Design and Merchandising (M.S.) – Interior Design Specialization


The Interior Design specialization of the M.S. in Design and Merchandising offers you the opportunity to explore creativity, sustainability, emerging technologies, spatial perception, and human health and wellness within the context of Interior Design. Common contexts for graduate research include workplace, education, healthcare facilities, commercial/institutional spaces, hospitality, etc. This degree prepares you with the research skills to follow career paths in both academia and practice. You will finish the program with strong abilities to engage in evidence-based design, utilize new areas of specialization, or leverage the terminal degree with credentials to teach.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Design and Merchandising – Interior Design Specialization

Areas of Study

  • Creativity and cognition
  • Sense of place
  • Sustainable design studies
  • Inclusive design and design justice (DEIJ)
  • Health, wellbeing, and resilience
  • Theory, sociocultural, and global approaches
  • Design pedagogy
  • Digital fabrication
  • Emerging technologies

Next Steps

Western Regional Graduate Program

As an eligible resident of a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) member state or territory, you may be admitted to the on-campus format of this program, yet pay resident tuition rates. Only on-campus formats are WRGP eligible. Visit our WRGP webpage to learn about eligibility and the application process.


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

Financial Aid