Master of Science (M.S.) in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Program By Iowa State University |Top Universities

Master of Science (M.S.) in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Master of Science (M.S.) in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

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Graduate studies in apparel, merchandising, and design extends knowledge and research beyond the basics to take a close look at industry-wide issues, such as outsourcing, sustainability, and customer buying behavior. Students in this program are afforded many opportunities to present and publish their research alongside world-renown faculty members. For the AMD Master of Science degree, a minimum of 30 credits is required. The credits are divided into three groups: Group 1: Group 1 includes an introductory course to graduate study in apparel, merchandising, and design plus courses in research methods and statistics. Included in this group are the 6-7 credits for the required research projects, which the student reports in thesis form A non-thesis Master of Science is available with specialization in apparel, merchandising, and design. The specialization facilitates professional development of graduate students interested in careers in museums, cooperative extension, or business and industry positions. Group 2: Group 2 includes the major course work in apparel, merchandising, and design. Group 3: Group 3 includes a minimum of 2 courses taken in related disciplines outside apparel, merchandising, and design. Choice of courses depends on the student?s background, goals, and research topic. The program is planned by the student and the Program of Study (POS) Committee. Graduates accept positions relevant to their academic experience. Master's graduates have experience working in team-oriented and interactive environments. Graduates are prepared to adapt to future changes in their professions and to provide leadership in professional and public practice. They bring a strong sense of ethics to research, teaching, and business endeavors.