About the Program

MSIA factsheet

The M.S. in Interior Architecture is a 69-credit program structured to meet the needs of students from non-design backgrounds seeking a professional-level education while offering up to one year of advanced standing for those already in the field who are interested in refining their knowledge and skills at the graduate level. This program prepares students to reach their full potential, whether seeking an introduction or building on previous experience.

As an Interior Architecture program, we emphasize how the interior environment encompasses all parts of the interior volume and acknowledges the intersection between architecture and interiors. The curriculum integrates theory with the technical skills needed for practical application and immerses students in current technologies and sustainable practice as they work collaboratively and think critically to discover innovative solutions. PhilaU’s campus is positioned minutes from downtown, offering networking and employment opportunities within the city’s thriving architecture industry. Our faculty of practicing professionals provides many advantages and a range of real-world experiences. Graduates are well-prepared to sit for the NCIDQ exam and to join professional associations such as ASID and IIDA, and to work for firms in all areas of the profession, including residential, commercial, corporate, healthcare, hospitality and education.

Student Work


Andrea Woelkers

This studio focusses on branded interior environments in both retail and corporate settings. Each student was to select a client and design a retail shop within an ground floor space at Union Square in NYC.


Alexandra Overton

This studio focusses on conceptual development and infusing interior design with meaning. In this project each student was to design a Philadelphia branch headquarters for a not-for-profit organization within an existing historic building in CC Philadelphia.