Ask any of our students pursuing a master’s degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising about their day-to-day experiences in this two-year program. They’re sure to tell you about working on the cutting edge of fashion with a high-tech learning curve that makes all the difference. Through a creative and collaborative approach to the study of apparel and textiles, our primary goal is to introduce students to real-world apparel and design – from concept development to retail distribution using advanced knowledge and creativity in design, production, evaluation and technology.
Imagine working with Cotton, Incorporated on a 3D virtual selling space; or using a thermal manikin to help Lululemon evaluate the thermal properties of fabrics for potential use in their apparel; or examining Polartec fabrics on runners using infra-red thermography.
Graduates will be prepared for executive level positions in apparel and textile product design and development, CAD technology, industry research and development, as well as for careers in higher education and government. This program is also appropriate for those individuals seeking further graduate study at the Ph.D. level.
The Dual-Degree Option allows undergraduate students to apply 9 -12 hours of graduate work toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Faculty research interests
- Apparel Design - medical, protective, sports, creative
- Body Scan Technology
- Textile Analysis
- E-Commerce, M-Commerce
- Technologies in Retailing
- 20th Century Dress History
- Social Aspects of Dress
Possible courses include
- Functional Apparel Design
- Global Apparel Supply Chain Management
- Apparel Product Development
- The Business and Design of European Fashion
- Apparel Retail Technology
- Experimental CAD for Apparel
Admission Criteria for M.S. in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology
Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 semester hours in fashiom merchandising and design or a closely related area; equivalent work experience may be considered in place of semester hours.
Submission of the CMU application form for admission to CMU Graduate Studies.
Three letters of recommendation, including two from faculty. If it is not possible to obtain faculty references, references should be from professionals who can address your capacity to succeed as a graduate student. Specifically, letters should include information on the applicant’s:
- foundational background in fashion merchandising and design
- ability to succeed in this technologically advanced program
- written and verbal communication skills
Official transcripts sent from each university attended (other than CMU).
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
A 2-4 page, typed, double-spaced essay that (Part I) describes how previous experiences and training have prepared and led the applicant to pursue a Master of Science degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology (APDMT) and (Part II) identifies likely professional goals and how graduate training can help accomplish these goals. (This statement replaces item #26 on the application.)
$45 ($60 for international students) non-refundable application fee.
If applying to the accelerated/dual degree program, applicants must also submit the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program Application.
Application for a Graduate Assistantship is optional. applicants applying for a graduate assistantship must complete and submit the Graduate Assistantship Application no later than March 15 for the upcoming academic year.
Per university policy, conditional admission may be considered for applicants with background or grade point average deficiencies. Undergraduate courses taken to make up admission deficiencies cannot be counted toward graduate degree requirements. Regular admission status should be requested upon completion of all deficiencies.
Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis. However, early submission of application materials is strongly recommended. Once all of the application materials are received, please allow approximately six weeks for processing.
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