Standard requirements and course work that students must complete to earn the M.S. degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising includes a minimum of 31 hours of coursework which will include a minimum of 6 hours of research techniques (of which there must be a minimum of 3 hours of statistics and a minimum of 6 hours of 7000 or 8000 credits.
Students will choose to specialize in Creative Design/Product Development or Merchandising and choose to complete a thesis or professional project. Up to 9 credit hours of 3000-4000 level coursework can be part of the 26 graded credits of a program of study.
Professional Experience Master combines an overview of the fashion and retail industry, management, consumer patronage and purchase behavior, market analysis, product development, planning, buying, business operations, and entrepreneurship. Professional master’s students may also include a co-op professional project with a retail firm for professional master’s students.
Creative Design Master focuses on creativity, design process, product development theory, problem solving, juried design competitions, and an exhibition of a themed collection.
The leveling courses are areas of study that graduate students must show competency (through an undergraduate degree or industry experience) to earn their degree. Not all students require leveling courses.