Top Schools for Fashion Merchandising

Read about specialized fashion programs that can help students acquire the business skills they need to pursue a merchandising career is this cutting-edge industry. Read an overview of what's available at three top-notch schools, and find a list of other universities in the country that offer programs in fashion merchandising.

School Overviews

The three schools profiled below include a state university located in the heart of New York City's garment district, a high-ranking, historically black college and a postsecondary institution specializing in public research. All three schools offer bachelor's degree programs in fashion merchandising; study abroad opportunities can be found at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Top U.S. Schools with Fashion Merchandising Programs

1. Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1867, Howard University was ranked the 115th best national university and second-top historically black college and university in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2012. In 2011, the Princeton Review also identified this private university as a 'Best Northeastern College.' Howard University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising program, which focuses on buying, selling, visual merchandising and retail management. In addition to internship opportunities with major fashion marketing firms, the program offers related minors in communication, business and foreign languages, among other areas.

2. University of North Texas in Denton

The University of North Texas (UNT), one of the largest public research universities in Texas, was classified as a 'Best Western College' by the Princeton Review in 2011. UNT's School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with specializations in apparel textiles, fashion theory and apparel merchandising. The program also allows for internships with UNT industry partners, including fashion events and public relations organizations, clothing stores and fashion magazines. According to the university website, the school was the first in the country to offer a bachelor's degree program in e-merchandising.

3. Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. FIT's fashion merchandising management programs can lead to an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science, with the latter program offering international study and internship opportunities in London, Paris and Florence, among other locations. FIT's Merchandising Society operates a boutique, where students can gain hands-on merchandising experience and visit businesses in the retail industry. In 2011, FIT received awards for faculty and staff excellence, distinguished faculty ranks and student excellence from the SUNY system (

Six Good Schools with Fashion Merchandising Degree Programs

School Name Distinction Location
CUNY New York City College of Technology Offers transfer and job placement opportunities for fashion marketing alumni Brooklyn, NY
Fashion Institute of Technology Home to the Style Shop boutique New York, NY
Harding University Houses a textile, clothing and fashion laboratory Searcy, AR
Howard University Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Washington, DC
University of Arizona Offers a fashion merchandising scholarship Tucson, AZ
University of North Texas Offered the first entirely online master's degree program in merchandising Denton, TX

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