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Option in Merchandising

The Master of Science in Design and Merchandising, option in Merchandising, builds your skill set through coursework that focuses on integrating theory and research in the merchandising 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:

  • Research developments
  • Planning and proposal writing
  • Statistics
  • Technology in retail and consumer experiences
  • Other merchandising and consumer behavior-related issues


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

Course information

Online master's in retail merchandising leadership


Research and Faculty

Research in the Department of Design 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

Facilities and technology

College research initiatives



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


To apply to the MS in Design and Merchandising, option in Merchandising, submit the following:

  • 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.

Graduate student resources


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


Financing graduate school


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