Program type:

Grad Track

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

Become an industry leader at one of the top merchandising programs in the country as you develop the transformational skills needed for career success in the 21st century.
The Grad Track Pathway toward a M.S. in Merchandising offers students an opportunity to earn both the BS and MS degree in a shorter time period at less cost than earning both degrees separately. The Grad Pathway is intended for selected students as preparation to pursue career goals or for preparation to pursue a doctoral degree.

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Why Earn a Combined Bachelor's and Master's in Merchadising?

Earn a Master’s Degree in less time, Save up to 12 credit hours of graduate tuition and university fees. 

Eligibility: Students completed 75 hours or more credit hours of their bachelor's degree program and have an overall GPA of 3.5 before applying

Marketable Skills
  • Quantitative analysis of merchandising strategies
  • Oral and written communication
  • Analyze target consumer behavior
  • Teamwork
  • Apply fashion product knowledge
  • Research presentation
  • Articulate merchandising theories, principles, and practices
  • Merchandising capabilities
  • Application of appropriate research methods
  • Solve complex problems through independent inquiry

Combined Merchandising Degrees Highlights

You can earn three credit hours through a merchandising study tour. Class destinations include New York City and Dallas, where you tour showrooms, manufacturing facilities, retail establishments, museums and significant historical structures.
Study abroad opportunities to Hong Kong/China, London and France can provide international exposure to the fashion industry.
The Merchandising program is recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the nation. The Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing is a recipient of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute Award for Excellence for innovative and exemplary programs and research.
Many of our faculty members have been internationally recognized for their research and teaching by the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, the International Textile and Apparel Association, the American Collegiate Retailing Association, and the European Institute of Retailing and Services Studies, among others.
Excellent networking, internship and employment opportunities are available because of the university's close proximity to leading merchandising, apparel and home furnishing companies.
Professional development events such as the Consumer Experience Symposium and the Executive + Scholar Lecture Series bring corporate executives to our college for lectures and meetings with students.

What Can You do With Combined Degrees in Merchandising?

A degree in this field can help prepare you for many positions, including:

  • Merchandiser
  • Buyer for retail brands
  • Product developer
  • Brand manager
  • Store analyst
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Store manager in retail store operations

Graduates have worked for companies such as Fossil, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, The Container Store, Target, J.C. Penney and Zale Corp.

Combined Merchandising Degrees Courses You Could Take

Social Psychology of Dress and Appearance (3 hrs)
Theoretical frameworks are examined and used to interpret the meanings of dress in cultural patterns, social organizations, social interactions and personal identities. Current fashion trends are analyzed and interpreted through the study of popular culture and everyday life.
Global DiscoveryEurope (3 hrs)
Experience fashion and home furnishings industries through visits to manufacturing facilities, retail establishments, museums, historical structures, and industry support organizations in Europe, primarily in Paris and London. Pre-trip and post-trip class meetings required.
Consumer Theory (3 hrs)
Classic and contemporary consumer theories analyzed in situational contexts. Emphasis on formulating integrated consumer behavior models for strategic decision-making in both domestic and international consumer-driven markets in merchandising and hospitality industries.
Sustainable Strategies in Merchandising (3 hrs)
Examines fundamental business tools for the pursuit of sustainable development to business operation in apparel and home furnishings enterprises.
Historic Costume (3 hrs):
Survey of costume from ancient civilization to the present. Emphasis on technological, cultural and social influences on historic and contemporary styles.

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