Taught by an international faculty and working professionals in the field of fashion, this 36-credit, M.S. degree will expose students to the most current best practices in merchandising, social media and communication, supply chain management, logistics and brand management.
This advanced degree program offers study in two fashion capitals – Paris and New York – exposing students to the newest advances in fashion brand creation, development, management, and growth. Guest lectures by industry professionals, visits to international trade shows and events, and trend-influencing neighborhoods and museum exhibits will widen the students' global awareness and readiness to create proactive responses to the rapidly changing fashion industry.
Program Curriculum and Sequence
Fall Semester (August-December) in Paris:
- Mega-Trend Analysis
- Supply Chain Management
- Global Business Policy in Textiles & Apparel
- Global Consumer Behavior
- Brand Environment
Winter Intersession (early January) in New York
Course study will be based on the Poughkeepsie, NY campus
Spring Semester Executive Seminar Series (mid-January-May) in Paris:
- Retail Universe
- Fashion Analytics & Technology
- Profitability & Strategic Planning
- Social Responsibility
- Multi-Channel Communication
Summer Capstone Multi-Channel Communication (May-completion no later than the end of August)
- Capstone Project
The Master of Science degree requires completion of 36 credit hours, comprising at least 15 hours of 500 to 600-level courses, including the master's capstone project. No more than 6 credits may be transferred toward the degree. Only grades of B or better will be accepted and students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). This degree program has a single start date of late August each year and degree completion, including defense of the capstone project, should be completed by the end of the following July, and absolutely no later than the end of the following August. The capstone project may be completed in Paris or New York, as well as many other global fashion capitals, including London, Florence or Hong Kong and other destinations, pending permission from the graduate degree program director. The project is to be presented and defended to a jury of faculty and industry professionals.