Interior Design Undergraduate Degree (BA)

Good design can boost productivity, increase sales, attract clients, foster creativity, provide a relaxing hospital stay or even increase the market value of a building. Almost every built interior environment - including healthcare settings, schools, offices and homes - is planned by an interior designer.

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

Interior design is a profession incorporating both the functionality and aesthetics of indoor spaces. Interior designers understand the importance of the relationship between human beings and the complex microenvironment that they use.

The Interior Design curriculum has been continually accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since 1976.

Interior design students working on a project together.

Core areas of study include:

  • Design education and pedogogy.
  • Design theory and application.
  • Historic preservation and conservation of built environments.
  • Sustainable design.
  • Visual communication and technology.
  • Indoor environmental quality.

Learn more about requirements and courses in Interior Design.

Interior Design Graduates 


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Top of Starting Salary Range

Data from MSU Spring 2018 Destination Survey

Career Opportunities

Sampling of companies hiring interior design graduates:

  • Bergmann Associates.
  • C2AE.
  • DBI.
  • Jones Lang Lasalle at Beaumont.
  • Kraemer Design Group.
  • La-Z-Boy.
  • NEST of Grand Traverse.
  • Sparrow Health Systems.

Pursuing a graduate degree is also a viable option after graduation.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with construction management companies, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in this industry.


MSU Interior Design’s Kristy Kellom wins Best Student Design Poster Award at EDRA50

June 26, 2019

Kristy Kellom, graduate student in environmental design won the first place for the Environmental Design and Research Association (EDRA) Student Design Poster Award at the EDRA50 conference in Brooklyn, NY, May 22-25, 2019.

Construction Management faculty members Sinem Mollaoglu and Dong Zhao with students Patty Giradot and Carolyn Whiting standing with their award-winning poster at the 21st UURAF.

SPDC students received first-place at MSU’s 21st University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

June 24, 2019

Three students from SPDC received first-place awards in April at MSU’s 21st University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.


Advisor Information

Student Services Office
(517) 432-3393
Human Ecology Building, Room 102

Undergraduate Secretary

Built Environment Majors

  • Construction Management

    Established in 1948, the Construction Management Program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). It offers a Bachelor, Masters and PhD in Construction Management.

  • Horticulture

    The Horticulture program prepares students to make new discoveries in the plant sciences, promote the use of plants and food for improved human health, and manage and develop landscape design projects.

  • Interior Design

    The Interior Design program focuses on design theory and application, historic preservation and conservation, sustainable design, visual communication and technology and indoor environmental quality.

  • Landscape Architecture

    The Landscape Architecture Program focuses on the integration of art, science and human interaction, applying their knowledge to diverse and immersive project types from local to international settings.

  • Packaging

    Packaging is a multidisciplinary program focused on all aspects of the industry from materials and processes through systems development and testing.

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