Fashion and Apparel Studies MS, CERT ApplyInquire

The Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies offers a Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies. The program is designed to prepare students to be effective professionals in the global apparel industry. All students will complete design problem-solving and consumer behavior courses to bring an understanding of both to meet challenges in the global fashion industry. The growth and dominance of large multinational apparel brands and retailers has created a need for graduates who are globally oriented and innovative, with apparel product design expertise, consumer behavior expertise, strong research skills, an understanding of social responsibility and sustainability, and strong communication skills. Graduates will be eligible for key industry positions that create value for a firm by integrating knowledge about consumer research, product design, product merchandising, product sourcing, and product presentation. The program has an international focus and emphasizes understanding design, theory, and research as they relate to fashion phenomena. Concepts and practices from social responsibility and sustainability underlie the graduate program. The MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies with theses option is designed to provide students interested in future doctoral work in fashion and apparel programs a strong foundation toward that goal. An MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies without a thesis is also an option for those students wishing the flexibility to focus their advanced degree toward their academic interests and professional goals.

Current UD undergraduate students can be considered for admission to the 4+1 BS in Fashion Merchandising/MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies. A Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business is also offered.

UD Tuition:

The University of Delaware published graduate student tuition base rate for graduate credit in 2016-17 is $1,720 per credit hour. UD Deans may offer adjustments to students in specific programs that may reduce the per credit costs.


Application Deadline:

February-01 To be considered for departmental funding
July-01: Final deadline to apply

December-01 Final deadline to apply

Certificate Program applications are accepted up to one month prior to the student’s desired start.


For more about this program contact:
Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
211 Allison Hall West
Newark, DE 19716
(302)-831-8714 • Email >



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