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FASH Grad Program

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​The FASH graduate program provides students with exciting learning, research, and networking opportunities that benefit students’ long-term career development in fashion, apparel, retail, and related industries. In the picture, FASH graduate students Ally Botwinick (4+1 program), Miriam Keegan, and Leah Marsh (4+1 program) visited Macy’s headquarters in New York City and presented their research findings on sustainable apparel sourcing to Macy’s leadership team.​

Fashion and apparel is a $4 trillion dollar annual business worldwide. Across the supply chain, the U.S. fashion and apparel industry directly employs more than 4 million people, who undertake positions ranging from product developers, sourcing managers, merchandisers, buyers, and marketing professionals, just to name a few. As the U.S. fashion and apparel industry continues to focus on high-value parts—research & development, design and marketing, demand for professionals with a postgraduate degree in these fields is growing steadily. Graduates of our M.S. program are also highly sought for Ph.D. programs at major universities.

The University of Delaware is strategically located near world leaders in high performance textile manufacturing. Companies such as DuPont, Gore, and Invista. Furthermore, the department is able to take full advantage of various opportunities in the fashion industry in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and other major metropolitan areas due to its close proximity.

For many UD students, their bachelor's degree is just the beginning of their time as a Blue Hen. Whether it is the quality and value of our classes, our outstanding faculty and facilities, a desire to remain at a place where friends surround them and has become their home, or any other reason, they remain at or return to UD to pursue a graduate degree.

Hear what Hannah Laurits (B.S., Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising and Management, 2022 and M.S., Fashion and Apparel Studies, 2024) has to say about why she joined the FASH graduate program.​​

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Hannah Laurits

Read the story about MS graduate student Michelle Yatvitskiy’s remarkable research about textile recycling.

Read the story ​about MS graduate student & Fullbright scholar Miriam Keegan’s learning experience at the FASH Master’s p​rogram and her passion for fashion sustainability.​

Alumni Profiles to see what Fashion & Apparel program graduates are up to.

Areas of Focus in the Graduate Program

Brand Management and Marketing • Consumer Behavior • Cross-Cultural Research • Historical/Cultural Aspects of Dress • International Trade and Poli​cy • Product Development and Design • Social Responsibility • Sustainability • Textile Research and Development

Program Options

MS In Fashion and Apparel Studies - Thesis (31 Credits)

MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies - Professi​onal Project (31 Credits)

Graduate Certificate in Socially ​Respon​sible and Sustainable Apparel Business

Admission Requirement

Tuition and Affordability

The MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies program makes attending the University of Delaware affordable through graduate assistantship/fellowship and generous tuition discounts. The tuition of MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies and Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business is $950.00 per credit (subject to have an annual increase).

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

shenglu@udel.edu​, 307 Alison Hall South

APPLY NOW!

Download​​ our Graduate Program Brochure Fashion and Apparel Studies Graduate Flyer.pdf

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