Master of Interior Design


What is Interior Design?

The design of interior spaces influences the way humans work, live, learn, play and manage health and wellness.  Interior environments are evermore complex and depend on visionary leaders and innovative professionals to help shape the way people engage and inhabit spaces.

The post-professional Master of Interior Design (MINTD) program in the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is focused on educating and nurturing a new generation of leaders and professionals who will advance the development of specialized interior knowledge in user well-being and scholarly research. The MINTD curriculum combines design, practice, and theory aimed to meet the discipline’s evolving demands for creative practitioners, innovative researchers, emerging scholars, and skillful educators to participate in the emerging global design culture of the twenty-first century.

The MINTD curriculum is a comprehensive post-professional graduate program. The MINTD is 2 years in length, 5 academic semesters, for students with an accredited interiors degree. This requires students to complete four academic semesters and one semester of structured graduate practicum work related to their research interests. A 3 and a half-year curriculum is available for students with degrees outside areas of design and architecture. The MINTD curriculum is composed of interrelated topical areas of interest: Design, History, Theory, and Criticism supported by a required coop work experience. 

The Interior Design program at the University of Cincinnati ranks highly in several categories: No. 1 in the Midwest region by the 2015 Design Intelligence rankings and No. 1 in the nation as the most admired undergraduate interior design program by interior design deans. With hands-on cooperative education, a comprehensive practice-based curriculum, and cutting-edge research opportunities, the new Master of Interior Design degree prepares its students to not only practice interior design, but to lead the industry in practice and professional scholarship.


The MINTD program housed in the School of Architecture and Interior Design and within the comprehensive College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) offers several advantages over other similar programs:

1)         Co-operative Education (co-op): A fully integrated co-op work experience requirement. By graduation, MINTD students will have a full semester of professional work experiences within an interior design firm, gaining valuable hands-on experience in the field. This work experience is built directly into the MINTD’s curriculum, providing graduates with a significant advantage in the post-graduation job market.

2)         Cutting-Edge Research: At DAAP, the interior design faculty and students are pioneers in the field. Developing interdisciplinary partnerships and capitalizing on the resources of a top research university, students and faculty produce innovative solutions in collaborative design research, healthcare, extreme environments, furniture, materials / products, market innovation and digital technologies within a sphere of an intense design and architecture culture.

3)         Affordability: Compared to other top-ranked graduate programs in interior design, the School of Architecture & Interior Design is highly affordable.  The nationally ranked programs in the College of DAAP and School of Architecture and Interior Design are offered at state-school tuition costs: MINTD’s cost-benefit comparison is unparalleled.

4)         Global Programs: An option to enter into a program offering a certificate of International Master of Interior Architectural Design IMIAD. Currently in development, this will be a connection and exchange with four international universities in Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, and India.

5)         Interdisciplinary Curricula: The MINTD is connected to other DAAP graduate programs in architecture, design and planning and offers an option to continue into the PhD in Architecture program or other programs outside of DAAP.



Kim Lawson

Program Coordinator

School of Architecture and Interior Design


Phone: 513.556.6426

Master of Interior Design


Cooperative Education