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 fashion designers, 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.
We are able to leverage
rich resources from our collaborations with executives in the global
fashion and apparel industry, successful alumni, and international
advisory council members. For example, our Sustainable Apparel
Initiative involves faculty, student, and industry collaboration. This
initiative generates interest from around the world and has been covered
in Women's Wear Daily, just-style.com, Eco-Textile News, Apparel
Magazine and other industry publications.
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
The following options are offered in the graduate program.
MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies – Thesis (31 Credits)
MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies – Professional Project (31 Credits)
4 + 1 MS Program
Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business (9 Credits)
For questions about the graduate program, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies:
Huantian Cao, Director of Graduate Studies
303 Alison Hall South