National Interior Design Accreditation

  • The Interior Design studio at MRU.


Our mission is to provide a holistic, interactive learning community that prepares graduates for the complex and dynamic practice of interior design.


Our educational philosophy integrates theory, research and practice to develop students’ critical thinking skills as they contemplate and solve real-world problems through ethical, human-centred, inclusive, integrated and sustainable design considerations.


Building on its history at MRU and the location in Calgary, with a commitment to supportive learning, inclusiveness and equity, the Interior Design program values:

Learners from diverse contexts who are compelled to engage in the process of design and are motivated to improve the quality of life for people in the built environment;

Faculty of professional designers, architects and scholars who are committed to innovative, interactive teaching approaches that engage and empower students to achieve their design potential;

Alumni who contribute to the larger community, the interior design profession, MRU and to the growth of our students; and the

Mount Royal community that supports the delivery of innovative teaching and learning practices.

Student achievements

Interior Design Program Student Achievement

The following data was collected using institutional records and alumni feedback — September 2023.

It typically takes a full-time student enrolled in the Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) degree, taking approximately 15 credits per semester, four years to complete the BID program.

Student Retention and Attrition

92.5% of students admitted in the fall of 2022 returned in the fall of 2023, putting attrition at 7.5%.

Graduation Rates

Of the students graduating in 2023, 85% graduated in 4 years.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs

Of the students applying for their Master's, all were accepted. 

Job Placement Rates

71% of students who graduated in 2023 are employed in interior design or a related profession.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) 

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Interior Design degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Granville 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 Bachelor of Interior Design degree granted by Mount Royal 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