Master of Interior Design

About the Program
The discipline of interior design influences the way humans work, live, learn, play and manage their health and wellness.  As our built environments become ever more complex there is a need for visionary leaders and professionals who will positively shape the way people engage with and inhabit these interior built environments.

The post-professional Master of Interior Design (MINTD) program in the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) trains and nurtures a new generation of leaders and professionals who will advance the development of specialized interior studies to insure ongoing improvements in the health, safety, and wellness of various user groups. 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.

The program seeks to promote leadership, collaboration, intellectual depth, flexibility, and innovation – elevating professional value and developing life-long meaningful, career-driven engagement for our graduates.  Graduates will be qualified to secure positions within interior design and architectural firms, academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental agencies.

For 2018, Design Intelligence ranked the undergraduate Interior Design program at the University of Cincinnati Number 1 in the Midwest region and Number 4 in the nation. In a connected Design Intelligence survey among deans and heads of schools, UC’s program has been named as the most admired undergraduate interior design program in the last 17 years.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

  • The city of Cincinnati, once called the "Queen City of the West" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, provides an excellent array of cultural resources for students who intend to pursue a degree in the visual arts. It offers the energy and assets of a larger city, along with quiet neighborhoods steeped in rich traditions. Cincinnati offers live music venues that range from top-notch symphony and opera companies to a growing pop and rock community. Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, the city also enjoys the presence of numerous art galleries and a strong support system among practicing artists. Cincinnati is situated within driving distance of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New York City, allowing DAAP students to take advantage of the rich cultural resources of these cities as well.
  • UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is one of the most comprehensive colleges of its type in the country. A collection of nationally respected design and art programs is housed in a unique and educationally stimulating architectural setting. Interior design students have opportunities to enroll in courses in a range of related disciplines and to participate in interdisciplinary studios or special projects.
  • Students learn creative and technical skills in the studio environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally.
  • The DAAP college library has an outstanding collection of books, periodicals and visual resources supporting architecture, planning, design, art history and related subjects. Access to library holdings is provided by an automated online catalog, UCLID, which provides access to the University of Cincinnati Library information database, and through OhioLINK, the holdings of other academic libraries throughout Ohio.
  • The Computer Graphics Center is a state-of-the-art university facility with hardware that includes PCs, Apple computers and peripherals such as scanners, plotters and digital video-editing suites. Students have access to sophisticated graphics equipment and receive hands-on instruction to augment the use of laptops in the classroom. All computing equipment is linked by high-speed Ethernet to facilitate access across the campus.
  • The college supports a Rapid Prototyping Center, which is the home of state-of-the-art equipment that allows students to create communication aids for their design projects. Using CAD (computer-aided design) models, students are able to create physical models using three basic methods: 3-D printing, large format laser-cutting and CNC (computer numeric control) devices, including a Kuomo CNC Router. This facility is intended for all DAAP students to use in creating large-scale designs.
  • 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. MINTD students can also opt to participate in other international programs offered across the university (

Special Programs

Co-op (also called professional practice or cooperative education) gives special character to interior design education at the University of Cincinnati, which invented the concept of co-op 100 years ago. Salaried practical experience arranged from a roster of over 500 firms all over the U.S. and overseas complement students’ growing academic understanding of the discipline. UC interior design graduates’ advanced professional experience and self-reliance makes them singularly valuable to employers. Most are employed by interior design and/or architecture firms, but they also work in other design-related offices, public agencies and commercial companies.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Further Information

Edson Cabalfin, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Interior Design Program
School of Architecture and Interior Design
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
7210 DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221