Master of Interior Architecture

Study at a nationally top-ranked graduate program

Make a dream your new reality

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Always dreamed of becoming an interior designer, or looking to take your design career to the next level? That opportunity has arrived. 

The Master of Interior Architecture is a professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) offered collaboratively by UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona, College of the Extended University, and is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the Western Association of Schools (WASC).

Designed for the working professional, the Master of Interior Architecture's flexibility allows you to study part-time in a program that incorporates the highest standards of professional practice to fully prepare you to enter the field of interior design.

The best part: our program has been ranked #3 in the nation among CIDA-accredited graduate programs by DesignIntelligence.*

What you can expect:

  • Distinguished instructors
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Internships & job placement assistance
  • Quarterly admission (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Transfer credits accepted
  • Financial aid available

All classes are taught at UCLA Extension facilities in Westwood, Los Angeles.

Expect more from your education.

Learn from Industry Leaders

"My favorite thing about teaching is being able to influence students wanting to change their career into a new world—a creative world in which they will enjoy doing what they do for the rest of their lives."

Luis de Moraes


ranked CIDA-accredited Interior Design graduate program.

*DesignIntelligence, 2017

Completing this program was by far the most challenging and rewarding educational experience of my life. The instructors are all dedicated practicing professionals, the curriculum is CIDA-accredited and first rate, and the program is uniquely suited to the needs of those who can only attend part-time.

Charrisse Johnston, ASID, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Master of Interior Architecture Graduate

Our instructors are practicing professionals; they do this on a daily basis. All are actively engaged in producing real-world equivalents of the types of projects being done in your studio classes. This fosters a sense of immediacy in the learning process, which is invaluable. It also enables many of our students to receive offers of internships and job placements—organically.

Many of our instructors have been with us for a number of years, and all are familiar with the challenges facing working adults who wish to advance their skills.

  • Our instructors are well-regarded in their field, with real-world experience.
  • These working professionals offer networking opportunities and relevant, current insights.
  • Instructors may also include UCLA faculty.
  • To ensure a good classroom experience for you, we provide instructor orientation and training.
  • We regularly review student evaluations of both instructors and courses to ensure continuing quality.

The role of the Guidance Committee is to advise the Master of Interior Architecture Program on the latest trends in the architecture and design professions as well as on strategies for promoting the program to national and international audiences.

Members are distinguished practitioners from the architecture and design fields who share a strong commitment to furthering the standards of design education. The Guidance Committee is not a fundraising entity and members are not solicited for any financial contribution. The committee meets yearly for thorough brainstorming session normally held in Los Angeles.

The Guidance Committee Members include (in alphabetical order):

Michael Bedner
Chairman and CEO, HBA/Hirsch Bedner & Associates

Frank Clementi, AIA
Principal Architect, Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Jeffrey Daniels, FAIA
Program Director, UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design

Fernando de Moraes
Co-Founder & Principal, Creative Resource Associates

Steven Drucker
Design Principal, Shlemmer Algaze Associates

David Hertz, FAIA
Founder and President, Studio of Environmental Architecture

Michael Hricak, FAIA
Principal, Hricak Architects

Scott Johnson, FAIA
Design Partner, Johnson/Fain Architects

Charrisse Johnston, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal and Interior Design Practice Leader, Steinberg Architects

Sarah Lorenzen, AIA
Chair, Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture

James Mary O’Connor, FAIA
Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects

George Proctor
MIA Graduate Coordinator, Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture

Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA
Founding Principal and President, Rottet Studio

Darrell Schmitt, FASID, CID
Design Principal, Darrell Schmitt Design Associates

Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, RIBA, IIDA
President, Clive Wilkinson Architects

"Design is movement; it constantly evolves, which makes it an intrinsic factor to human growth. The UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design program truly paved my way to become an active contributor to this movement. The faculty—all active professionals in the field—taught me the language of design, which is now my most powerful tool of creative expression.” - Sybille Herwig, ASID, IIDA, LEED®Green Associate

“The amazing instructors taught me how to think as a designer, and provided me with all the tools to succeed in the field, from conceptualizing spaces to smart business practices.” - Jennifer Casey

Join the largest ASID Student Chapter in the nation!

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the oldest leading professional organization for interior designers in commercial and residential design, represents over 38,000 members.

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