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Fashion Merchandising - B.S.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Kent
Fall

Kent
Spring

Program description

Fashion Merchandising - B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising allows for students to acquire a thorough background in the business aspects of the fashion industry, whereby they develop competencies in fashion theory, retail operations, management and buying, fashion forecasting and promotion, the merchandising for apparel manufacturing and the development and marketing of fashion goods.

Students participate in a study abroad/away experience, which includes opportunities to study for a semester in New York City and Florence, Italy, as well as through collaborative partnership programs with the Paris American Academy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Regent's University in London.

In addition, students in the Fashion Merchandising major have the opportunity to enroll in the combined degree program with the Master of Business Administration degree. The combined B.S./M.B.A. degree program allows high-achieving undergraduate students early admission into graduate school. Students enrolled in the combined degree program will complete a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework for the M.B.A. degree during their senior year. This allows student to accelerate their completion of the M.B.A degree after being awarded their undergraduate degree. Students complete a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 representing the B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising and at least an additional 30 representing the M.B.A. degree). To be eligible for the combined program, students must first complete a minimum of 90 credit hours in the fashion merchandising degree with at least a 3.300 overall grade point average. Upon achieving these requirements, students submit an admissions application to the M.B.A. program by the set application deadline. Students need to satisfy all requirements for the admissions application, including the GMAT exam.

Admission requirements

Freshman Students:

Admission to the Fashion Merchandising major is selective. Prospective applicants must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); and a minimum 21 ACT composite score or a minimum 1060 SAT score.

Transfer Students:

Admission to the Fashion Merchandising major requires a minimum 2.750 overall GPA based on minimum 24 credit hours of college-level coursework at an accredited institution. Those students meeting this GPA requirement but with fewer than 24 credit hours will be evaluated as new freshmen.

Students who do not meet the criteria for admission to the Fashion Merchandising major may be eligible for admission to the Pre-Fashion Design and Merchandising non-degree major. In addition, students who do not meet the admission criteria may initiate the process for declaring the B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising after completing minimum 12 credit hours of non-developmental coursework at Kent State University and earning a minimum 2.750 overall GPA.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.


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Program content

Semester One

  • Fashion Fundamentals
  • Fashion Visuals
  • Fashion Visuals Laboratory
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Introduction to Fashion Technology
  • Introduction to Fashion Technology Laboratory
  • Introductory Statistics (KMCR)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Principles of Microeconomics (KSS)
  • Fashion Fabrics
  • Fashion Fabrics Laboratory

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Fashion Apparel Analysis
  • Fashion Branding
  • Principles of Marketing

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Professional Seminar
  • Fashion Merchandise Planning and Buying
  • Fashion Forecasting

Minor Coursework and General Electives

Semester Six

  • Product Development in the Fashion Industry
  • Computer Applications in Retailing
  • Additional Major Elective

Minor Coursework and General Electives

Third Summer Term

  • Internship in Fashion Merchandising (ELR)

Semester Seven

  • Fashion Marketing
  • Textiles and Apparel in the Global Economy
  • Additional Major Elective

Minor Coursework and General Electives

Semester Eight

  • Seminar in Fashion Merchandising (WIC)
  • Additional Major Elective
  • Minor Coursework and General Electives

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Tuition fees

Undergraduate

  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year

Qualification

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand the fashion industry, fashion markets, fashion products, and services
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the fashion industry through reflective experiential learning.
  3. Apply integration of the key knowledge of various segments of industry from fiber to finished product, products/services, consumer markets, and technology in relation to the fashion industry.
  4. Articulate conceptual and critical thinking applicable to the fashion industry.
  5. Employ research processes and practices employed in the fashion industry.
  6. Demonstrate their professionalism and communication skills required in the fashion industry through visual, oral, and written forms.

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Kent State University

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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