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Select the Accelerated Admission or Regular Admission links below to review the guidelines for admission to each program.

Accelerated Admission
Regular Admission
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Accelerated Admission

Five years. Two degrees. One program.

If you're a Fashion Merchandising and Design major pursuing a bachelor of arts, bachelor of applied arts or a bachelor of science degree, you can apply 12 hours of graduate work toward both a bachelor's and master's degree.

The Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology (APDMT) accelerated master's degree prepares graduates for great jobs in the fashion industry, as well as for careers in higher education and government.

Why the rush?

  • Our graduates find expanded career and salary opportunities.
  • The dual-degree program allows you to begin a career or doctoral program one year sooner.
  • You quickly gain fashion industry-coveted skills by working with cutting-edge technology. 

For admission requirements, applicants must:

  • Be within 30 credit hours of graduation
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.3, or a 3.3 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Complete all university requirements
  • Have a signed Fashion Merchandising and Design major on a B.S., B.A. or B.A.A. degree

The following application materials are required:

  • Graduate program application available at apply.cmich.edu.
  • Accelerated Master's Degree Program Application
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from faculty. The third letter may be from another faculty, or from a professional who can address your capacity to succeed as a graduate student. 
  • Official transcripts sent from each university attended (other than CMU).
  • A 2-4 page, typed, double-spaced essay that (Part I) describes how previous experiences and training have prepared and led the applicant to pursue a Master of Science degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology (APDMT) and (Part II) identifies likely professional goals and how graduate training can help accomplish these goals.
  •  Non-refundable application fee.

Program of Study

Students must be fully admitted to the accelerated program prior to beginning classes that are expected to be counted towards both degrees. During their first semester of enrollment, students may take one 600-level course and one 500-level course to be counted towards both degrees. During the second semester of enrollment, students may take one 600-level course and one 500-level course OR two 600-level courses to be counted towards both degrees.

Retention Standards

Upon admittance into the Accelerated Masters Degree Program (AMDP), students have the responsibility of continuing the completion of all course requirements for the university program and for their majors and minors on their bachelor's degree. Upon matriculation into the AMDP, an overall GPA of at least 3.0 is required throughout the graduate curriculum.

Regular Admission

For admission requirements, applicants must:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework in fashion merchandising and design or closely related area. Students accepted for the M.S. program who lack supporting course work generally are required to make up these deficiencies by taking undergraduate course work in fashion merchandising and design. Equivalent work experience in the field may be counted as sup-porting coursework toward minimum admission requirements.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.


The following application materials are required:

  1. Submission of the CMU application form for admission to the Graduate School, found at https://apply.cmich.edu/.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, including two from faculty. If it is not possible to obtain faculty references, references should be from professionals who can address your capacity to succeed as a graduate student. The letters may be mailed to Candace Maylee, 128A Wightman Hall, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 or submitted electronically to mayle1ce@cmich.edu orlee6s@cmich.edu as an attachment. The letters must be signed and printed on letterhead from the recommender's university or company, and include the recommender's contact information.
  3. One official transcript (with institution's seal) sent directly from each institution attended.
  4. A 2-4 page, typed, double-spaced essay that (Part I) describes how previous experiences and training have prepared and led the applicant to pursue a Master of Science degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology (APDMT) and (Part II) identifies likely professional goals and how graduate training can help accomplish these goals.
  5. Non-refundable application fee.


Application deadline dates:

  • March 1 for Fall admission
  • August 1 for Spring admission

Complete application materials must be received by the date indicated. Applicants interested in being considered for a graduate assistantship should apply for admission by the deadline. Late applications may not be considered for a graduate assistantship.

International Students

Application guidelines for international students may be found on the College of Graduate Studies web site.


Contact Us

Seung-Eun (Joy) Lee
 989-774-2035
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Candace Maylee
 989-774-2613
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