lindsey Bahe
Associate Professor, Interim Director Interior Design

Lindsey Bahe has taught and developed a range of courses within the Interior Design curriculum. Before her academic career, Bahe practiced as an architectural design professional working on large scale commercial and public buildings, later she continued her practice focusing primarily on residential design. Bahe is deeply committed to the education of future designers of the built environment and her classroom instruction and teaching have been nationally recognized.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Undergraduate degree in architecture, interior design, or a closely related field

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Portfolio of work

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ARCH 835Advanced Lighting Design3

Course Number: ARCH 835

Lec 1, lab 4. Prereq: ARCH 333 or IDES 335 or by permission. Translation of physical measurements of sensory stimuli into architectural-spatial relationships with respect to artificial and natural illumination; advanced lighting theories and techniques through lecture, discussion, simulation, and direct application to spatial design/development.

ARCH 841Architecture History & Theory II3

Course Number: ARCH 841

Lec 3. Prereq: For students in the professional program: formal acceptance into the architecture program by faculty or permission Selected aspects of the history and theory of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architecture emphasizing the intellectual impact and material expression of cultural change.

ARCH 842Contemporary Architecture3

Course Number: ARCH 842

Lec 3. Prereq: For students in the professional program: formal acceptance into the architectural program by faculty or permission. Selected aspects of contemporary architectural theory and design from the mid-twentieth century to the present emphasizing the diversity of current thought and practice.

ARCH 846Architecture, Society, and Culture II3

Course Number: ARCH 846

Prereq: ARCH 542/842 or permission Theory and criticism in architecture since 1945 as they relate to contemporary American society and culture, with reference to those parallel in other humanities disciplines, including arts, linguistics, literary criticism, and philosophy.

ARCH 857Housing Issues in Contemporary Society2

Course Number: ARCH 857

Prereq: Permission Survey of social, psychological, political and economic research regarding housing in today’s global economy. Focus on how the research can impact the practice of design at the interior and architectural as well as the community and regional planning scale.

ARCH 863Architectural Preservation3

Course Number: ARCH 863

Lec 3. Introduction to the principles, processes, and practice of architectural preservation and the conservation of historic districts.

ARCH 897Digital Environments3

Course Number: ARCH 897

ARCH/IDES 885Design Evaluation and Research3

Course Number: ARCH/IDES 885

Research Methods in Architecture and Interior Design (IDES *885) Research methods employed by the diverse specializations within the disciplines of architecture and interior design. Methods which contribute to a theoretical and informational body of knowledge as well as those contributing directly to design application.

CRPL 800Introduction to Planning3

Course Number: CRPL 800

Lec. Field of community and regional planning is introduced in relation to the history of cities, urbanization, and regionalization. Origins and evolution of American urban and regional planning practice. The planning process as a response to social, political, physical, and economic factors is analyzed. Community comprehensive planning process, plan implementation, and functionalareas of planning.

IDES 847African Architecture3

Course Number: IDES 847

Survey of the architectural traditions of the African continent, from pre-historic times to the present day.  Buildings - famous and typical- theories, and approaches that are appropriate to the specific cultural environments.

IDES 856Behavioral and Social Factors in Environmental Design Behavior3

Course Number: IDES 856

(Arch 556/856) Prereq: Permission Survey of theory, methods, research and findings from the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to architectural design, interior design, and regional and community planning. Application of principles to architectural and interiors programs, designs, and the planning process.

IDES 858The Changing Workplace3

Course Number: IDES 858

Prereq: Permission Survey of theory, methods, research and findings from the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to architectural design, interior design, and regional and community planning. Application of principles to architectural and interiors programs, designs, and the planning process. Cross-listed as ARCH 558/858

IDES 870Design Problems in the Interior Built Environment3 - 6

Course Number: IDES 870

Design Problems with the Interior Built Environment - As a primary vehicle for design education, studio teaching is a critical component of any design program. This course explores strategies for teaching and learning directly related to studio education.

IDES 881Women in Design3

Course Number: IDES 881

Prereq: Admission to the BSAS program or permissionIntensive study of particular historical and contemporary contributions by women to the design professions related to the built environment. Evaluation of design work by and about women seen in their aesthetic and intellectual context. Examinations of the roles and values of women in design and their impact on the assumptions and issues currently held by the profession

IDES 882Color in the Built Environment3

Course Number: IDES 882

Lec 3. Prereq: Admission to the third year in architecture or interior design program; or permission Advanced color theories and their application to the Built environment.

IDES 883Domesticity and Power in the Colonial World3

Course Number: IDES 883

Lec 3. Prereq: Permission Colonial architecture as a world-wide phenomenon. Re-examines the relationship between architecture, politics, and ethical values. The colonial domestic sphere are viewed as a counterpoint to the public arena.

IDES 884Material Culture: the Social Life of Things3

Course Number: IDES 884

Lec 3. Prereq: Permission Theories and practices of material culture. History and interior design--and indeed the broad category of humanity itself--through the lens of material objects.

IDES 886Evolving Issues in Interior Design3

Course Number: IDES 886

Lec 3. Prereq: Admission to the BSD ProgramEvolving issues in interior design. Contemporary and controversial issues designed to articulate and frame parameters in a manner that encourages depth of thought. The nuances of the field and practice of interior design and its relationship to the allied design disciplines.

IDES 891Teaching Strategies for Design3

Course Number: IDES 891

IDES 891Portfolio Design3

Course Number: IDES 891

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $440.03
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $492.28
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1320.09
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1476.84

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $902.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $954.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $2706.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2862.75

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