Program Description

In the two-year master's degree program in apparel product development and merchandising technology you'll gain hands-on experience working on the cutting edge of fashion. Through a creative and collaborative approach to the study of apparel and textiles, the primary goal is to provide students with top-notch research experiences – from concept development to retail distribution using advanced knowledge and creativity in design, production, merchandising and technology.

Graduates will be prepared for executive-level positions in apparel and textile product development and merchandising, CAD technology, industry research and development and careers in higher education and government. This program also is appropriate for individuals seeking further graduate study at the doctorate level.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Students in the apparel product development and merchandising program will have the opportunity for course work and hands-on experiences offered in state-of-the-art facilities, including computer-aided design laboratory, textile testing laboratory, apparel production laboratory and visual merchandising laboratory. CMU is the only university in Michigan to have 3-D body scanner capability, to use infrared thermography, and to design for specific environmental temperatures and humidity levels with an environmental chamber. CMU also is the first public university in the midwest with a MakerBot 3-D Printing Innovation Center.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the apparel product development and merchandising technology program requires:

  • successful completion of a bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in fashion merchandising and design (equivalent work experience considered in place of 12 semester hours);
  • a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work;
  • three letters of recommendation, including two from faculty. If it is not possible to obtain faculty recommendations, references should be from professionals who can address your capacity to succeed as a graduate student; and
  • a two- to four-page typed, double-spaced essay that describes how previous experiences and training have prepared and led you to pursue this degree and identifies likely professional goals and how graduate training can help accomplish these goals.

Application deadline dates are March 1 for fall admission and Aug. 1 for spring admission. Complete application materials must be received by the date indicated.

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Career Outlook

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Seung-Eun (Joy) Lee, Ph.D.
APDMT Graduate Program Coordinator
Fashion Merchandising and Design
Wightman Hall 212