Master of Science Degree

If you want to make yourself a top candidate for the highest-level positions within an organization, a Master of Science in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies is an outstanding investment in your future, remaining a tremendous asset for steady advancement throughout your career.

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The department offers two concentrations for the Master of Science degree.
Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies

Master’s Thesis Concentration

This concentration includes a mix of face-to-face and online courses and requires a minimum of 30 hours with a thesis (24 hours of courses, 6 hours of thesis). Read more information on the required coursework for the thesis concentration.

Sample Courses:

CRS 620: Analysis of Apparel and Related Industries
Analysis of apparel and related industries from raw materials through consumption. Examination of production and marketing of products, technological developments, and domestic and global market strategies.

RCS 662: Behavior of Softlines Consumers
Study of environmental, individual and psychological influences on the behavior of consumers in the soft lines consumption process.

How to Apply

To apply, all you need to do is complete the application and include GRE scores*, three letters of support and a statement of interest, along with transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s).

Master’s Global Apparel Management Online Concentration

This concentration is entirely online and requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework with a capstone. Read more information on the required coursework for the Global Apparel Management concentration.

Sample Courses:

Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies
RCS 584: Retail Strategy
Investigation of retailing from a strategic perspective. Concepts are analyzed and integrated into applied problem-solving scenarios focused on consumer needs.

CRS 570: Apparel Brand Management
All aspects of managing an apparel brand portfolio, including creating and positioning the brand, establishing brand equity and differentiation, and providing a brand experience for global apparel consumers.

How to Apply

To apply, all you need to do is complete the application and include GRE scores*, three letters of support and a statement of interest, along with transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s).

* Beginning with fall 2015 applications for the MS program, the GRE requirement will be waived for applicants who meet the following criteria: (1) prior graduate degree in a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution, (2) member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, (3) admission into the Accelerated BS to MS degree program (ADP) in CARS, or (4) undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 and minimum of five years of relevant industry experience (as decided by the CARS Graduate Faculty on a case by case basis).