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.

1. Howard University in Washington, D.C.

School Highlight: The Division of Fine Arts at Howard University presides over a prestigious history, a dedicated faculty, and an illuminated alumni internationally recognized for their artist achievements.

Howard University offers B.F.A. in Design with a concentration in Fashion Design. Students will study an overview of the fashion industry, as well as design, production, branding and sustainability.

2. University of North Texas in Denton, TX

School Highlight: The university's Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism department offers undergraduate and graduate courses in merchandising, as well as resources for career opportunities.

UNT's College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Merchandising. The program teaches students who are interested in fashion, retail and home furnishings, about how to plan, develop and present the sales of clothing and home furnishings. Merchandising strategies will also be critiqued and analyzed. A M.S. in Merchandising is offered, online and as a graduate certificate, in addition to Merchandising and Digital Retailing Career Opportunities for registered students.

3. Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY

School Highlight: Fashion students at this institute will study fashion marketing, planning, product development, as well as fashion management, as they enhance their skills which will eventually be necessary in a global retail and management environment.

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.

Top Fashion Merchandising Schools

School Name Distinction Location
CUNY New York City College of Technology Offers Fashion Marketing and Marketing Management Sales programs Brooklyn, NY
Harding University Degree program for Fashion Merchandising Searcy, AR

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