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Fashion Merchandising, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Kent, OH, United States
The Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising  from the Kent State University allows for students to acquire a thorough background in the business aspects of the fashion industry, whereby they develop competencies in fashion theory, retail operations, management and buying, fashion forecasting and promotion.
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Students participate in a study abroad/away experience, which includes opportunities to study for a semester in New York City and Florence, Italy, as well as through collaborative partnership programs with the Paris American Academy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Regent's University in London.

In addition, students in the Fashion Merchandising major have the opportunity to enroll in the combined degree program with the Master of Business Administration degree. The combined B.S./M.B.A. degree program allows high-achieving undergraduate students early admission into graduate school. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this Fashion Merchandising  program from the Kent State University  will be able to:

  • Understand the fashion industry, fashion markets, fashion products, and services
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the fashion industry through reflective experiential learning.
  • Apply integration of the key knowledge of various segments of industry from fiber to finished product, products/services, consumer markets, and technology in relation to the fashion industry.
  • Articulate conceptual and critical thinking applicable to the fashion industry.
  • Employ research processes and practices employed in the fashion industry.
  • Demonstrate their professionalism and communication skills required in the fashion industry through visual, oral, and written forms.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Fashion Fundamentals
  • Fashion Visuals
  • Fashion Visuals Laboratory
  • Fashion Fabrics
  • Fashion Fabrics Laboratory
  • Introduction to Fashion Technology
  • Introduction to Fashion Technology Laboratory
  • Fashion Apparel Analysis
  • Fashion Retail Industry
  • Fashion Branding
  • Professional Seminar
  • Product Development in the Fashion Industry
  • Fashion Merchandising Planning and Buying
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Computer Applications in Retailing
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Seminar in Fashion Merchandising
  • Textiles and Apparel in the Global Economy
  • Internship in Fashion Merchandising

English Language Requirements

  • 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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

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

  • Admission to the Fashion Merchandising major is selective. Prospective applicants must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); and a minimum 21 ACT composite score or a minimum 1060 SAT score. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20007 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20007 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20007 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20007 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11131 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11131 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kent

  • 1036 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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