What will I learn?

Students learn about habitable environments ranging from small, basic residential interiors to larger, more complex commercial and institutional spaces. With projects focusing on current design issues as well as lectures and visits from professionals to enhance assignments, the curriculum is a carefully sequenced series of courses building on theoretical, technical, and creative competencies.

Because of the program’s location in Washington D.C., students benefit from viewing exhibitions at the National Building Museum, pursuing research at the Library of Congress, attending trade shows such as Neocon East, listening to lectures offered by the Washington Design Center and visiting such organizations as the United States Green Building Council. Taking advantage of these offerings moves learning outside the classroom and into the industry with practicing professionals in interior design.

The program is for candidates who have completed undergraduate work at an accredited institution in an area of study other than interior design or a related field, such as architecture. Students explore theory and research as they build toward a culminating final project.

Which department am I in?

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,780.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 August 2019


Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

801 22nd St. NW,


District Of Columbia,

20052, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission, applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have earned their degrees outside of the US must hold degrees from institutions in compliance with their national standards.

For international students

A bachelor’s degree in a field other than interior design or architecture, including a minimum of 30 credit hours of liberal arts and science courses.

English Language Requirements:

Minimum scores for the M.F.A. program are:

Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
PTE Academic: 53

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About this uni

George Washington moved up from the 64th position in 2018 to the 55th in the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) rankings.

  • Among the world’s top 250
  • Offers students 12,000 internship opportunities
  • Home to over 26,000 students from 130+ different countries
  • Has produced 275,000 alumni