MS in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles

Our Master of Science (MS) degree in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles (AMDT) gives graduates a solid understanding of theories in the discipline and knowledge to conduct and interpret related research. The program is specialized to your interests and provides you with opportunities to pursue research through the completion of a thesis or thesis project. Most students complete the program within two years.

What We Offer

  • Individualized, in-depth programs of study
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Faculty research grants to support students
  • Publications in refereed research journals
  • Designs and creative work in juried exhibits
  • Competitive assistantships – Assistantships are available on competitive bases. Please state your interest in a graduate assistantship upon acceptance to WSU.
  • Graduate internships

Research Areas

  • Apparel/Textile product development
  • Medical textiles
  • Smart textiles
  • Sustainable material development
  • Fit and function
  • Consumer behavior
  • Creative scholarship and design
  • Merchandising
  • International trade
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • Economic development
  • Omni-channel retailing
  • Mobile commerce

Application & Admission Requirements

All applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Review additional requirements, including test requirements, on the WSU Graduate School website.

Before you apply

Gather and prepare the following required application materials in preparation for your online application.

  1. A personal statement addressing your interest in pursuing a master of science, anticipated career path, and specific areas of research interest
  2. Three letters of recommendation written by college level professors or advisors, or professional or personal references that address your ability for intellectual engagement, creative thinking, attitude, and motivation
  3. One written essay that demonstrates your writing capabilities and creativity
  4. Resume/Vita
  5. Official transcripts
  6. Portfolio for design emphasis may be required upon request

Apply online

Apply through the WSU Graduate School online and submit all required application materials.

Priority deadline

Fall – January 10
Spring – July 1