Apparel Merchandising & Product Development

The Apparel Merchandising and Product Development (AMPD) concentration in the School of Human Environmental Sciences provides opportunities for advanced study of learning both theoretical knowledge and applications in textiles, apparel production, and merchandising. Students are prepared for a career in both academia and the apparel industry with outstanding competencies in quality assurance, product development, retail buying, merchandising, store operations, and brand management. The faculty bring expertise in the areas mentioned above within the textile and apparel complex. .

AMPD 5003: Advanced Apparel Studies in Global Economy

AMPD 5013: Advanced Apparel Pattern Design

AMPD 5023: Social, Psychological & Cultural Aspects of Dress

AMPD 5033: Issues and Trends in Textile Studies

AMPD 5043: Theories & Practices in Apparel Merchandising

All core courses are offered online.

Other courses are available to fill these requirements. An advisor will recommend the best courses to meet your professional goals and degree requirements.

Graduate-level Statistics Courses (3 hours required): 

EDFD 6403: Education Statistics & Data Processing

ESRM 5393: Statistics in Education & Health Professions

ESRM 6403: Educational Statistics & Data Processing

AGST 4023: Principles of Experimentation*

PLSC 5913: Research Methods in Political Science

STAT 4003: Statistics Methods

STAT 4001L: Statistics Methods Laboratory

*offered online

Research Methods Courses (3 hours required):

HESC 5463/AGED 5463 Research Methodology in Social Sciences

A graduate level statistics course is a prerequisite to this course.

Because our students are often working professionals with busy lifestyles, we offer 2 flexible options for completing this degree:

Thesis Track:

  • On campus
  • 30 hours total
  • 12-15 hours AMPD core courses
  • 3 hours statistics
  • 3 hours research methods
  • 3-6 hours elective
  • 6 hours thesis & defense to pass program

Non-Thesis Track:

  • Available 100% online
  • 33 hours
  • 15 hours AMPD core classes
  • 3 hours statistics
  • 3 hours research methods
  • 12 hours elective
  • Oral and written exam to pass program

Program Contact:

Kathleen R. Smith, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, HESC

Zola Moon, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator

Program at a Glance

Available to complete 100% online, on campus, or a combination

2-3 year program completion, depending on student pace

GRE or MAT required, no minimum score

Students can enroll in fall, spring or summer

A cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher for graduation

Non-thesis option is not available to students on assistantship

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