Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, MPS

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Fall 2024
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Students in LIM College’s on-campus Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management degree program learn how to become leaders in the business of fashion by developing an advanced practical understanding of consumer preferences, demands, and shopping behavior.

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Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management Program Overview

The MPS in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management program is a 30-credit, one-year graduate program that teaches students how to source and develop products, create financial plans, and translate consumer insights into effective merchandising strategies.

Graduates develop skills in fashion buying and retail planning, operations, and metrics. Specializations are available in Product Development and Sourcing, Buying and Operations Management, Sustainability in Fashion, and Fashion and Lifestyle. 

Curriculum & Careers

Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management courses focus on the development of skills that fashion business employers are looking for in management-level employees, and our fashion merchandising curriculum continually evolves to keep pace with industry trends. 

Key courses include:

  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fashion Retail Management
  • Merchandising Metrics
  • Product Development in Fashion
  • Technology in Fashion Merchandising and Management

You can also opt to complete LIM’s graduate Career Success Track, which consists of three required internship or career seminar courses.

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Starting in Fall 2024, master’s in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management degree students can select from one of four specializations:

  • Buying and Operations Management (on campus): Gain expertise in product selection, inventory management, store management, pricing, and promotion.
  • Fashion and Lifestyle (on campus or online): Develop a deeper understanding of consumer behavior, merchandising, licensing, supply chains, and project management.
  • Product Development and Sourcing (on campus): Acquire a specialized skill set in vendor management, textile sciences, trend analysis, quality management, and negotiation.  
  • Sustainability in Fashion (on campus): Learn how to make the fashion industry more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

A key component of our fashion merchandising master’s program is the opportunity to complete an internship within the fashion business. 

Graduates of the program have interned with many prominent companies, including, but not limited to:

  • Nike
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Rebecca Minkoff
  • Salvatore Ferragamo
  • Valentino

You can also choose to complete the Career Success Track*, which consists of three required internship courses across consecutive semesters that provide you with real-world skills, knowledge, and experience to help attain your career goals.

*Additional tuition charge applies

Graduate Internships  Career Development Resources

With a Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management degree, you can pursue various professional roles throughout the business of fashion and help position yourself for career growth and advancement. 

Potential areas of focus include:

  • Buying
  • Demand Planning
  • Licensing
  • Product Development
  • Merchandising
  • Sourcing
  • Wholesale or Retail Operations

Fashion Merchandising Career Pathway  Life After LIM

Why Study Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management at LIM

The global fashion market is expected to reach a value of over $2.25 trillion by 2030. With strong connections to major industry players, a location in New York City, the center of the fashion world, faculty who are themselves industry professionals, and an alumni network that spans the business of fashion, LIM Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management students enjoy an unmatched learning environment and have countless opportunities to make connections that matter.

Our students don’t just learn about the industry; they become immersed in it through a variety of opportunities for resume-building experience that helps them stand out among other aspiring professionals with a master’s in fashion merchandising.

International students in this program may apply to do Curricular Practical training (CPT) starting in their first semester. Students must enroll in the Career Success Track to apply for first semester CPT and an additional tuition charge applies.

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Students in this program gain practical and theoretical knowledge in merchandising and retail, with an emphasis on consumer insights, product development, branding, and more.

LIM & the Fashion Industry

LIM College is exclusively focused on the business of fashion and lifestyle. We provide inside access to aspects of the fashion industry that so many other schools simply cannot offer.

LIM's Marcuse School of Graduate Studies is highly regarded for the quality of its business education and has longstanding connections throughout the fashion industry. As a result, Fashion Merchandising and Management students have access to top industry professionals and leading companies. 

Working closely with our industry-expert faculty, LIM students benefit from their professors’ knowledge and firsthand experience, establishing critical professional connections that can last a lifetime.

Student Life & Support Services

In addition to lifetime career services and myriad professional development opportunities, LIM students can take advantage of a range of academic resources and counseling services. 

With a variety of student clubs and organizations and other campus activities, we foster an active and diverse community of ambitious students and professionals.

Explore support services and student life at LIM.

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Earn an MPS in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management at LIM College

Get on the path to an executive position in the fashion business by earning a Master of Professional Studies degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management at LIM College.

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