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School of Architecture and Interior Design

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Interior Design

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 ensure innovative and sustainable improvements in the health, safety, and wellness of various user groups. The program is two years in length for students with an accredited interior design bachelor's degree. It requires students to complete four academic semesters and one semester of structured graduate practicum work related to their research interests. 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 MINTD program at UC is also part of the International Masters of Interior Architectural Design (IMIAD) program, a consortium of post graduate interior design programs, which allows UC students to spend a semester abroad in one of our partner schools in Germany, Turkey, India and Switzerland.

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. 

Degree: MINTD

Full-time program duration: 2.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Architecture and Interior Design
Kim Lawson
7210 DAAP
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-4626

Admission Requirements

  • A CIDA-accredited baccalaureate degree in interior design from a recognized college or university.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended. Note: Official transcripts are not required during the admissions process, and only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. Applicants should not send official transcripts until they are offered admission. For complete requirements please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements.
  • A portfolio of creative work. The portfolio is an opportunity to demonstrate your imaginative and critical thinking talents. Creativity occurs in all fields so the content does not have to be architectural if your background is in another discipline. Written project statements to accompany visual work are usually very helpful to the committee. Portfolios are submitted through the application process to Slideroom. We are no longer accepting hard copies of portfolios.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to evaluate your abilities and your potential for success as a graduate student There is no standard form to fill out; instead, based on information you provide in your application recommenders will be emailed instructions on the process for submitting letters of recommendation. 
  • A brief resume of your academic and professional experiences. Note: Your resume should indicate both educational and professional accomplishments.
  • A two-page statement of your interest in graduate study in interior design. This should be a concise, articulate presentation of your academic and career goals, and any specific interests you have in interior design topics for graduate research and design. It should reflect your prior intellectual and professional engagement with these issues, and may also provide some additional perspective on the work illustrated in the portfolio.
  • Writing sample of current work.
  • Scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Successful candidates have earned the following average scores: verbal 153 (prior 500); quantitative 151 (prior 650); analytic 4.5. The ETS University code is 1833. You do not need a department code.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 100 iBT (600 paper) is common, although not a strict requirement. We also accept test results from the IELTS with scores of at least 7.


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

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

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