Master of Interior Architecture: Apply

Study at a CIDA-accredited graduate program

Application Requirements

MIA Apply

Admission to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires the following: 

  • Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree and have attained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Completion of the 82 prerequisite units from the Interior Design: Foundation Level Certificate, or equivalent

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or similar design-related field may be able to bypass the Interior Design: Foundation Level Certificate prerequisites, and may be eligible for advanced standing. Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation by our program advisor is required. Call (310) 794-3747 to schedule an appointment. 

Please note that a bachelor’s degree in interior design is not required for admission into the master’s program. If your degree is in a field other than design, or you have not previously studied interior design or architecture, you must first complete the Interior Design: Foundation Level Certificate prerequisite classes in order to apply.

Due to the program being fully online, applicants from outside the United States should note that Cal Poly Pomona cannot sponsor the F-1 Visa for international students enrolled in the Online MIA program.

Application Deadlines

Application Term 

Application Deadline 

Supporting Document Deadline

Winter 2022*

October 1, 2021

November 1, 2021

Spring 2022*

October 2 - December 15, 2021

January 10, 2022

* Use the Cal State Apply Spring 2022 application. If your supporting documents are submitted by the Nov. 1 deadline, you will be considered for Winter session admission. If your application is submitted between Oct. 2 - Dec. 15 and you provide your supporting documents by Jan. 10, you will be considered for Spring session.

How to Apply

The Master of Interior Architecture application is completed online through Cal State University (CSU).

Please note that you must forward a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension. Details are below.

Required application materials

Online Application

Completed at Cal State. Start here.

You'll be asked to create an account and profile. When selecting a program to apply to, select the following to filter for Interior Architecture (MIA):

  • Campus: Cal Poly Pomona
  • Source: Extended Education
  • Start Term: Select the start term

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all college-level schools, including certificate coursework, must be sent directly from each of the schools you've attended to:

Cal Poly Pomona
Office of Admissions & Enrollment Planning
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

If you have received a degree from an institution outside of the United States, you must mail an official paper copy, along with a certified translation, if in a language other than English. 

UCLA Extension certificate program official transcripts may be ordered here.

Please note: unofficial transcripts or copies will not be accepted.

English Language Proficiency Test Score 

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not completed at least three years of full-time enrollment at the secondary level where English is the principal language of instruction are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Minimum requirements:

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper based) | 213 (computer based) | 83 (internet)
  • IELTS: Band score of 6.5

Upload a copy of your score in the “Program Materials” section of the application. For TOEFL scores, you must contact ETS to have your official TOEFL score released. Paper copies are not accepted. The code needed for ETS to send your score to Cal Poly Pomona is 4082.

Please note: scores cannot be more than two years old.

COVID-19 Update

Due to cancellations of in-person testing worldwide as a result of COVID-19, Cal Poly Pomona has approved the temporary use of the Duolingo test. The Duolingo test can be taken in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS by June 30, 2020.

Graduate Minimum Duolingo Score: 105

Statement of Purpose

Explain your interests, motivations and goals in pursuing a professional degree. This should not exceed 750 words. Upload a PDF copy in the “Program Materials” section of the application.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendations are required and should be submitted by individuals in a position to assess your potential in the interior design profession or in a Master’s level academic program.

All recommendations must be submitted electronically using the portal in the application. It is your responsibility to ensure that recommendation requests are received and completed on time. Applicants will not be notified about missing recommendations. Failure to receive three complete letters will prevent you from submitting your application. Please inform your recommenders that communication will be sent from calstateapply@liaisoncas.com. If you have questions, please refer to this guide from Cal State.

Portfolio

Your portfolio must include visual work illustrating your creative or analytical abilities in written, graphic, or mathematical form.

Upload a PDF copy in the “Program Materials” section of the application. Please note that the portfolio cannot be larger than 15 megabytes.

Application Fee

A $70 non-refundable filing fee must be paid at the time of application submission.* Payments are accepted by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, and AMEX) or PayPal.

*Filing fee cost is subject to change. See the application website for more details.
Once you have completed your application

Application Copy for UCLA Extension

Please download and email a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension at ARC_ID@uclaextension.edu

Use the following format in the subject line: "MIA [Quarter Applied] – [Last Name, First Name]"

For example: MIA Fall 2021 – Doe, Jane

To download a copy of your completed application, login to Cal State Apply and select the “Check Status” tab. You will see a download application (pdf) icon.

Due to the program being fully online, applicants from outside the United States should note that Cal Poly Pomona cannot sponsor the F-1 visa for international students enrolled in the Online MIA program.

It is with the goal of creating transformative interior spaces—and positively shaping the lives of those who experience them—that has brought me to UCLA Extension.

Rachael Woloszyn
Master of Interior Architecture Student

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