ID Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts in Environmental Design (MED)

The Master of Arts in Environmental Design Degree (MED) in SPDC is shared by the Interior Design and the Landscape Architecture programs. The MED program is a post-professional degree that provides graduate students with advanced knowledge and understanding. We train prospective or practicing professionals to address the complex interdisciplinary nature of environmental design.

The graduate program is designed to provide an alternative to traditional professional degrees by addressing the needs of students with undergraduate design backgrounds who wish to work in an interdisciplinary setting while pursuing an area of individual interest.

Students will develop a highly individualized program of study with the guidance of their faculty advisors. Students who are enrolled in the MED program will be able to take courses on human environment and design, construction management, social science, environmental resource development, urban planning, statistics or education, in addition to courses in each major.

What Are Core Areas of Study?

  • Social and Behavioral Science in Planning and Design.
  • Ecological and Natural Resource Science in Planning and Design.
  • Humanities and Arts in Planning and Design.
  • Built Environment in Planning and Design.
  • Landscape Engineering in Planning and Design.

Who Can Apply?

This graduate program is intended for students holding an accredited undergraduate degree in one of the major design professions. Students with prior degrees in fields, including:

  • Interior design.
  • Landscape architecture.
  • Architecture.
  • Graphic design.
  • Urban design.
  • A related design field.

Prospective master’s students are encouraged to reach out to our interior design and landscape architecture faculty members to champion their applications. Numerous opportunities exist to receive support for your academic journey through scholarships, fellowships and assistantships.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a four-year degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Provide scores from GRE. Admission requires a minimum combined score of 297 on verbal and quantitative sections, with an analytical writing score of no less than 3.5.
  • Submit TOEFL scores if you are an international applicant. Admission requires a minimum average score of:
    • Computer-Based: 213 with no sub-score below 19.
    • Internet-Based: 80 with no sub-score below 19 for reading, listening and speaking; and no sub-score below 22 for writing.
    • Paper-Based: 550 with no sub-score below 52.

Professional Development Areas

The MED addresses four areas of professional development. These include:

  1. Acquisition of in-depth knowledge in the area of environmental design theory;
  2. Development of problem-solving skills within an interdisciplinary professional context;
  3. Development of technological expertise and knowledge based in a selected area of environmental design; and
  4. Advanced ability in graphic, written and oral communications skills.

Degree Requirements

A student must complete 33 course credits for the degree under either Plan A (thesis option) or Plan B (report option).

  1. Plan A Thesis Option: The thesis, based on original research, is designed to facilitate student endeavors related to environmental design science, conducting a research investigation and publishing results.
  2. Plan B Research Project Option: The research project option allows students to explore, through planning and design, the creation and practical application of precedents, normative theories processes, technology, ordinances, philosophies and related ideas.

Master's Handbook and Academic Program of Study

Download the Master's Handbook (2015, 2016, 2017) for more information. All graduate students must complete and have a signed 2016 Academic Program of Study on file with the School. The MED students should consult with their faculty advisor and file original and amended forms as appropriate. Note: This PDF is an Acrobat form and must be opened with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If a “Please wait…” page pops up when you clicked the PDF link, then go back to the previous page and simply right-click on the link from your browser and select save. Then, you can open up the file using your Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction - Environmental Design Concentration

The Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction with a concentration in environmental design resides in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, and is shared by the Interior Design and the Landscape Architecture programs. We train prospective or practicing professionals to address the complex interdisciplinary nature of environmental design. The doctoral program prepares students for advanced research careers and teaching in universities.

This degree is intended for individuals who wish to obtain advanced knowledge and skills in research, which can make a scholarly contribution to the body of knowledge in the discipline of environment and design. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the effects of plans, regulations, design, materials, project management techniques and construction systems on the economic, environmental and social concerns of stakeholders and society.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Applied and in-depth knowledge in the discipline of environment and design.
  • An integrative approach to planning, design and construction, due to the multidisciplinary nature of our school.
  • Enhanced opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Connectivity to world-class practitioners and scholars.
  • Internationally diverse and dynamic campus life.
  • Enhanced support for international students and scholars via MSU’s well-established programs.

What Are Core Areas of Study?

  • Social and Behavioral Science in Planning and Design.
  • Ecological and Natural Resource Science in Planning and Design.
  • Humanities and Arts in Planning and Design.
  • Built Environment and Health Sciences in Planning and Design.
  • Landscape Engineering in Planning and Design.

Who Can Apply?

Preferred backgrounds: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in allied design areas, such as:

  • Interior design.
  • Landscape architecture.
  • Architecture.
  • Graphic design.
  • Urban design.
  • A related design field.

What Are Admission Requirements?

  • Possess a master’s degree from a related field.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide GRE scores. Admission requires a minimum combined score of 301 on verbal and quantitative sections, with an analytical writing score of no less than 4.0.
  • Submit TOEFL scores if you are an international applicant:
    • Computer-Based: 235 with no sub-scores below 19.
    • Internet-Based: 90 with no sub-scores below 19 for reading, listening and speaking; and no writing sub-score below 22.
    • Paper-Based: 575 with no sub-scores below 52.

Admission to the doctoral program is on a rolling basis. For priority consideration, applications should be received by:

  • Fall semester admission: February 15.
  • Spring semester admission: August 15.

Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to reach out to our interior design and landscape architecture faculty members to champion their applications.

Degree Requirements

Students will develop a highly individualized program of study with the guidance of their faculty advisors. A student must complete a minimum of 45 course credits for the degree.

Download the degree requirements and the PhD Student Handbook (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) for more information.

Meet Your Advisors

Prospective MED and PhD students are encouraged to reach out to our interior design and landscape architecture faculty members to champion their applications.

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