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Master's in Merchandising

The Master of Science in Design, Housing and Merchandising, option in Merchandising, builds your skill set through applied coursework that focuses on integrating theory and research in the field. A master’s degree is an industry-recognized professional qualification that can help you advance your career in business or prepare you for teaching in higher education.

 

Curriculum

Our industry-based curricula is taught by nationally recognized faculty in fully equipped design studios and classrooms. The master’s program requires 30 credit hours for completion and a traditional research thesis.

 

Course topics for the master’s degree include:

 

 

$4 Trillion

Retailing represents one-third of the U.S. economy

  • Research developments
  • Planning and proposal writing
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Consumer behavior
  • Merchandising trends
  • International merchandising management
  • Promotional strategies in merchandising

 

Research and Faculty

Research in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising includes technology related applications on garments, consumer behavior, labeling, eye tracking, sustainability and more.  Our laboratories feature virtual and augmented reality software and equipment, including eye-tracker and psychophysiological equipment and 3D printing capabilities. The Gerber Technology Fashiontech Design and Development Center houses cutting-edge, computer-aided design programs, cutters, printers and digitizers. 

 

Meet our faculty

Mixed Reality Showroom and Laboratory

Product Design and Testing Laboratory

Human Environmental Factors Laboratory

 

Admissions

The preferred annual deadline to apply is January 15, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  

To apply to the MS in Design, Housing and Merchandising, option in Merchandising, submit the following:
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  • Graduate College application
  • GRE scores
  • Official academic transcripts (3.0 minimum GPA required)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • If English is a second language, applicants must submit results for TOEFL or IELTS tests. 

 

Cost & Assistance

Students may be eligible for graduate assistantships. Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 

 

Assistantships and support

Cost

Financing graduate school

Scholarship

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