The Master of Science in Design, Housing and Merchandising, option in Interior Design,
can help you advance your skill set with applied coursework that focuses on integrating
theory and research in the field. The MS degree is designed to prepare students for careers in business, industry, Extension,
and teaching in higher education.
Ourindustry-based curricula is taught by nationally recognized faculty in fully equipped
design studios and classrooms. The master’s program requires30 credit hours for completion and students may choose between a traditional research
thesis or a design thesis option. The design thesis option is based on the creation
of original work that represents processes of experimental design.
Course topics for the master’s degree include:
Planning and proposal writing
Theories of the creative process
Research and Faculty
Research in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising includes aging in place, dementia housing and assistive technology, facility management
and design, comfort and protection in textiles and much more. Our laboratories feature virtual and augmented reality software and equipment, including
eye-tracker and psychophysiological equipment and 3D printing capabilities. Students
have access to the Human Environmental Factors Lab, the Mixed Reality Showroom and Laboratory and the Product Design and Testing Laboratory.