Design and Merchandising (M.S.) – Apparel and Merchandising Specialization


The master’s degree in design and merchandising with a specialization in apparel and merchandising provides a focus on scientific discovery and creative scholarship grounded in sustainability, health and wellness, and social responsibility. You will have an opportunity to learn about and conduct research in diverse fields of the discipline including apparel design and production, consumer behavior, historic costume and textiles, merchandising, product development, social-psychological and cultural aspects of dress, and textile science supporting well-being.

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

Areas of Study

  • Apparel and merchandising
  • Apparel and textile design
  • Apparel production
  • Computer aided design/multimedia
  • Computer applications in merchandising
  • Consumer behavior
  • Design for special groups
  • Design process and theory
  • Global and cross-cultural perspectives
  • Historic costume and textiles
  • Merchandising
  • Product development
  • Small business development
  • Social, psychological, and cultural aspects of dress/appearance
  • Textile science
  • Visual merchandising

Next Steps

Western Regional Graduate Program

As an eligible resident of a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) member state or territory, you may be admitted to the on-campus format of this program, yet pay resident tuition rates. Only on-campus formats are WRGP eligible. Visit our WRGP webpage to learn about eligibility and the application process.


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

Financial Aid