Master of Science (Merchandising, Textile Science)


Master of Science (Merchandising, Textile Science) Master of Science (M.S.)

Master of Science in Merchandising

The objective of a Master of Science of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design with a specialization in Merchandising is to prepare future practitioners who can critically apply knowledge of merchandising practices to the soft-goods industry.  Learning innovative merchandising techniques, including the extensive use of technology, will provide students with applicable knowledge of the field.  Students will also learn and apply theory and research methods to address industry challenges. In addition, interdisciplinary knowledge, from fields such as marketing and educational psychology, will enhance students’ perspectives toward research.

Two options are available for Master of Science with a specialization in Merchandising:

Option I. Thesis Master of Science program (33 hours):

12

hours minimum in TMFD, including TMFD 874

6

hours of thesis (TMFD 899)

3

hours of research methods

6

hours minimum of statistics

6

hours to be arranged with TMFD Major Advisor (may be in major area, outside area, or combination)

33

hours total (8 hours in graduate-only courses, in addition to 6 thesis hours)

 

 Option III. Master of Science program (36 hours):

Option III. Master of Science (36 hours) must complete at least 20 hours in TMFD courses. Eighteen of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students.  A formal presentation and comprehensive examination are required.  Distribution of courses for Option III includes:

18

hours minimum in TMFD, including TMFD 874

6

hours of research methods

12

hours to be arranged with TMFD Major Advisor (may be in major area, outside area, or combination)

36

hours total (18 hours in graduate-only courses)

Option I or III. Master of Science (Distance Delivery) program (36 hours):

Option I or III. Master of Science in Merchandising (36 hours; Distance Delivery) must complete 30 credits in required courses and six hours of thesis or elective credits.  Visit the GP-IDEA website for additional program information. 

Distribution of courses for Option I or III Distance Delivery includes:

3

hours in TMFD 851: Consumer Behavior

3

hours in TMFD 852: Professional Advancement

3

hours in TMFD 854: Promotional Strategies in Merchandising

3

hours in TMFD 855: Retail Theory and Current Practice

3

hours in TMFD 862: International Retail Expansion

3

hours in TMFD 863: Retail Analytics

3

hours in TMFD 864: Financial Merchandising Implications

3

hours in TMFD 865: Strategic Planning

3

hours in TMFD 866: Product Design, Development, and Evaluation

3

hours in TMFD 875: Research Methods

6

hours thesis or elective credits, as arranged by TMFD Major Advisor

36

hours total

 

Master of Science in Textile Science

The goal of the Master in Science of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design with a specialization in Textile Science is to educate textile scientists who can comprehensively apply theory, academic research and application of knowledge to their specialties.  An in-depth look is taken at fundamental textile material science disciplines, as well as relevant interdisciplinary knowledge and technologies, in which students play a leading role in the future.  Related fields like chemistry and statistics are focused to enhance students’ abilities to solve complex problems within or outside their area of expertise, and contribute to the development of textiles with original research.

Two options are available for Master of Science with a specialization in Textile Science:

Option I. Thesis Master of Science program (33 hours):

12

hours minimum in TMFD, including TMFD 874

6

hours of thesis (TMFD 899)

3

hours of research methods

6

hours minimum of statistics

6

hours to be arranged with TMFD Major Advisor (may be in major area, outside area, or combination)

33

hours total (8 hours in graduate-only courses, in addition to 6 thesis hours)

 

Option III. Master of Science program (36 hours):

Option III. Master of Science (36 hours) must complete at least 20 hours in TMFD courses. Eighteen of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students.  A formal presentation and comprehensive examination are required.  Distribution of courses for Option III includes:

18

hours minimum in TMFD, including TMFD 874

6

hours of research methods

12

hours to be arranged with TMFD Major Advisor (may be in major area, outside area, or combination)

36

hours total (18 hours in graduate-only courses)

Master's Handbook

Application to this program

Requirements for Applicants

• Completion of online application through GAMES

• Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

• Minimum GRE Scores (Institution code = 6877) Verbal 150, Quantitative 141, and 4.0 Analytical Writing. For textile science students, the minimum scores are 143 Verbal, 155 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical Writing.   

• Minimum TOEFL scores (International Students only) 550 on paper test, 213 on computer based test or 79 on the internet based test (Institution code – 6877).  
• Digital Portfolio for textile design and apparel design areas of interest only.

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