Interior Design Degree Requirements - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

Interior Design Degree Requirements

INTERIOR DESIGN PROGRAM INFORMATION

Undergraduate

Degree Requirements (PDF)

 

Please see the OU Course Catalog for course descriptions. After you connect to the Banner system, select “Browse Classes” to explore courses.

 

Bachelor of Interior Design

All first- and second-year courses listed in the courses and curriculum schedule (PDF) must be completed before applying for admission. A minimum 2.50 OU and combined retention GPA is required for admission to the Bachelor of Interior Design program. Admission is limited to the top students applying for the program as determined by GPA (2.50 combined retention or higher) and portfolio review. Curriculum changes are made periodically to meet changes in accreditation requirements, and to make the program as current as possible within reasonable parameters. You will graduate under the program through which you entered unless you confirm in writing that you wish to work with a more recently adopted change. Always check in with your advisor each semester, even if you are quite clear about your planning.

The program strongly supports practicum/intern experience during summers and the school year. The majority of employers would like you to have computer and intern experience prior to being hired by them! You may choose to receive credit for your experience(s), and the faculty encourage a paid experience.

For more information about the Interior Design undergraduate program, contact Erin Tyler at etyler@ou.edu.

 

Student Achievement Data

 

2019

Job Placement: 100% of the students that graduated in May 2019 were employed within six months of graduation.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 0% of the graduating students applied for graduate school.

Graduation Rates: 89% of the students from the class of 2019 graduated in 4 years. *Note: The Interior Design program at OU takes four years to complete. Students who change majors to Interior Design after attending OU may take longer to complete.

Retention/Attrition: 94% of Interior Design majors enrolled during the Spring 2019 semester returned in Fall 2019, putting attrition at 6%. *Note: Students applying for the Interior Design program are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and pass portfolio review which is conducted by the Interior Design faculty and occurs in the spring of the 2nd year upon successful completion of all required courses.

 

2018

Job Placement: 92% of the students that graduated in May 2018 were employed within six months of graduation.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 0% of the graduating students applied for graduate school.

Graduation Rates: 42% of the students from the class of 2018 graduated in 4 years. *Note: The Interior Design program at OU takes four years to complete. Students who change majors to Interior Design after attending OU may take longer to complete.

Retention/Attrition: 95% of Interior Design majors enrolled during the Spring 2018 semester returned in Fall 2018, putting attrition at 5%. *Note: Students applying for the Interior Design program are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and pass portfolio review which is conducted by the Interior Design faculty and occurs in the spring of the 2nd year upon successful completion of all required courses.

 

2017

Job Placement: 95% of the students that graduated in May 2017 were employed within six months of graduation.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 5% of the graduating students applied for graduate school. 100% of students from the May 2017 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.

Graduation Rates: 50% of the students from the class of 2017 graduated in 4 years. *Note: The Interior Design program at OU takes four years to complete. Students who change majors to Interior Design after attending OU may take longer to complete.

Retention/Attrition: 97% of Interior Design majors enrolled during the Spring 2017 semester returned in Fall 2017, putting attrition at 3%. *Note: Students applying for the Interior Design program are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and pass portfolio review which is conducted by the Interior Design faculty and occurs in the spring of the 2nd year upon successful completion of all required courses.

 

2016

Job Placement: 92% of the students that graduated in May 2016 were employed within six months of graduation.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 7.6% of the graduating students applied for graduate school. 100% of students from the May 2016 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.

Graduation Rates: 80% of the students from the class of 2016 graduated in 4 years. *Note: The Interior Design program at OU takes four years to complete. Students who change majors to Interior Design after attending OU may take longer to complete.

Retention/Attrition: 92% of Interior Design majors enrolled during the spring 2016 semester returned in fall 2016, putting attrition at 8%. *Note: Students applying for the Interior Design program are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and pass portfolio review which is conducted by the Interior Design faculty and occurs in the spring of the 2nd year upon successful completion of all required courses.

 

2015

Job Placement: 100% of the students that graduated in May 2015 were employed within six months of graduation.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 13% of the graduating students applied for graduate school. 100% of students from the May 2015 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.

Graduation Rates: 65% of the students from the class of 2015 graduated in 4 years. *Note: The Interior Design program at OU takes four years to complete. Students who change majors to Interior Design after attending OU may take longer to complete.

Retention/Attrition: 94% of Interior Design majors enrolled during the spring 2015 semester returned in fall 2015, putting attrition at 6%. *Note: Students applying for the Interior Design program are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and pass portfolio review which is conducted by the Interior Design faculty and occurs in the spring of the 2nd year upon successful completion of all required courses.

 

2014

Job Placement: 94% of the students that graduated in May 2014 were employed within 6 months. 6% were international students who returned to thier country and their employment status is unknown.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: No students from  May 2014 graduating class  applied to graduate school.

Graduation Rates: 93% of the students from the class of 2014 graduated in 4 years. *Note: The Interior Design program at OU takes four years to complete. Students who change majors to Interior Design after attending OU may take longer to complete.

Retention/Attrition: 94% of Interior Design majors enrolled during the spring 2014 semester returned in fall 2014, putting attrition at 6%. *Note: Students applying for the Interior Design program are required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and pass portfolio review which is conducted by the Interior Design faculty and occurs in the spring of the 2nd year upon successful completion of all required courses.

Graduate

Degree Requirements:

Master of Interior Design (PDF)

Master of Interior Design–First Professional (PDF)

Master of Interior Design–Post Professional (PDF)

 

Please see the OU Course Catalog for course descriptions. After you connect to the Banner system, select “Browse Classes” to explore courses.

 

Master of Science in Interior Design

The Master of Science in Interior Design degree offers graduate education in Interior Design with opportunities to focus in the areas of Sustainable Living, Design Process Management, and Architectural Lighting. All areas emphasize Interior Design’s unique location in the College of Architecture, which offers the opportunity to collaborate with the fields of Architecture, Construction Science, Landscape Architecture and Regional and City Planning. The program reinforces the notion of collaboration and integrated practice in the built environment. The common mission is research into the design and process of creating better spaces for the community and environment through emphasis on sustainability, integrated design process management, and architectural lighting.

For more information contact Suchi Bhattacharjee, Ph.D, Graduate Liaison, at 405-325-4528 or by email suchi@ou.edu

 

Master of Science in Interior Design, First Professional

Master of Science in Interior Design First Professional degree offers graduate education in Interior Design to students who do not have a previous professional degree in Interior Design or Architecture. The unique location of the Division of Interior Design in the College of Architecture provides opportunity to collaborate with the fields of Architecture, Construction Science, Landscape Architecture, and Regional and City Planning. The program reinforces the notion of collaboration and integrated practices in the built environment. Students are required to complete 63 credit hours of coursework which includes both introductory level classes and advanced classes in Interior Design.

For more information contact Suchi Bhattacharjee, Ph.D, Graduate Liaison, at 405-325-4528 or by email suchi@ou.edu

 

Master of Science in Interior Design, Post-Professional

There are two post-professional program offerings in the Division of Interior Design. The first is for students with an undergraduate degree in interior design or a related field and requires 33 credit hours for completion. The second is for students with an undergraduate degree accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Incoming students with a CIDA-accredited ungraduated degree require only 30 hours for program completion.

For more information contact Suchi Bhattacharjee, Ph.D, Graduate Liaison, at 405-325-4528 or by email suchi@ou.edu

 

Ph.D. in Planning, Design, and Construction (Interior Design Emphasis)

This degree is available to students wishing to pursue a specialized research or creative agenda. This program consists of coursework tailored to the student’s interests, providing practitioners and students with an opportunity to deepen their expertise in a particular realm of research. Students typically work closely with a faculty committee to select courses from across the University to create an individualized educational plan. Students in the Ph.D in Planning, Design and Construction degree program are offered a combination of courses from the five disiplines of the College of Architecture including: graduate level elective seminars; professional practice; history and theory; structures; and sustainable design and technology. Students have the opportunity to study with leading scholars of the College of Architecture, as well as University-wide fields as diverse as Engineering, Geography, History of Science, and more. Students gradually narrow and focus their research agendas, culminating in a written or designed final dissertation. Ultimately, graduates are well prepared to develop and undertake new research and creative endeavors.

Contact Angela Person, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Instructional Services, at a@ou.edu for more information

 

Professional Applications of Interior Design (PAID)

PAID is a certificate program embedded in the Master of Science in Interior Design Program. The program is designed to further professional career goals through the engagement in meaningful dialog and critical thinking addressing various challenges facing the profession of Interior Design. The body of knowledge gained from the program have practical applications which ultimately enhance professional advancement.

Required courses for the PAID program may be taken as standalone units or as part of the full certificate program. The PAID program features evening classes and distance learning options making it convenient for working professionals. It is composed of 12 graduate credit hours and can be completed in two semesters.

Required Courses:

  • ID 5123 Environment and Human Behavior
  • ID 5143 Design Theory: Analysis and Evaluation
  • ID 5223 Advanced Materials and Methods
  • ID 5153 Practice and Leadership in a Global Design Market

For more information contact Suchi Bhattacharjee, Ph.D, Graduate Liaison, at 405-325-4528 or by email suchi@ou.edu

Graduate Admissions Requirements

MS in Interior Design

In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate College, the following materials must be submitted directly to the Graduate Liaison of the Division of Interior Design for evaluation.

1. A transcript from all previous institutions confirming a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 for undergraduate studies is required.
2. A portfolio of work, 8” x 11” format preferred.
3. A statement, limited to 500 words, of the intent for pursuing graduate studies in interior design at the University of Oklahoma.
4. Three letters of recommendation.

Early Admission:
A student enrolled in the final semester of undergraduate studies may apply for admission to the graduate program in interior design for the next regular semester following completion of his/her undergraduate degree. Admission to the program will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of undergraduate studies, subject to final review by the Division Director.

Deadlines:
No application for the graduate program in Interior Design will be considered until all supporting documents have been received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received by the graduate liaison prior to the application deadline. Late applicants will be considered on a space-available basis only.

Fall Semester: Rolling deadline

Spring Semester: Rolling deadline

 

MS in Interior Design, First Professional

In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate College, the following materials must be submitted directly to OU through the online application website.

1. A transcript from all previous institutions confirming a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 for undergraduate studies is required.
2. A statement, limited to 500 words, of the intent for pursuing graduate studies in interior design at the University of Oklahoma.
3. Three letters of recommendation.
4. Students have the option to submit a portfolio of creative work (design, photography, writing, etc.) however the portfolio is not required.

Deadlines:
No application for the graduate program in Interior Design will be considered until all supporting documents have been received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received by the graduate liaison prior to the application deadline.

Fall Semester: Rolling deadline

Spring Semester: Rolling deadline

 

Ph.D. in Planning, Design, and Construction (Interior Design Emphasis)

Contact Angela Person, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Instructional Services, at a@ou.edu for more information.

 

Professional Applications of Interior Design (PAID)

In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate College, the following materials must be submitted directly to the Graduate Liaison of the Division of Interior Design for evaluation.

1. A transcript from all previous institutions confirming a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 for undergraduate studies is required.
2. A portfolio of work, 8” x 11” format preferred (digital format is acceptable).
3. A statement, limited to 500 words, of the intent for pursuing graduate studies in interior design at the University of Oklahoma.
4. Three letters of recommendation.

Early Admission:
A student enrolled in the final semester of undergraduate studies may apply for admission to the PAID certificate program for the next regular semester following completion of his/her undergraduate degree. Admission to the program will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of undergraduate studies, subject to final review by the Division Director.

Deadlines:
No application for the PAID certificate program will be considered until all supporting documents have been received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received by the graduate liaison prior to the application deadline. Late applicants will be considered on a space-available basis only.

Fall Semester: Application deadline June 1.

Spring Semester: Application deadline – October 15

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