Graduate Programs

Our graduate-level programs are competitive and in high demand. You will be, too.

CARS Graudate StudentsThe CARS graduate program creates leaders for the apparel industry and business professionals who are in demand. If your vision is to apply your interest in fashion to a career that will challenge and reward you, CARS will provide the academic, experiential and networking preparation you’ll need to reach your goal. Our graduates currently work as merchandisers, marketers, buyers, and product developers for organizations large and small across North Carolina and the globe. In addition, our program has a large international enrollment, particularly at the doctoral level. Students come from Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, India, South America and Canada. Their world perspective becomes part of classroom learning and discussion and is just one way we foster your global outlook on the industry.

CARS offers graduate programs leading to a post-baccalaureate certificate, a master of science degree, and a doctor of philosophy degree. Courses focus on consumer, apparel and retail issues with emphasis on consumer behavior, marketing and product development. You’ll also have the opportunity to select supporting coursework in related disciplines such as business, sociology, anthropology and statistics.

Group of Graduate Students at Conference in New OrleansOur graduate-level programs are competitive and in high demand, but our faculty create an environment that is both challenging and supportive. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our close-knit community of learners. Click here to start your application now. We look forward to learning about you and sharing more about the CARS program with you.

Current students click here to access Graduate School forms.  Forms not located on their website are available in paper form in the CARS Office, 210 Stone.  Click here for the CARS Graduate Student Handbook.

Accelerated BS to MS Degree Program

Are you an undergraduate student currently majoring in CARS? Are you interested in earning credits toward a graduate degree while completing your bachelor’s? Do you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then consider the Accelerated BS to MS Degree Program (ADP) in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies. With just an additional semester or two, you will graduate with an advanced degree in hand. Take the next steps to apply and be considered for the program:Graduate student asking questions at Industry Summit

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 hours earned at UNCG is required.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 60 semester credits and may not apply for admission to the ADP before the first semester of the junior year.
  • All applicants must submit the Request for Accelerated Degree Program to the Graduate School and must simultaneously apply for admission to the graduate degree program.

Click here to find out more information about the CARS ADP.

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