The MPS-S is a one-year post-professional program focused on specialized knowledge, thinking, and skills, structured to prepare design professionals to assume leadership roles in developing and maintaining sustainable interior spaces that will positively impact the world. The curriculum provides rigorous professional education in the area of sustainable design focused on the interior environment, exposing students to a range of topics, research methods, integrated design development methodologies, and sustainable project management practices. Course work addresses the history and theory of sustainability, principles of sustainable materials, natural and artificial lighting and control systems, and integrated environmental systems design and indoor air quality as well as green textiles, furnishings, and decorative elements. The program includes two major studios designed to integrate acquired knowledge and research while exploring both residential and nonresidential environments, and prepares graduates to achieve LEED AP accreditation.

The 30-credit MPS onsite and online may be completed through full-time study in one year, or part-time study in two years, and is structured to accommodate working professionals by offering all classes in the evening (EST) and on weekends. The full-time program consists of two 15-week semesters composed of lecture, seminar, and studio formats followed by an 8-week summer session; part-time study requires a minimum enrollment of 6 credits for each semester, and 2 to 4 credits in each of the summer sessions. All of the 30 credits required for the MPS degree must be taken at NYSID. MPS-S online provides the same rigorous education as the onsite program, but with greater flexibility. NYSID instructors teach every online course and the curriculum and learning goals are the same as the onsite courses. The online program is offered in a synchronous format and requires log-in at set times.

Admission to the MPS-S requires formal acceptance and a first-professional degree in interior design, architecture, engineering, or a closely related field, and submission of a portfolio demonstrating the applicant’s professional–level education and experience.

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Semester I – Fall (12 credits)

725 History and Theory of Sustainability in the Interior Environment (2)
726 Principles of Sustainable Design in the Natural Environment (2)
728 Designing the Green Interior (2)
733 Sustainable Soft Goods (2)
742 Sustainable Studio I – Residential Environments (4)

Semester II – Spring (12 credits)

736 Materials and Finishes for the Sustainable Interior (2)
738 Constructing the Green Interior (2)
743 Sustainable Hard Goods (2)
749 Environmental Systems for the Sustainable Interior (2)
752 Sustainable Studio II – Contract Environments (4)

Semester III – Summer (6 credits)

734 Daylighting (2)
744 Green Lighting, Energy, and Controls (2)
748 Maintaining the Green Interior (2)