M.Sc. On Campus

Design Studies

Samford University

12 months
28446 USD/year
28446 USD/year
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Samford University Department of Interior Architecture offers an online Master of Science in Design Studies (MSDS). The Design Studies program provides the opportunity for students to pursue further research specifically related to their design expertise or perhaps transition into an academic role in design education.


Design Studies Program Outcomes

  • Upon satisfactory completion of the MSDS degree, all graduates will be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge and skills base in the core areas of design, academic research and the practice of design education.

Samford University graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of various research methodologies.

  • Examine current trends in architecture, interior design, and environmental design.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for effective design research and/or education practice in their selected area of expertise.

  • Apply current research findings and the knowledge of professional standards to the practice of design education.

  • Engage in research activities that contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of interior design and/or design education.

  • Engage in analytical methods in order to effect optimal outcomes.

  • Transfer the knowledge of service to the academic experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Writing
  • Research Design and Methods 
  • Design Theory and Criticism
  • Design Issues in the Interior Built Environment
  • Pedagogy of Design Methods and Processes
  • Architecture, Society, and Culture
  • Master Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The MSDS program of study seeks candidates who have demonstrated professional experience in the design fields and who are interested in advanced study in design, research and teaching.
  • Candidates for the MSDS program of study typically hold a professional degree in interior design, architecture, or landscape architecture and applicable professional registration(s). Candidates with a design degree in a related discipline or who qualify for professional registration may also qualify for admission into the MSDS program of study.
  • To be considered for admission, all applicants must complete their online application on or before the posted application deadline.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 862 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    28446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 862 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Homewood

850 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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