Master of Interior Architecture: Apply

Study at a CIDA-accredited graduate program

Admission Requirements

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Admission to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires:

We welcome students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-interior design disciplines.

The Interior Design Foundation Level Certificate together with the Master’s Degree of Interior Architecture are organized as one integrated program. However, applicants who have taken courses that may overlap with parts of the Interior Design: Foundation Level Certificate may be considered for advanced standing.

Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation by the UCLA Extension Program Advisor is required. Call (310) 794-3747 or email to to schedule an appointment.

Due to the program being fully online, applicants from outside the United States should note that the MIA Program cannot sponsor the F-1 visa for international students.

Domestic students from outside California are subject to State Authorization Regulations.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is approved to offer online programs to students residing in the following states. This list will be updated upon additional authorizations/exemptions. 

Approved States:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

For information on state-based admission limitations, please visit CSU's webpage on Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations.

For questions or additional information, please contact: Alis Zakarian at

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Application Deadlines

Fall 2024

Application Deadline: July 1, 2024

Supporting Documentation Deadline: August 1, 2024

Required Application Materials

Final official transcripts from each of your schools (including UCLA Extension) will be due to Cal Poly Pomona as indicted on your Bronco Direct account "to-do" list.

Digital Upload

Cal Poly Pomona is requesting that your send your final official transcripts electronically.

If your sending institution does not offer electronic transcripts, we recommend using the following services:

If sending PDF transcripts, please indicate the recipient email is

*Important: Do not send to yourself and then forward to “” or they will be considered unofficial, they must be sent directly to the email address above.

Postal Mail

Should these services not be available for your sending institution, please mail to:

Cal Poly Pomona
Attn: Office of Admissions
3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Note: do not open physical copies of transcripts, otherwise they will be considered unofficial and we will not be able to accept them. Allow 2 weeks for transcripts to be processed and reflected on your “to-do” list.

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 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

For more details, please refer to Cal State Apply Program Materials guide.

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.

All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education at the postsecondary level was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English.

Required scores and exams accepted are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition and MyBest scores accepted: 80 iBT
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test: 105

English Proficiency Waiver

Exempt countries where English is the national language include: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Québec), Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the United States, Virgin Islands and Wales.

You may also be waived if you meet one of the following:

  • If you possess a bachelor’s degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction
  • If you have studied at least 3 years of full‐time enrollment at a college/university where English is the principal language of instruction

Note: scores cannot be more than two years old.

Once you have completed your application, please download and email a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension at

Use the following format in the subject line: "MIA [Quarter Applied] – [Last Name, First Name]". For example: MIA Fall 2022 – 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.

Submit Your Application Online

The Master of Interior Architecture application is completed online through Cal State University (CSU). Before you begin, please review the admission requirements, deadlines and application materials above. 

A $70* non-refundable filing fee must be paid at the time of application submission.

When selecting a program to apply to, select the following to filter for Interior Architecture (MIA):

  • Campus: Cal Poly Pomona
  • Start Term: Select the start term
  • Delivery: Online
  • Source: Extended Education
*Filing fee cost is subject to change. See the application website for more details.

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