• For students Enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (BDes) program at UF
  • 24 Credit hours of additional work required
    • 12 hours of graduate level coursework in the senior year can be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree*.
  • Expect at least one year after completing the BDes to complete the Master of Interior Design (MID)

*If you do not need any extra credits to graduate with your BDes, you should instead apply to the graduate program. In order to take graduate courses during your final year that would count toward both your undergraduate degree and your graduate degree, you must need them for your undergraduate degree.

Meet with your academic advisor to determine if the combination-degree option is suitable for you. Qualified students can pursue the graduate degree outside the undergraduate major or department. Students normally apply in the junior or senior year. If accepted, students must take the GRE the first semester of their senior year.

Note that this is NOT an application to the graduate school, but to gain approval to take graduate courses during your undergraduate career that can be petitioned to count toward you graduate degree after you apply and are admitted to the graduate school.


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Financial aid may be available for the graduate portion of the program. Undergraduate degree costs should be satisfied with existing financial aid such as Bright Futures and Prepaid Tuition. Bright Futures can cover the undergraduate costs of up to 12 hours of graduate courses that apply to the undergraduate degree. Each student is responsible for the difference in tuition between the undergraduate and graduate course rates. If available, the Florida Prepaid Tuition Program can fund the first 120 hours. Graduate courses that apply toward the undergraduate degree are funded at the undergraduate rate, and the student is responsible for the difference.

Freshman and Sophomore years

Your freshman and sophomore years remain the same, regardless if you are entertaining the notion of applying for the Combination Degree in order to shorten the length of time to reach your graduate degree or not.  You would continue to PIN UP with your classmates in order to obtain a position in our upper division program.

Note that this is NOT an application to the graduate school, but to gain approval to take graduate courses during your undergraduate career that can be petitioned to count toward you graduate degree after you apply and are admitted to the graduate school.

Junior year

During your junior year, you can apply to the Combination Degree program.  If you plan on obtaining a Master of Interior Design degree, and if approved, this option allows you to start taking graduate level courses during your senior year that will be applicable to both your undergraduate and graduate degrees.
In order to qualify you must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA
  • Have completed all critical-tracking requirements
  • Have a competitive GRE score (this can be taken prior to applying, or at the latest, your first semester of your senior year)

You can apply either during your junior or senior year.

Senior year

You will be required to take the GRE your first semester of your senior year, if you have not yet taken it.  During your final semester, you will formally apply to the Graduate School with all other applicants.  You will have to graduate with your Bachelor Degree prior to starting graduate school, having maintained a minimum 3.2 GPA.
 

Graduate School

Upon acceptance to the Graduate School, we petition the graduate school to ‘transfer’ the graduate credits to your graduate record (those that have a B or higher).

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