The Master of Science in Fashion & Apparel Studies is designed to prepare students to be effective professionals in the global fashion industry. The growth and dominance of large multinational apparel brands and retailers has created a need for professionals who are globally oriented, innovative, have both apparel product development and consumer behavior expertise along with an understanding of social responsibility and sustainability, and strong communication skills. Graduates will be able to serve as integrators who can create value for a firm by synthesizing knowledge about consumer research, product design, product merchandising, product sourcing, and product presentation.
The MS program is unique in that all students complete design innovation and consumer behavior courses to bring an understanding of both to solving problems in the global fashion industry. Concepts and practices from social responsibility and sustainability underlie the graduate program. Students pursuing the thesis research option take 31 credit hours of course work and research. Thirteen credits are taken in fashion and apparel studies courses in topics such as research analysis in fashion studies, global fashion consumers, theories of design and aesthetics, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Six additional credits are taken in research methods and statistics, six credits are available for special interest electives, and six credits support the thesis research. A limited number of assistantships are available; applications are due February 1 each year to be considered for funding for fall semester.
Alternatively, the MS program is offered in a non-thesis option
effective fall 2013. This program of study is more heavily focused on course
work than the original MS program. For the non-thesis MS students take 31
credit hours of course work and research. Thirteen credits are required in
fashion and apparel studies courses in topics such as research analysis in
fashion studies, global fashion consumer, social responsibility and
sustainability, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Twelve
credits of special interest elective courses from within or outside the
department are taken. Three credits of research methods and a three-credit
Special Problem project complete the program.
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