Admission Requirements

Individuals possessing a baccalaureate degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission to the Master’s program. Applicants are evaluated based on numerous factors including previous college coursework; Graduate Record Examination scores; letters of recommendation; and personal statement. The personal statement describes the applicant’s goals and reasons for applying to the graduate program.

  • The applicant must complete the online graduate admission application.
  • The applicant must submit a $50.00 application fee.
  • The applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Applicants must have an overall undergraduate quality point average (QPA) of at least 2.70 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Applicants must have a competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.
  • Applicants must submit official test score reports for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which includes verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or colleagues, submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
  • Applicants must submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities and career plans.

Effective as of the 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The program requires a total of 11-course credits: five (5) core course credits, four (4) “choose” elective course credits, and one capstone experience as either a two (2) semester sequence thesis (one course credit each) or a two (2) semester sequence practicum (one course-credit each). Some students may also be required to complete undergraduate prerequisite courses as required for those without appropriate academic backgrounds.

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses (equivalent to the following FSU courses):

*If an applicant has had an undergraduate course in merchandising and retailing, or experience in the field, this prerequisite course may be waived.

Application Deadline

Admissions are on a rolling basis; however, individuals seeking admission for the fall semester should have a completed application on file by July 1st or for the spring semester by December 1st. Applications received or completed after these dates cannot be guaranteed timely matriculation.

Fashion Student

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Master of Science Concentration in Merchandising program, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate corporate business triple bottom line concept practices: social (people) environmental (planet), and economic (profit) problems including corporations, U.S. trade policies, and agreements.

  • Analyze technologies as they influence sales, management, communication, advertising, and promotion related to organizational philosophy, store image, budgeting goals, and target markets.

  • Develop problem-solving, relationship-building, management, and career development techniques.

  • Complete a practicum or thesis demonstrating knowledge, and evaluation, using retailing strategies, concepts, theories, and techniques learned in the program.

Meet Your Faculty

Ellen Terron

Visiting Lecturer, Fashion Design & Retailing Department

Irene M. Foster

Professor Emerita, Fashion Design & Retailing Department and Program Coordinator and Advisor, Professor, M.S. - Merchandising

Pamela Sebor-Cable

Associate Professor, Fashion Design & Retailing Department

Haewon Ju

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Fashion Design & Retailing Department

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