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Admission Criteria for M.S. in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology

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.

  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 semester hours in fashion merchandising and design or a closely related area; equivalent work experience may be considered in place of semester hours.
  • Complete and submit the electronic graduate program application located on the left side of the screen at
  • 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. Specifically, letters should include information on the applicant’s:
    • foundational background in fashion merchandising and design
    • ability to succeed in this technologically advanced program
    • written and verbal communication skills

The letters may be mailed to Candace Maylee, 128A Wightman Hall, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 or submitted electronically to or 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. 

  • Official transcripts sent from each university attended (other than CMU).
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work .
  • 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. (This statement replaces item #26 on the application.) 
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • If applying to the  accelerated/dual degree program, applicants must also submit the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program Application.

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Graduate Assistantship
Application for a Graduate Assistantship is optional. Applicants applying for a graduate assistantship must complete and submit the Graduate Assistantship Application electronically to or as an attachment by the admission deadline.

Conditional Admission

Per university policy, conditional admission may be considered for applicants with background or grade point average deficiencies. Undergraduate courses taken to make up admission deficiencies cannot be counted toward graduate degree requirements. Regular admission status should be requested upon completion of all deficiencies.

Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis. However, early submission of application materials is strongly recommended. Once all of the application materials are received, please allow approximately six weeks for processing.
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