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Take Fashion from the Runway to the World


SU’s Fashion Merchandising program gives you a business focus on the world of fashion. Classes in marketing, management, art, and fashion will provide you with a foundation in all the essential aspects of fashion. The program also addresses the international scope of the fashion industry and its impact on society, culture, and business.

Graduates of the Fashion Merchandising program will:

  • Analyze, develop, construct, and execute effective marketing strategies for a specific fashion or retail operation.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of consumer behavior and choose appropriate professional techniques in the display and sales of fashion and retail goods.
  • Identify and interpret style and retail trends as they relate to fashion and retail cycles as well as targeted consumer markets.
  • Interpret, assess, and respond to economic and market factors that affect consumer fashion and retail demand.
  • Select appropriate solutions utilizing a working knowledge of specific areas of domestic and international marketing, management, and law as they relate to the business operations of fashion and retail merchandising.
  • Employ sophisticated personal communication and technology skills to enhance job effectiveness.

The First of Its Kind in Maryland

Stevenson University's Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising is the first program of its kind in Maryland. The program prepares students for careers in marketing and merchandising for the apparel and retail industries.

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Exceptional Experiences
Fashion Merchandising students have the opportunity to collaborate on fashion projects with major brands and retailers such as Boscov’s and Nordstrom and to complete internships with major companies such as Rag & Bone, Anthropologie, and South Moon Under. They also study abroad in England, Ireland, and Italy, and they attend apparel and accessory tradeshows such as Magic Market Week and Coterie.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Fashion Merchandising Majors

  • Buyer
  • Stylist
  • Fashion Public Relations Manager
  • Sales and Account Representative
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Merchandiser and Allocator
  • Retail and Wholesale Brand Manager
  • Digital Product Manager
  • Social Media Manager

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

Courses and Tracks


The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements

FYS 100 First Year Seminar 1 credit
ACC 215 Survey of Accounting 3 credits
EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits
FDES 200 Textiles 3 credits
FDES 274 History of Fashion 3 credits
FMER 210 Fashion and Culture 3 credits
FMER 223 The Business of Fashion 3 credits
FMER 290 Internship Preparation 1 credit
FMER 315 Writing for Fashion 3 credits
FMER 320 Fashion Retailing 3 credits
FMER 323 Fashion Product Merchandising 3 credits
FMER 340 Merchandise Sourcing and Logistics 3 credits
FMER 360 Visual Merchandising 3 credits
FMER 390 Internship 3 credits
FMER 430 Fashion Merchandising Capstone 3 credits
GDES 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media 3 credits
INBUS 325/MKT 325 International Marketing 3 credits
IS 135 MS Office Applications 3 credits
LAW 208 Business Law 3 credits
MGT 204 Principles of Management 3 credits
MGT 210 Business Writing 3 credits
MKT 206 Principles of Marketing 3 credits
MKT 311 Consumer Behavior 3 credits
MKT 336 Integrated Marketing Communication 3 credits

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.


Minors and Other Options


The minor in Fashion Merchandising is designed for students interested in the business of fashion.  It prepares students to understand the role of apparel in today’s marketplace and the relationship between the fashion and production apparel industries.

The minor in fashion merchandising requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a FMER prefix, which focus on fashion and culture, fashion retailing, product merchandising, and fashion communication. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Minors at Stevenson




Stevenson University’s Brown School of Business and Leadership is proud to have received specialized accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Founded in 1997, the IACBE is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and business-related education for colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions whose primary purpose is excellence in teaching and learning. Learn more at

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