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Interior Design Undergraduate Major

Mount Mary University’s accredited interior design program has a reputation for excellence among employers, students and peers across the country. Our program provides you with the skills you’ll need to succeed: skills in space planning, problem solving, contract preparation and material preparation. You’ll also learn how to work with professionals such as architects, engineers and building contractors.

In the classroom and labs, you’ll access the latest industry standard software, including AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp. The interior design program has a dedicated computer drafting lab and product resource library.

Faculty also work closely with design communities and industry partners and practitioners to create networking opportunities for you to meet professionals in class and through student organization activities. Industry experts often bring their experience to class and field trips are infused throughout the program.

Many class projects consist of real spaces, are performed for actual clients and are juried by interior design practitioners. You get even more practical, real-world experience through a required internship.

Accreditation & Certification

Mount Mary’s interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and has been continually accredited since 1986. After completing your four-year bachelor’s degree and two years of experience, you will be eligible to take the National Council for Interior Designers Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam to become certified as a professional interior designer.

Admission & Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Mount Mary offers an accredited four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design degree. An internship is required for all interior design students. The program requires a minimum of 75 credits of interior design courses. You also need to complete the university’s core curriculum requirements.

Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) and Curriculum Guide list for more details on requirements and courses for this major.

Some academic programs require a GPA higher than what is required for general admission to Mount Mary University. Contact your admission counselor for more information.

Student Achievement Data for the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

  • Job Placement: 
    • May 2014 graduates:  87% of the graduates were employed in the profession within a month of graduation.
    • Dec 2013 graduates:  50% of the graduates were employed in the profession within a month of graduation.  100% were employed within six months of graduation.  
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
    • 100% of graduates from 2002-current who applied to graduate school were accepted.
  • Graduation Rates:
    • 80% of the students from the class of May 2014 graduated in 4 years.  Those that did not were double majors, change of major, or transfer students.
  • Retention/Attrition:
    • 85% of the students enrolled during the Spring 2013 semester returned to the program in Fall 2013, putting attrition at 15%.

Entrepreneurship Minor for Interior Design Majors

The entrepreneurship minor is designed for non-business majors who wish to learn how to start a business in their chosen field. The minor is helpful if you want to start your own interior design business. The minor requires a minimum of 21 credits and can be earned in the traditional daytime or accelerated formats. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details on requirements and courses for this minor.