Master’s programs

Graduate studies in apparel, merchandising, and design extends your knowledge and research beyond the basics to take a close look at industry-wide issues, such as outsourcing, sustainability, and customer buying behavior. This program also gives you many opportunities to present and publish research alongside world-renown faculty members.

The apparel, merchandising, and design department offers two master’s programs:

  • Master’s of Science
  • Non-thesis Master’s of Science – for graduate students interested in careers in museums, cooperative extension, or business and industry positions.

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General requirements

Visit the ISU Graduate College site for application requirements.

Find your 500 and 600 level courses along with course descriptions in the online catalog.

Scholarships and graduate teaching/research assistantships are available for on-campus students. Assistantship applications are sent to students who are eligible to apply once the student has been admitted into the program.

M.S. requirements

Go to the heading “Program for Master’s of Science (MS) Degree in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design.” For the AMD Master’s of Science degree, a minimum of 30 credits is required.

The credits are divided into three groups:

Group 1: includes an introductory course to graduate study in apparel, merchandising, and design  plus courses in research methods and statistics. Included in this group are the 6-7 credits for the required research projects, which the student reports in thesis form.

Group 2: includes the major course work in apparel, merchandising, and design.

Group 3: includes a minimum of 2 courses taken in related disciplines outside apparel, merchandising, and design.

Choice of courses depends on the student’s background, goals, and research topic. The program is planned by the student and the Program of Study (POS) Committee.

M.S. non-thesis requirements

Iowa State University (ISU) offers a distance (hybrid) Master’s in apparel, merchandising, and design for working professionals. In the hybrid distance program, award-winning ISU faculty prepare you to succeed as a professional in industry, museums, or academia.

This hybrid distance program features one or two short on-campus summer coursework sessions (that help meet the residency requirement). Other credits can be done at a distance.

Refer to the AESHM Student Handbook for curriculum requirements. Go to the page “Program for Non-thesis degree in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design.” 

Find your 500 and 600 level courses along with course descriptions in the online catalog.

Contact the Director of Graduate Education (DOGE) for apparel, merchandising, and design with any questions.

Ann Marie Fiore, Ph.D
1062 LeBaron Hall