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Apparel, Merchandising and Design, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Ames, IA, United States
The Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program at Iowa State University offers students a broad understanding of textile and apparel products, merchandising and marketing strategies, technical and creative design, product development, production processes, and business practices leading to a wide range of careers at state, national, and international levels in business and industry.
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Courses in the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program at Iowa State University provide scientific, technical, and humanistic knowledge about textiles, apparel, and related products basic to career preparation.  Courses also provide knowledge applicable to the development and use of apparel and textile products by individuals, families, and institutions.  

The program provides a foundation for graduate study.  Graduates understand the production, distribution, and use of textiles and apparel, aesthetic expression, and communication.  They are prepared to plan, develop, source and present textile and apparel products to meet the needs of consumers.  

Students understand the issues involved in textile and apparel production and marketing, both nationally and internationally.  Graduates appreciate the interdependence of nations and cultures as producers and consumers of textile products.

An option in merchandising prepares students for the planning, development, and presentation of market-oriented product lines and events.  

Career opportunities 

  • product development
  • sourcing, buying
  • promotion, and management in both manufacturing and retailing sectors with a focus on the textile and apparel industry.  

An option in creative and technical design is appropriate for those interested in the aesthetic and creative aspects of design, product or line development, promotion of textiles and apparel, technical design, apparel engineering, product development, sourcing, and quality assurance. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Iowa State University operates on a rolling admissions basis.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business Communication
  • Proposal and Report Writing
  • Technical Communication
  • Digital Textile Printing for Apparel Design
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Retail Merchandising

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • English proficiency exam
  • Transcripts of all high schools or universities attended
  • Iowa State financial statement
  • Bank statement or sponsor letter showing one year’s expenses
  • Copy of passport/visa

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24862 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12431 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    23230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11615 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4021 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Ames

  • 1158 - 1800 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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