Master in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology

Central Michigan University

Program Description

Master in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology

Central Michigan University

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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 hours of graduate work toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Admission Criteria

Complete application materials must be received by the date indicated. Applicants interested in being considered for a graduate assistantship should apply for admission by the deadline. Late applications may not be considered for a graduate assistantship.

  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 semester hours in fashion merchandising and design or a closely related area; equivalent work experience may be considered in place of semester hours.
  • Complete and submit the electronic graduate program application located on the left side of the screen at
  • 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

The letters may be mailed to Candace Maylee, 128A Wightman Hall, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 or submitted electronically to or as an attachment. The letters must be signed and printed on letterhead from the recommender's university or company, and include the recommender's contact information.

  • 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.)
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • If applying to the accelerated/dual degree program, applicants must also submit the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program Application.
This school offers programs in:
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Last updated January 16, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Mar. 1, 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
USA Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2017
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Duration 2 years
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