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There is only one Mizzou

The University of Missouri was established in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase Territory. MU is a land grant university, a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Award-winning PhD teaching faculty are recognized by DesignIntelligence. See faculty credentials.
  • We are committed to integrating digital media with the learning of design. The Immersion Visualization lab "iLab" provides research opportunities and the Cynthia Adams Francis Collaboration Lab supports synchronous online distance education.
  • Our Advisory Board is a dedicated group of practicing professionals involved in academic development, student career development, internships, employment, and financial support. They come to campus both fall and spring semesters to meet with students and participate in mock interviews and thesis critiques.
  • Nationally recognized speakers come to campus each semester. The speaker series is supported by two endowments.
  • Scholarships and study abroad opportunities are available to students.
  • The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredits the BSHES interior design program. The interior design program has had continuous accreditation since 1972.
  • The accredited interior design program and online graduate program are nationally recognized by DesignIntelligence.
  • Our PhD program is one of eleven in the nation and the only online program.
  • The Department is the home of the federally funded Great Plains ADA Center with a 5-yr grant at $1 mil/annual.
  • Our outreach includes Extension activities, speaker series, community service, cooperative agreements, national memberships, and leadership.
  • Our program has enjoyed a long and accomplished history.

Enrollment Data:

  • BS HES Architectural Studies Department: 183 undergraduates
  • Interior Design Emphasis: 64 Interior Design majors
  • Architectural Studies (pre-architecture) Emphasis: 61 Architectural Studies majors
  • MA/MS (Masters – online and resident; part-time and full time): 8 students
  • PhD HES Architectural Studies (online & resident; part-time & full time): 23 students

Degrees Awarded:

  • BS HES Architectural Studies: 26 students in two emphasis areas with 14 majoring in interior design and 12 students majoring in the pre-architecture option.
  • MA/MS: 1 Masters – online and resident
  • PhD HES Architectural Studies: 3 Doctorates – online and resident

Minority Undergraduate and Graduate Enrollment2: 14.5%.

Undergraduate Degree Completion and Retention/Attrition for Department
Students enter the undergraduate professional program by taking Studio I in their first semester sophomore year.

  • Undergraduate completion is: 64% in 4 years or less; 70% in 5 years or less.

Specifics on Interior Design Student Achievement (CIDA program):

  • Retention for student cohort beginning professional program / Graduation rate completing degree: 93% in 5years or less.

Alumni Followup of 33 undergraduates completing Fall 2016-Summer 2017

  • Interior Design: 94% (15) employed in design field and 6% (1) other family choice.
  • Architectural Studies (pre-arch): 59% (10) employed in design field, 29% (5) accepted into graduate program, and 12% (2) other life and family choices.

1 Quantitative data are provided by the MU Office of Institutional Research for posting in 2018. Enrollment data reflects 2017 HES Statistics Report, 2016 Fall Census, and 2015-2016 Academic Year students (Fall, Spring, Summer Session).

2 Minority headcount includes African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic and Multiple Race/Ethnicity. Percentage enrolled excludes Non-Resident International and Unknown ethnicity in the base calculation.

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Our students are pleased with the quality of studio facilities and they are driven with admirable goals. Both interior design and architectural studies student majors responded to a survey conducted by DesignIntelligence.

The chart below provides student responses on quality of program’s studio facilities:

  Poor Adequate Good Very Good Excellent
Access to facilities 0% 11% 17% 11% 61%
Dedicated studio space 0% 6% 22% 22% 50%
Lighting (natural light) 17% 0% 22% 11% 50%
Size of facilities 11% 11% 11% 22% 44%
Student to faculty time 6% 0% 11% 22% 61%
Technology 6% 6% 11% 33% 44%

Demonstrating their high career goals, students plan to work in the field or go to graduate school and 60% (among both majors) plan to take the NCIDQ professional exam. In addition, students felt the quality of their program was oriented to the Architecture 2030 mandate as essential for sustainable design (DesignIntelligence, Q3, 2017, page 188).

ARCH students

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