Merchandising Schools in Chicago, IL with Degree Program Info

Jan 11, 2019

There are seven schools within 30 miles of Chicago that have merchandising degrees. Read an overview of these colleges' program requirements and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Chicago Merchandising Programs

Chicago-area students can find merchandising programs nearby that range from the certificate to bachelor's degree levels. This article focuses on the required coursework at three schools and also includes a table of details on each institution.

  • The College of DuPage is located in Glen Ellyn, roughly 23 miles from downtown Chicago. This school offers an associate's degree and a certificate program in fashion merchandising.
  • Located about 10 miles from central Chicago, Dominican University is a Roman Catholic school in River Forest that offers a shorter commute for students who want to take advantage of the bachelor's program in apparel merchandising.
  • Harper College in Palatine offers an associate's degree program in fashion merchandising. Located about 27 miles from Chicago's downtown area, this school has a greater driving distance than the other two schools, but offers the benefit of lower tuition costs.

Comparison of Schools

To learn more about the profiled schools and easily compare their stats, spend some time reviewing this table.

College of DuPage Dominican University Harper College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private, not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 26,165 3,127 13,749
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $4,050 for in-district students; $9,660 for in-state students; $11,760 for out-of-state students $32,530 $3,498 for in-district students; $9,666 for in-state students; $11,478 for out-of-state students
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 72% 100% 51%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - open admissions 65% N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017)* 74% 81% 74%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate* 23% (for students who began in fall 2014) 62% (for students who began in fall 2011) 29% (for students who began in fall 2014)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College of DuPage

The fashion merchandising programs at the College of DuPage prepare students for positions in visual merchandising, sales or management. Although these are onsite programs, students have the option of taking a few of the fashion courses online.

Fashion Merchandising Certificate

This certificate program requires students to complete 30 credits of coursework. The required curriculum covers fashion motivation, fashion marketing and merchandising, apparel quality analysis and textiles.

Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising

Students in this degree program must earn a minimum of 64 credits to graduate. The curriculum covers the same topics as the certificate program and requires at least 18 credits in general education courses. Elective options include visual merchandising, business practices for the fashion entrepreneur and experiential fashion topics. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a cooperative education internship for credit.

Dominican University

Offered through the university's Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the merchandising bachelor's program can help students to develop a critical eye for apparel along with merchandising techniques.

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising

Students in this major will take a variety of required courses, some of which are offered every other year. Topics include apparel design, visual communications, the history of fashion, event planning procedures, trends forecasting, jewelry design, management, marketing and branding through social media.

Harper College

Students in the fashion merchandising program at Harper College must take general education courses in addition to the courses required for the major.

Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising

This 2-year degree program requires 60 credits for graduation. The fashion merchandising curriculum includes courses in costume history and trends, retail merchandising, fashion forecasting, visual fashion merchandising and professional selling. Graduates of this program may be able to secure employment in different areas of the fashion industry, such as fashion advertising and promotion, displaying, buying and fashion copywriting.

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