Interior Design Program Accreditation

The Interior Design Program leading to a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.  The Interior Design program received re-accreditation in 2016.  The Interior Design program is also accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees granted by North Dakota State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam).  For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit .

The interior design program received re­-accreditation in 2016.  The interior design program is also accredited through the  National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Learn more about the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)→



Student Achievement Data

North Dakota State University, Interior Design, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 16 credits per semester four years to complete the degree program. Credits per semester may vary if student has transferred to the program with credits and the minor he/she may select to support their interior design degree.

The following data was collected using institutional records and alumni e-mails following the 2023 spring graduation. All graduating students have responded to e-mail to complete this data collection process


Student Attrition and Retention

Admission into the second-year professional program comes at the conclusion of the first year of the pre-professional program and is based upon demonstrated professional interest and involvement; a 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA, and a minimum grade of C in all major core requirements.  Students must maintain the 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA requirement and a grade of C or better in all major core requirements throughout the remainder of the program. 



Fall 2022 First Year Cohort


Spring 2023 student applications meeting admission requirements


Students from Fall 2022 cohort enrolled as of Fall 2023


Cohort Retention Rate



Graduation Rates

Of the students graduating in spring 2023, 88% graduated in 4 years (12% students not completing in 4 years were transfer students, students completing a second major, or students that took a gap year from the interior design curriculum).

Acceptance into Graduate Programs

No students that graduated in 2023 have applied for graduate school.


Job Placement

94% of students who graduated in May 2023 are employed in interior design.  Remaining alumni 6% are actively searching for employment in design following graduation.


Alumni Career Locations
Acre Workplace - St. Louis Park, MNInnovative Office Solutions - Fargo, ND
Accent Kitchen & Bath - Fargo, NDIntereum - Plymouth, MN
AOI Corporation – Omaha, NEInterOffice Workplace Furniture – Fargo, ND
Architecture Incorporated – Souix Falls, SDJLG Architects - Fargo & Grand Forks, ND
Atmosphere Commercial Interiors – Minneapolis, MNLA-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery - Murfreesboro, TN
Best Buy Headquarters – Minneapolis, MNLindsey Grace Interiors - Fargo, ND
Bettisworth North - Anchorage, AKLucy Interior Design - Minneapolis, MN
Braaten Cabinets – Fargo, NDMomentum Design Group - St. Paul, MN
BDH+Young – Edina, MNMonica Hart Interior Design - Fargo, ND
BWBR – St. Paul, MNPerkins & Will – San Francisco, CA
Canfield Business Interiors – Sioux Falls, SDPigott – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Christianson’s by Fluid – Fargo, NDR.L. Engebretson – Fargo, ND
Connect InteriorsRSP Architects – Minneapolis, MN / Rochester, MN
Country Classic Cabinets - Barnesville, MN Sanford Health Systems – Fargo, ND
Cushing Terrell - Billings, MT; Seattle WASavannah Design Group - Escondido, CA
Design Direction – Fargo, NDScheels Home and Hardware - Fargo, ND
Design Studio 360 - Fargo, NDShowcase Floors - Fargo, ND
DSGW Architecture - Duluth & Minneapolis, MNSmartt Interior Construction - Fargo, ND
Elness Swenson Graham Architects – Minneapolis, MNSRa - Eden Prairie, MN
ESG Architecture & Design - Minneapolis, MNStone Group Architects & Interiors - Sioux City, IA
Fireside Office Solutions – Bismarck, NDStudio 9 Design - Dickinson, ND
Fluid Interiors - Minneapolis, MNStudio M Interiors - Plymouth, MN
Furniture Mart USA – Minneapolis, MNT.L. Stroh Architects & Interiors – Fargo, ND
Gensler – New York, NYTarget – Corporate Real Estate & Construction – Minneapolis, MN
Habitat for Humanity – Sacramento, CATwist Interior Design - Minneapolis, MN
HDR - Minneapolis, MNTrever Hill Design - Fargo, ND
HGA – Minneapolis, MNWold Architects – St. Paul, MN
HLG Studio - Atlanta, GAVoith & Mactavish Architects - Philadelphia, PA
Holland Basham Architects - Omaha, NEWidseth - Brainerd/Baxter, MN
ICON Architectural Group - Fargo, NDWold Architects - St. Paul, MN
Ideal Commercial Interiors - Minneapolis, MNZerr Berg Architects – Fargo, ND
Infinity Design & Engineering - Shanghai China



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