New Innovative Paris/New York Master’s Degree Program in Global Fashion Merchandising Launches

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May 21, 2018 — Marist College has announced the launch of a new program: the Master of Science degree in Global Fashion Merchandising. The program has been created in partnership with Mod-Spe Paris, a fashion business school, and will begin in fall 2019. To apply, visit the program website

The program is the first-of-its-kind, with students spending the majority of their time in Paris. 

The 36-credit program is designed both for undergraduates with backgrounds in fashion, business, marketing, communications or other related fields and for fashion industry professionals. The program is fast paced: students will spend the fall semester in Paris; return to New York for a winter intersession at the Marist main campus for an executive seminar series; go back to Paris for the spring semester; and complete a summer capstone project. The curriculum will include mega-trend analysis, supply chain management, global business policy, fashion analytics and technology, and social responsibility. 

The program is also notable for its structure which calls for completion within one calendar year.

“Increasingly the fashion industry is looking for more highly educated professionals and this program is responding to that shift,” said Radley Cramer, Director of the Marist Fashion Program. “It’s unlike any other program currently being offered, and really extends what Marist offers in fashion education. Mod-Spe is a leading fashion business school and this partnership offers the opportunity for students to expand their global awareness and readiness to work in a rapidly changing industry.” 

A graduate level course of study is also a natural next step for the Marist Fashion Program, which has been ranked as one of the top 50 global fashion programs by Business of Fashion and one of the top 25 fashion schools in the world by CEOWorld magazine. 


About Marist 

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 381 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (9th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.