Suffolk’s Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA) program will provide you with a comprehensive education in the adaptation of design in architectural spaces. You will take inspiration from the city and many of its renowned design firms.


Suffolk’s downtown location supports our student-centered mission to build experience through relevant, hands-on instruction that opens doors to internships and career opportunities.

Guided by expert faculty, you will develop fluency in design process, drawing, making, and the use of cutting-edge digital technologies essential for contemporary practice. In addition, our program will:

  • Deepen your understanding of sustainable and socially-conscious design issues
  • Enhance your knowledge of design theory and history
  • Enable you to develop visual and verbal communication skills
  • Broaden your awareness of lighting and furniture design
  • Reinforce knowledge of technical competencies and code adherence in practice

Why Study Interior Architecture at Suffolk?

In the MAIA program, you'll study with educators who are among the region’s top artists and designers. Plus, they’re eager to share their expertise, insights, and professional connections with you. You’ll enjoy one-on-one access to these mentors and meet many practicing designers who teach our courses.

Our faculty and students hail from countries around the world. This diversity will enrich your education and provide you with valuable perspectives on the regional and global evolution of design. Suffolk’s extensive alumni network helps you identify internships at major firms across the country and beyond while you develop your own networks by participating in on-campus exhibits and attending interdisciplinary events throughout your time here.

MAIA alumni have found success as lighting specialists, exhibition designers, and project managers at leading interior and architectural firms around the world.

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Student Work

Meet Our Alumni


The interior design program leading to the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture granted by Suffolk University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Examination. For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit the NCIDQ eligibility page.

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Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

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Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer merit-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $14,750 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

MAIA Program Overview

Full-time candidates, who are often career changers, complete the program in as little as four academic semesters and one summer. The curriculum also provides a shorter path for those with prior experience and part-time options for those wishing to extend their period of study.

For additional information about the program and the application, visit the MAIA Application Q&A page. Please contact the Graduate Program Director for additional information about program timelines.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Learn more)
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Portfolio (12 - 15 pieces of recent original artwork) submitted via the online application (learn more)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

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For candidates without formal art or design training, there are certain foundational skills that should be represented in the applicant's portfolio during the admissions process:

  • Evidence of observational drawings (still life and figure studies)
  • Examples of analytical drawing (perspective and orthographic representations)
  • Demonstration of ‘process oriented’ making skills (architectural models, sculptural or craft based projects that are iterative in nature)
  • Evidence of graphic work demonstrating 2D compositional color studies
  • Rendered drawings of architectural interiors and/or orthographic projections
  • Evidence of introductory CAD, Raster and Vector graphic software

Course Waiver Eligibility

Students with a background in art or design may be able to waive some or all of the courses in the leveling pathway. Candidates wishing to petition for such waivers must work with the Program Director before registering for academic coursework.

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