4+1 Master's Program

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​The 4+1 program allows undergraduate Fashion Merchandising and Management majors and Fashion Design and Product Innovation majors​ ​to complete the master's degree in Fashion and Apparel Studies in half the time. By accelerating attainment of a master's degree which includes writing a thesis, students are provided with expanded opportunities for attaining effective written communication skills, to think critically to solve problems, to work independently, and an opportunity to gain research experience with faculty scholars. A Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies may result in expanded opportunities for career growth in fashion, apparel, retail and related industries.​

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Admissions Requirements ​

Admission to 4+1 Program

1. When to Apply - Students will apply for admission to the 4+1 Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies program in the fall semester of the junior year. However, any undergraduate student interested in applying for the program is encouraged to make their interest known to their advisor as early as the freshman year.

2. Admission requirements - Applicants for admission meet the following requirements:a. Students must be enrolled at the University of Delaware in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies pursuing an undergraduate major in FM or FDPI.

b. A minimum of 60 undergraduate credits and a GPA equivalent to at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in all prior undergraduate college-level course work.

c. Students must also take the GRE or GMAT; however, the GRE/GMAT is waived if a student has a 3.5 GPA or higher.

d. Candidates for admission must submit a personal statement describing interests, intellectual goals, and how this program would meet their goals and objectives.

e. Admission to the 4+1 program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

3. Application deadlines - Review of applicants begins October 15th of the junior year and students are officially notified by November 1st. Students begin the 4+1 program in the spring of the junior year.​​

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Degree Req​uirements

For questions, please contact Dr. Sheng Lu​, Director of Graduate Studies

shenglu@udel.edu​, 307 Alison Hall South​

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