Fashion Design & Merchandising

This program is designed to provide students with an understanding of fashion and textile industries, consumer behavior, product development, business principles, and technology applications.


Students concentrate in one of two areas

Design and Product Development

Design and Product Development emphasizes the total design and production process from inception to finished product and its ultimate sale to the consumer. Specialized labs and industry software provide students with extensive hands-on experience in the latest design, product development, and fashion retailing technology applications.


Merchandising combines an overview of the fashion industry, consumer behavior, product development, planning, buying business operations and entrepreneurship.



Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application (16/17).

Scholarship deadline is March 1, 2017.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.


  • Fashion, Costume, Accessory, or Technical Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Retail Buyer / Analyst
  • Merchadise Manager
  • Store Manager or Business Owner
  • Visual Merchandiser / In-Store Display
  • Area Sales Manager
  • Manufacturer's Representative
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Consultant / Stylist
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Textile Scientist
  • Apparel Manufacturer
  • E-Commerce Business Owner
  • Extension Specialist or Agent
  • Professor, Instructor, or Teacher

Study Abroad

Each summer FDM faculty lead intensive study abroad tours to New York, London, Paris, Milan, Florence, Rome, and/or Venice. These unique learning opportunities allow students to experience different cultures while building their personal global network with fashion industry professionals. See more of their travels on Instagram. To find out more, visit the MSU International Institute.

Technology Requirements

A laptop computer that you can bring to class is required for HS 4733 (Computer-aided Design) and some other Fashion Design and Merchandising courses. For these courses, much of the work, which includes daily activities and exams, must be done in the classroom and not at another location. Students may download the computer and software specifications here.

Exhibits and Collections

Useful Links


Ms. Cappe Hallberg, Student Services Coordinator