Southern New Hampshire University

Fashion Merchandising, Associate Degree

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    30756 USD/year
    Tuition fee
    30756 USD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
Combine your passion for trendsetting styles with a business-focused education that will be an asset in any industry with SNHU's fashion merchandising major. The AS in Fashion Merchandising offered by the Southern New Hampshire University, with its focus on the application of retailing and fashion merchandising theory to the fashion industry, could be the start to a rewarding career in fashion.


See Yourself Succeed in Fashion Merchandising

Earn your associate's degree in fashion merchandising on campus and take courses in design and color theory, textiles, retailing and marketing. Our undergraduate fashion merchandising major prepares students for entry-level careers as assistant buyers, visual merchandisers, sales representatives and vendor-relations specialists in retail or wholesale settings.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your AS in Fashion Merchandising at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students with GPAs of 2.5 and higher could receive up to $18,000 in grants and scholarships
  • Innovative programs. Save time and tuition with our three-year degree programs or study abroad at little or no extra cost
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H., named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

Internships & Outcomes

Fashion merchandising careers are available across the United States, in both large cities and small towns. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment among first-line supervisors and managers in the clothing, accessory and general merchandise store category is expected to grow 17 percent through 2020. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many retailers prefer to hire people with associate's or bachelor's degrees in marketing, merchandising or business as management trainees or assistant managers.Fashion merchandising majors are prepared to seek employment opportunities as:

  • Buyers
  • Sales managers
  • Retail operations managers
  • Merchandisers
  • Retail promotions specialists
  • Vendor-relations specialists

The AS in Fashion Merchandising from Southern New Hampshire University provides students with professional experience gained through a required cooperative education program, completed between the student's first and second year or during the first semester of the second year of the program.

Employers who have hired SNHU fashion merchandising student interns and graduates include:

  • Coach
  • Timberland
  • Reebok International
  • Jessica McClintock
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Macy's
  • Saks
Students may also pursue international cooperative education opportunities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • College Composition I
  • Sophomore Seminar
  • Fashion Merchandising Internship
  • Basic Design and Color Theory
  • Introduction to Fashion Merchandising
  • Textiles and Color Theory
  • Merchandise Planning
For more information, please check the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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).

Freshman Application Guidelines

As we look at your application, our first consideration is your academic background. We also look for well-rounded students who have a variety of interests and have been involved in school and/or community activities.

Most candidates admitted to SNHU have completed 16 college-prep courses, including:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or more years of mathematics
  • Two or more years of science
  • Two or more years of social science

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    30756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30756 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    30756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30756 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Manchester

410 - 1,550 USD/month
Living Costs

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


SNHU offers several types of grant and scholarship programs to full-time undergraduate day students. This year we're increasing our aid so that students with GPAs of 2.5 and higher could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. Most of our degree-seeking students receive some form of financial assistance.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.