Master of Science Degree

While undergraduates from our program have a high rate of placement upon graduation, a master’s degree is a tremendous asset for steady advancement throughout your career. 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. CARS offers two concentrations for the Master of Science degree.

MS Thesis concentration
Graduate Students Presenting at ITAA ConferenceThis 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).

Sample courses include:

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 behavior of consumers in the softlines 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).

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Click here to see the required MS Thesis coursework.

MS Global Apparel Management online concentration

Group of CARS Graduate StudentsThis concentration is entirely online and requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework with a capstone.

Sample courses include:

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).

Click here to get started on an application.

Click here to see the required MS Global Apparel Management coursework.

 

* 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).

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