About the Program

About the APDMT Program

Students who pursue a master’s degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology (APDMT) follow a flexible program that meets a variety of career needs in the vast apparel and textile industries. Consider key features distinguishing this CMU program:

  • Course work and hands-on experiences offered in state-of-the-art facilities, including computer-aided design (CAD) laboratories, textile testing laboratory, and apparel production laboratory
  • The only university in the midwest 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
  • Faculty with multidisciplinary and collaborative research expertise

The textile and apparel industry is in the midst of a technological revolution that is destined to change the way consumers shop for apparel and textile products, the way these products are designed and manufactured, and their ultimate end use. Using the advanced resources available at CMU, graduates of this program will be leaders in shaping the inevitable changes coming to the textile and apparel industry.

CMU’s apparel technology and state-of-the-art equipment and software includes:
  • Human Solutions VITUS/Smart 3-D Body Scanner
  • FLIR Systems ThermoVision A20M Infrared Imaging System
  • Environmental Chamber
  • Instron Textile Tester
  • Lectra Systems: Kaledo, Mikalis (PDM), FitNet, Modaris
  • Adobe Software: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator 
  • Customized Newton Thermal Maniken
  • Guarded Sweating Hot Plate
  • Physiological Monitoring and Biofeedback System
The faculty in this program will help you to select coursework and learning experiences that meet your career needs and help to advance knowledge in apparel and textiles.


The Master of Science Degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology is housed in the Department of Human Environmental Studies (HEV). The program's mission is to prepare graduates 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. Creative solutions, real world applications and leading edge technology will be emphasized at all instructional levels. 

Program Objectives

  • 1. Provide graduate students with advanced coursework emphasizing leading edge technology and innovation in apparel design and merchandising
  • 2. Provide graduates students with the opportunity to conduct research related to product design and development
  • 3. Prepare graduates to use a variety of creative approaches to problem solving
  • 4. Prepare graduates on how to:
         a. assess consumer needs
         b. develop product specifications
         c. analyze garment fit
         d. evaluate apparel product solutions
  • 5. Prepare graduates on how to develop, promote, and publish materials for a variety of audiences
  • 6. Prepare graduates with advanced expertise in apparel design and merchandising through an industry internship (Internship Option students only) 

Department of Human Environmental Studies

HEV departmental programs use the human ecosystem as a frame of reference which provides a conceptual perspective on the interplay of the human behavioral, constructed, and natural environments. Our programs are designed to contribute to individual and family well-being across the lifespan by focusing on the functional, aesthetic, psychosocial, nutritional, and economic aspects of the human ecosystem.
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