Design and Merchandising (M.S.)


The Department of Design and Merchandising is well known for its commitment to social responsibility and sustainability, its infusion of current technologies, and research based design. This program emphasizes the development of research skills needed to address problems in the apparel and merchandising and interior design disciplines.

Master of Science (MS) in Design and Merchandising

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
  • Historical interiors and decorative arts
  • Housing
  • Interior Design
  • Interior design education
  • Merchandising
  • Product development
  • Small business development
  • Social, psychological, and cultural aspects of dress/appearance
  • Textile science
  • Visual merchandising

Next Steps

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Master of Science (MS) in Design and Merchandising is part of the WICHE – Western Regional Graduate Program exchange. 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