Merchandising Colleges in Baltimore, MD with Degree Program Info

There are eight schools within roughly 50 miles of Baltimore that offer degree programs in merchandising. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Baltimore Merchandising Schools

Choices are somewhat limited for students who want to earn a degree in merchandising at a college in the Baltimore area; however, there are a few schools that offer degree programs in this career-oriented field. Learn about program requirements and courses and find summaries of the programs below. A comparison table is available to find tuition and graduation rates.

  • Morgan State University, located five miles from downtown Baltimore, offers a bachelor's program in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in fashion merchandising.
  • Located 12 miles from the downtown, Stevenson University is a private, not-for-profit institution offering a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising.
  • Marymount University, which is located 46 miles from downtown Baltimore, offers both an undergraduate major and minor in fashion merchandising.

Comparison of Schools

Review the undergraduate tuition and financial aid figures in the table below to see which school falls within your education budget. Take a look at the acceptance and retention rates and gauge your chances of being admitted or staying at the school of your choice.

Morgan State University Stevenson University Marymount University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,747* 3,876* 3,375*
Campus Setting Large city Rural fringe Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,766 in-state; $17,832 out-of-state* $35,490* $30,876*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 82%* 100%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 64%* 61%* 92%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 75% for full time students* 81% for full time students* 78% for full time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011) 38% (35% transfer-out rate)* 54% (38% transfer-out rate)* 53%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Morgan State University

Morgan State University was founded in 1867. Today, the school serves nearly 8,000 students and offers a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in fashion merchandising through its School of Education and Urban Studies.

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (Concentration in Fashion Merchandising)

Students in this degree program gain the knowledge and practical skills they'll need for careers in retail and wholesale buying, sales or marketing, among other related fields. Curriculum emphasis is on business and management concepts, which students acquire while taking courses in fashion merchandising and promotion, consumer education, clothing principles and computer-aided design (CAD). Requirements also include a fashion industry internship.

Stevenson University

Located on a wooded, 117-acre campus in Stevenson, Maryland, Stevenson University provides a suburban setting within 15 miles of the city of Baltimore. The university's Brown School of Business and Leadership offers a bachelor's degree program in fashion merchandising though its Department of Business Administration. Offered in partnership with the Department of Art, the program provides students with a comprehensive business and creative approach to the field of fashion merchandising.

Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising

In this program, students acquire the marketing, management and communication skills needed to work in fashion advertising, design and merchandising. Coursework includes topics in fashion retailing, international marketing, consumer behavior and visual merchandising. Students also take courses in accounting and business writing. Stevenson University's emphasis of experiential learning and a global perspective ensures that students have opportunities to complete internships and study abroad.

Marymount University

Marymount University is an independent, Catholic university where a student may earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. The school emphasizes a liberal arts foundation and boasts small class sizes with an average size of 16 students. Students at Marymount can select a major or a minor in fashion merchandising.

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising

Marymount University's fashion merchandising program aims to provide students with the buying, product development and merchandising skills required to work as managers, buyers or fashion coordinators. A core of liberal arts courses helps to hone communication and interpersonal skills. Major courses in clothing construction, retailing, merchandise analysis and fashion show production prepare students to enter the field after graduation. In addition to work in the classroom, students also participate in an internship and plan an annual fashion show.

Minor in Fashion Merchandising

Students who are completing their major concentrations of study in other areas but have a strong interest in fashion merchandising may choose to complete a minor in this subject. The curriculum includes two survey courses in fashion and fashion buying. Undergraduates will also study designers, textiles and fashion research.


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