Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA)

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

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, 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 at Suffolk.

MAIA alumni have found success as specialized lighting, exhibition designers, and project managers at leading interior and architectural firms around the world, as designers for nonprofit organizations, and have been featured on an HGTV design show.


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.

MAIA Program Overview

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)

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

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


Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)


***Suffolk University is pleased to offer both merit- and need-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $15,500 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.

"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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