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Online Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design

A personalized, online MFA

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  • Duration2 years
  • Cost per credit$785
  • Credit hours36

Program Benefits

  • Transfer up to nine credits
  • No application fee
  • Six start dates per year

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Brenau University’s Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design program features coursework in classroom preparation as well as teaching and assessing in an online environment. Personalize your degree by building your concentration with guidance from Brenau’s expert faculty members. You’ll complete a thesis and teach undergraduate interior design classes to earn this terminal degree and graduate prepared for advanced practice or academic positions.

Advance in teaching interior design

An MFA in Interior Design will prepare you to pursue advancement opportunities for a more rewarding and meaningful career. Our graduates have found success in academia and interior design thanks to the skills and knowledge gained at Brenau. With this degree, you’ll qualify for positions such as post-secondary professor ($89,803/year1) and director of interior design ($101,4152).

Design your concentration for a customized degree

Personalize your MFA by building your concentration with help from Brenau’s expert faculty. You’ll receive guidance in pursuing the area of concentration that’s right for you and continued support as you complete your study.

Complete a fully online curriculum

12 courses

36 total credits

Complete coursework focused on research, instruction, virtual learning and more to earn your online MFA from Brenau. You’ll write a thesis and teach an undergraduate class to graduate prepared for the next step in your career.

Course spotlights

  • ID 660 Interior Design Classroom Preparation
  • ID 661 Applied Interior Design Classroom Instruction
  • ED 677 Teaching and Assessing within a Virtual Environment
  • ID 680 Interior Design Research Methods
Curriculum Details

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No application fee

The online master’s degree in interior design offers six start dates per year, so you can apply anytime and pursue your education as soon as possible. With no application fee, you can apply risk-free.

To apply to Brenau’s online Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design, you’ll need:

Undergraduate degree in Interior Design or Architecture
Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
Copy of updated professional resume/curriculum vitae
Portfolio of student work and/or professional work
Admission Details

We strive to make your education affordable

$785 per credit

$26,260 total tuition

By choosing Brenau, you’re investing in a degree that will set you on a path to a successful career. Along with affordable tuition, you can pursue federal financial aid to make your education even more cost-effective.

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What you’ll learn

Explore topics including classroom preparation and instruction in the online Master of Fine Arts program from Brenau University. Graduate ready to advance in your career and pursue a rewarding position in teaching, interior design or architecture.

Program outcomes

With Brenau’s online MFA in Interior Design, you can:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and techniques for evidence-based research and apply them to a design.
  • Research, plan, implement and assess undergraduate interior design courses.
  • Implement critical thinking skills as related to design analysis and project solutions.
  • Grasp links between professional practice and design research.
  • Express knowledge of critical issues in design education and research.
  • Exhibit competency in written and oral communication and visual literacy.

About our dedicated, supportive faculty

Faculty members at Brenau are dedicated to helping you succeed. Most classes feature a small student-to-faculty ratio, so you can get to know your professors and their unique areas of expertise. As you broaden your professional network, you’ll have the mentorship and support of our faculty throughout your program.

Faculty spotlight

Margaret Gilchrist Serrato, Ph.D., MBA, AIA, ASID, LEED AP

Interior Design MFA Director

Margaret Gilchrist Serrato, Ph.D., has been a professor at Brenau University since 2003 and the director of Brenau’s Interior Design MFA since 2019. Previously, she taught at the Atlanta College of Art, American Intercontinental University, Louisville Institute of Interior Design, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and Converse College. Serrato’s research interest is the relationship between building configuration and informal communication among knowledge workers. She regularly presents and publishes research through various professional organizations, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Tradeline, CoreNet, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), NeoCon and the International Space Syntax Symposia. She earned her Ph.D. in Architecture, Culture and Behavior from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Serrato also holds an MBA, Master’s in Architecture, Master’s in Environmental Psychology and MFA in Interior Design.

Online learning

At Brenau, you will learn in small classes, which gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive one-on-one support from your professors. With flexible scheduling and online delivery, we make education fit into your busy life. Our programs respond to the needs of today’s students, so you’ll receive the education you need to become a leader who makes a difference. From here, you can.

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Frequently asked questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

It will not. The diploma is the same for all graduates, whether their program was completed online or on ground.

While the specifics of each program vary, the admissions process always starts by submitting your application for the program you want to attend. To complete your application file, you’ll need official transcripts, an online application and possibly other documents. Your admissions counselor will help guide you through this process.

Undergraduate students can transfer up to 90 credits to their program. If the student is pursuing their first graduate degree at Brenau, up to six semester hours of coursework taken at another regionally accredited institution of higher education may be appropriately transferred to Brenau as part of the planned program of study with approval from the department chair. If the student has a master’s degree, up to nine hours of graduate credit may transfer with departmental approval. Grading standards of the Brenau program into which the work is transferred will apply.

There are no application fees at Brenau University.

Absolutely! Online programs at Brenau are explicitly designed with busy working professionals in mind, including those with personal and professional responsibilities. The format provides the flexibility you need to succeed in your selected program. From here, you can.

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