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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.


Areas of Focus in the Graduate Program

Brand Management and Marketing • Consumer Behavior • Cross-Cultural Research • Historical/Cultural Aspects of Dress • International Trade and Policy • 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 - Professional Project (31 Credits)

Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible 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 $1,000 per credit (subject to have an annual increase of the same percent as regular UD graduate tuition), which is about 45% less than regular UD graduate tuition rate.  

For questions, please contact  Dr. Huantian Cao, Director of Graduate Studies

303 Alison Hall South


Dowload our Graduate Program Brochure Fashion and Apparel Studies Graduate Flyer.pdf

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8713
  • United States Fashion Industry Association