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.
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.