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Merchandising (M.S.)

Make a unique, creative mark. Start a styling trend. Advance in the fashion industry. 

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The Master’s in Merchandising is a 36-credit-hour program. Choose a capstone from one of these options:

  • The practicum option involves a work experience in line with your degree and includes training, mentoring and networking opportunities.
  • The research project option requires independent study on a topic of your choice and a final design paper; you will benefit from regular contact with a faculty adviser who will offer guidance in and critique of your work.
  • The thesis option concludes with an overarching research project and requires a presentation to your thesis committee. Students pursuing the thesis option must be prepared to come to campus a minimum of three times throughout the process.
  • Students may also choose to pursue a course-only option by taking 36 credits of courses. All classes need to be approved by an adviser.

Coursework emphasizes current trends in the United States and the global marketplace. These factors will distinguish you from peers and prepare you for the creative energy of the industry. With retailing currently generating $4 trillion of the U.S. economy, merchandising offers ample opportunities for professional growth.

Certified for success. Career Opportunities: 

  • Department Manager

  • Assistant or Head Buyer

  • Product Marketing Director

  • Product Development

  • Visual Merchandising

  • Marketing Specialist

  • Brand Development


Providing access to the best opportunities.

GPIDEA PARTNERSHIP

This program is offered through SDSU's partnership with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Collaborative, multi-institutional online programs expand and diversify your educational opportunities. Courses led by instructors from partner universities and interactions with geographically-dispersed students will broaden your perceptions and knowledge. Learn more >>


"The courses that are required within the Master's of Merchandising program are 100% relevant to my job within the fashion industry. Also, since I work within the footwear sector of the industry, I am able to focus my studies on footwear specifically and further my knowledge of the current trends within this area."

DANIELLE GERMAIN, Online Student
Master's in Human Sciences - Merchandising


PROGRAM CONTACT

Jane Hegland
College of Education & Human Sciences
Phone: 605-688-5196
Email: jane.hegland@sdstate.edu

SDSU GPIDEA COORDINATOR 

Tracia Hogue
Phone: 605-688-4154
Email: sdsu.GPIDEA@sdstate.edu

SDSU CONTINUING & DISTANCE EDUCATION

Phone: 605-688-4154
Email: sdsu.distance@sdstate.edu
Web: sdstate.edu/online

SDSU GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Phone: 605-688-4181
Email: gradschl@sdstate.edu
Web: sdstate.edu/graduate