Admission deadlines: Fall – April 1 (February 1 for applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)
GRE is not required.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Standardized Test Scores: Minimum scores for the 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
Students who score are admitted with the requirement to take an English for Academic Purposes course must be available to take this course in the summer preceding enrollment in the MFA program
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations on business letterhead.
Prerequisite requirements: 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.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.
In addition to the statement of purpose, applicants must submit answers of approximately 75-100 words to the following questions:
1. In your own words, how would you define the profession of interior design?
2. What current designers influence you and why?
3. What are some considerations that an interior designer must adhere to while designing interior architectural space?
4. How will your undergraduate degree and any previous work experience contribute to the MFA Interior Architecture Program?
Additional requirements: A portfolio that shows creative work (i.e., photography, sketches, and fine art) is required; an interview may be requested. Please note that the inclusion of interior design projects within the portfolio is not required nor expected. The objective of the portfolio is to see your artistic and design-related pursuits.
Portfolios must be uploaded to your online application or emailed to Digital portfolios must be submitted as one document. You may also mail your portfolio directly to the Interior Architecture Program:
500 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Portfolios will not be returned.
The MFA in Interior Architecture is a first professional degree and not open to students with an undergraduate degree in Architecture or Interior Design.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.
Supporting documents (other than the portfolio) not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

60 credits in required courses and a 120-hour internship.

First year
Fall semester
CIAR 6100Studio 1–Graduate
CIAR 6125Graphic Communications
CIAR 6150Sketching Architecture and Design
Spring semester
CIAR 6200Studio 2–Graduate
CIAR 6225Interior Materials and Color Theory
CIAR 6250Digital Drafting and Modeling
Summer session
CIAR 6300Studio 3 (Graduate)
CIAR 6325Case Studies from Bauhaus to Bilbao
CIAR 6350Sustainability and the Built Environment
Second year
Fall semester
CIAR 6400Studio 4 (Graduate)
CIAR 6425Lighting and Acoustics
CIAR 6450Research Seminar for Studio 5
Spring semester
CIAR 6500Studio 5–Grad
CIAR 6525Practicum and Internship
CIAR 6550Structures and Building Systems
Internship requirement
All students are required to complete a 120-hour internship. Students must be enrolled in the first semester of the program before the internship begins, and it must be completed before the end of their final semester. The internship is a part CIAR 6525 and counts toward the final grade in the course.

Visit the program website for additional information.