Fashion Industry Studies - M.F.I.S.
School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
226 Rockwell Hall
The Master of Fashion Industry Studies degree in Fashion Industry Studies robustly addresses the highly interdisciplinary character of practice within fashion as a product-driven industry with a unique set of parameters that transverse many traditional academic boundaries.
Fashion Industry Studies is an initial master's level degree for the academic advancement of students to engage in learning and experiences applicable to the fashion industry. The degree program prepares professionals who intentionally use cross-disciplinary and applied research methods to address complex issues derived from the industry setting and provide impactful research-based solutions for the fashion industry.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university1 for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission (effective fall 2021, students will be required to have a minimum 3.300 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale)
- Official transcripts(s)
- GRE or GMAT scores if GPA is below 3.000 for conditional admissions (effective fall 2021, GRE or GMAT scores will be required if GPA is below a 3.300)
- Goal statement (maximum 500 words) relating career/academic goals and research interests as they relate to critical issue(s) the applicant has identified in current fashion industry practice (effective fall 2021, the maximum word count will increase, from 500 to 1000)
- Supportive materials that demonstrate research and writing capabilities (e.g., significant term paper, research project report, and/or visual portfolio with minimum 5-10 examples of work in any media documenting design process)
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 82 MELAB score
- Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 65 PTE score
- Minimum 120 Duolingo test score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Students who are expecting to pursue coursework or thesis research in a design topic are required to possess a bachelor's degree in fashion design OR a bachelor's degree in a related field and substantial employment experience (minimum two years) in the fashion industry.
|FDM 60011||THE FASHION INDUSTRY: A UNIFYING LENS||3|
|FDM 60031||RESEARCH METHODS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY||3|
|FDM 60092||FASHION INDUSTRY PRACTICUM||3|
|FDM 60100||ADVANCED FASHION INDUSTRY PRACTICE||3|
|FDM 60199||THESIS I 1||6|
|Fashion Elective from Cognate Area||3|
|Fashion Electives, choose from the following:||9|
|GLOBAL CONSUMERS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY|
|FASHION PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT|
|TECHSTYLELAB: DIGITAL DESIGN AND NEW MEDIA IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY|
|WORKSHOPS ON CURRENT TOPICS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY|
|RESEARCH PROJECT IN FASHION INDUSTRY|
|ADVANCED FASHION INDUSTRY DESIGN AND PRODUCTION|
|FASHION BRAND MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING|
|SUSTAINABLE CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY|
|FASHION INDUSTRY MERCHANDISE MANAGEMENT|
|ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY|
|SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY|
|FASHION INDUSTRY SPECIAL TOPICS|
|INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||30|
To earn the M.F.I.S. degree, each student must complete a written thesis accompanied by a visual presentation/representation that is successfully defended and approved by a committee of faculty with feedback from an industry partner. The thesis must demonstrate an innovative and pragmatic research-based solution applicable to the fashion industry.
- Students in the M.F.I.S. degree are required to complete 24 credit hours of graded graduate coursework and a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis.
- Students without a fashion background may be required to complete foundational coursework, FDM 10033 and FDM 10034 concurrently during the first semester, and either FDM 30260 or FDM 30262. Students must complete these courses within the first 18 credit hours of graduate study. These undergraduate credit hours are in addition to the 30 graduate credit hours required for the M.F.I.S. degree.