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.
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:
Retailing represents one-third of the U.S. economy
Planning and proposal writing
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.