Degree Program Overview

The mission of the Interior Design Program at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is to provide an academic background preparing students to think critically, creatively, and independently, enabling them as beginning professionals in interior design to produce quality work and serve the public through protecting health, safety, and welfare in a diverse marketplace.

The interior design program leading to the B.S. or B.A. in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The B.S. or B.A. in Interior Design granted by Sam Houston State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). 

The interior design program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

 Read more about this program and the accreditation on the department program page.


All students who complete programs in Fashion Merchandising, Food Service Management, General Family and Consumer Sciences (without teacher certification), and Interior Design are required to complete a supervised internship of at least 300 hours. Students are provided leads for securing internship opportunities; however, part of the internship experience is securing a suitable position. We also offer students the opportunity to travel to Europe to study the works and lives of chemists and their influence on our world, especially in the areas of textiles and food science (offered in coordination with the Department of Chemistry).

Careers in Interior Design

  • Commercial Designer
  • Residential Designer
  • Design Showroom Manager
  • Space Planner
  • Interior Designer
  • Designer for Architects

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120-122 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Interior Design BA BS brochure (.pdf)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15

Program Coordinator

For specific questions about this program, please contact Mr. Ron Reed, Interim Program Coordinator, at 936.294.2481 or via email at