Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA)

Suffolk University's highly acclaimed Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA) allows you to study your craft and be inspired by Boston’s most renowned architectural and design firms.

Our program will enhance your knowledge of design theory and history, communication and design skills, sustainable and socially conscious design, lighting and furniture design, and code adherence. Guided by our expert faculty, you’ll develop fluency in the use of two- and three-dimensional design software and computer hardware—essential tools for the contemporary designer.

In the MAIA program, you'll study with educators who are among the region’s top artists and designers. They work at the highest level of their fields, and they’re eager to share their expertise, insights, and professional contacts with you. You’ll enjoy one-on-one access to these mentors and scholars.

Our faculty and students hail from countries around the world. This diversity will enrich your education and provide you with valuable global perspectives you can apply to internships at major firms in Greater Boston and to the work you show on campus. Throughout your time at Suffolk, you can participate in on-campus exhibits and attend the annual Sustainable Design Trade Show.

MAIA alumni have found success as design show hosts on HGTV, lighting and exhibition designers and project managers, designers at nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and members of leading interior and architectural firms around the world.


Suffolk University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Our Master of Arts in Interior Architecture program is accredited as a Professional-Level Program by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the national accrediting body for post-secondary interior design programs. See our Student Achievement Data.

Paying for Graduate School

Tuition (2019-2020)
Full-time, per semester


Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling
Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Learn more)
  • All official transcripts from any college or university attended
  • Portfolio (12-15 pieces of recent original artwork) submitted via the online application
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

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"The diverse opportunities and hands-on internship experience I had at Suffolk allowed me to develop my passion for design and prepared me for a successful career where I can lead the way in responsible sustainable design practices."
Swathi De Faria, MAIA '15 Interiors, CBT Architects

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.


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