Fashion Merchandising, Bachelor of Science

Available: Online

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The 100% online bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising features career-focused courses to prepare students for a fast-paced and changing fashion industry. Courses in the program are offered in the 7 ½ week course schedule (7A/7B) in the fall and spring semesters. Courses are also offered in the summer.  This approach allows the program to reach a broader variety of students, accommodating those who have jobs, are constrained by geographical location, or are unable to attend school full-time. The 7A/7B format also provides students the opportunity to take multiple courses that may serve as prerequisites within a single semester, allowing students to complete the program-specific courses at a faster pace.

Graduates from Sam Houston State University’s Fashion Merchandising Program enter an exciting and dynamic global fashion industry that is constantly changing. Career opportunities are diverse and include retail management, apparel buying, fashion marketing, merchandising for an apparel or accessories line, and special events and promotions.

The Fashion Merchandising Program prepares students academically and in practice for entry-level positions in the fashion industry for both retail and wholesale settings. The senior-level internship requirement is an excellent opportunity to experience first-hand this exciting industry and provides a transition into the job market following graduation.


All students who complete programs in Fashion Merchandising, Food Service Management, and Interior Design are required to complete a supervised internship of at least 200 hours. Students are provided leads for securing internship opportunities; however, part of the internship experience is securing a suitable position. 

Careers in Fashion Merchandising

  • Fashion Brand Management
  • Retail Buying
  • Retail Planning and Allocation
  • Retail Management
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Social Media Strategy and Marketing
  • Wholesale Representative
  • Showroom Management
  • Apparel Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Fashion Brand Promotions and Special Events

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 15

Program Coordinator

For specific questions about this program, please contact Dr. Keila Tyner, Program Coordinator, at 936.294.2485 or via email at