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Best Online Fashion Merchandising Schools in 2020

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by Jacob Akins / published 5.25.2020 / updated 6.30.2020

This is a ranking of the Best Online Fashion Merchandising Schools in the US.

Fashion Merchandising is the strategic, business-minded end of the fashion industry. While fashion designers produce the clothes, whether for the runway or the rack, fashion merchandisers do all the rest. Experts in this field predict fashion trends, create sales strategies, and manage manufacturers.

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Working in fashion merchandising requires a keen eye for fashion and trends. Earning a degree in Fashion Merchandising is a great start to gaining expertise and a career.

Many employers may require an internship. A bachelor’s degree gives you the knowledge to be a professional in the industry. Students learn about fashion history, designers, fashion principles, and all with business classes.

Fashion merchandising is often considered the business side of fashion. Classes cover the basics of business strategies and fashion buying and selling. With this knowledge, a degree can launch you into career in several facets of the industry.

Entry level jobs exist at companies large and small for degree-holders. Some work in positions such as store management, the business side of a label, or product development.

Best Online Fashion Merchandising Schools Ranking Guidelines


Best Online Fashion Merchandising Schools


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Berkeley College
Woodland Park, NJ

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School Type:
Private, for-profit

Number of Online Programs:
24

Types of Online Programs:
Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Certificate

Degree Information:
Online Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising and Management • Online Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising and Management

Berkeley College’s Fashion Merchandising and Management students learn from faculty with extensive professional experience.

The college offers two related degrees: an Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising and Management degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising and Management.

Both programs focus on the business side of the fashion industry. Topics include consumer behavior, current technologies, retail distribution, merchandising, and more.

Students can take part in experiential opportunities, such as NYC Fashion Week.

They also can gain hands-on experience through field trips to retailers and showrooms as well as internships.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:Applicants must submit official transcripts.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:Applicants must submit official transcripts.

Accreditation:
Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


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Johnson and Wales University
JWU Online, College of Online Education
Providence, Rhode Island

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School Type:
Private

Number of Online Programs:
27

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's, Master's

Degree Information:
Online Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retailing

Through JWU Online, students can pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising & Retailing.
The fully online program features a career-focused curriculum and 11-week courses.
Course topics include visual merchandising, merchandise buying, and fashion marketing.
Students also gain real-world skills through internships and directed experiential education.
Students can tailor their degree with a minor in Human Resource Management.

Accreditation:
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).


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Drexel University
Drexel University Online
Philadelphia, PA

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School Type:
Private University

Number of Online Programs:
140+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor, Master, Certificate, Doctorate

Degree Information:
Online Master’s Degree in Retail Merchandising

Drexel University Online offers a Master’s Degree in Retail Merchandising.

The program provides students with a broad overview of the retail and merchandising industry. Course topics include visual communication, branding, fashion, and product development.

The program is designed for current industry professionals and those seeking a career change. Students can customize the program based on their experience and interest.

The university offers study abroad opportunities.

Students complete a project or thesis.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:SAT or ACT requirement: Yes
Total transfer credit accepted: 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits
Minimum GPA of transfer credit: Transfer credits must have a grade of C or higher
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:Graduate applicants must hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE or GMAT requirement: Yes


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School Type:
Private

Number of Online Programs:
318

Types of Online Programs:
Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Associate of Science in Fashion Merchandising • Online Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising Management

Southern New Hampshire University offers both an Associate of Science in Fashion Merchandising and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising Management.

In each program, students to combine their passion for trendsetting styles with a business-focused education.

The Associate’s program focuses on the application of retailing and fashion merchandising theory.

The Bachelor’s program focuses on fashion marketing, color and textile theory, consumer behavior, and retail operations.

Students also gain real-world experience by completing an internship.

Accreditation:
New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).


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LIM College
New York, NY

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School Type:
Private College

Number of Online Programs:
6

Types of Online Programs:
Associate, Bachelor's Master's

Degree Information:
Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising & Management • Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising • Bachelor of Business Administration in the Business of Fashion • Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Marketing • Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management • Master of Professional Studies in the Business of Fashion

LIM College offers undergraduate to graduate-level programs. Students can choose a program that matches their desired career goals. Students learn from industry-experienced faculty both on-campus or online.

The highly specialized programs provide students with knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global fashion business. Course topics include retailing and fabric for fashion.

Online degree options include:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising & Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in the Business of Fashion
  • Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Marketing
  • Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in the Business of Fashion

At each level, students can gain real-world skills through internships.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:LIM College accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit an essay, one letter of recommendation and official transcripts; SAT/ACT scores are optional.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:Master's degree program applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent undergraduate degree from another country. Applicants must submit an essay, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts and a resume or CV.

Accreditation:
LIM College receives accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


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Old Dominion University
ODU Online
Norfolk, VA

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School Type:
Public University

Number of Online Programs:
100+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor, Master, Doctorate and Educational Specialist, Endorsement, and Certificate

Degree Information:
Online Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising

Old Dominion University’s ODU Online offers an online Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising degree.

The university offers two options. Students with some college credits can enroll in the degree-completion program. The university also offers a full 120-credit program.

The curriculum focuses on reaching target markets, analyzing business results and developing strategies to meet the needs of consumers and retailers.

Students can complete electives in e-commerce, social media, and fashion forecasting.

Students take part in an internship, allowing them to apply
their skills and knowledge.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:SAT or ACT requirement: Yes, for traditional freshman applicants only.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:GRE or GMAT requirement: Yes, for most programs


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Parsons The New School for Design
New York, NY

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School Type:
Private Art and Design College

Number of Online Programs:
11

Types of Online Programs:
Certificate, Master's

Degree Information:
Online Fashion Business certificate

Parsons offers an online Fashion Business certificate program.

Students complete six required courses and two fashion electives.

Students gain a foundation in business practices for the fashion industry.

The curriculum includes courses in consumer behavior, textiles, retail buying, fashion history, and fashion marketing in a global environment.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:Applicants must submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume, a statement of purpose, a portfolio and GRE scores.


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Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI

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School Type:
Public University

Number of Online Programs:
138

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, Certificate

Degree Information:
Online Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Design

Central Michigan University offers a 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Design program.

The fully online program features challenging core courses, hands-on projects and the latest technologies.

The curriculum includes courses in fashion retail management, textiles, dress and culture, and CAD for apparel.

Students choose from two concentrations: Product Development or Visual Merchandising.

Regardless of concentration, all students complete a final portfolio of their work.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:Applicants must submit official transcripts and ACT/SAT scores.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:Some programs offer rolling admissions while others have admissions deadlines.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree and submit official transcripts and a statement of purpose.

Accreditation:
Central Michigan University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


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The North Coast College
Lakewood, OH

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School Type:
For-profit college

Number of Online Programs:
2

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's

Degree Information:
Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising

The North Coast College offers an Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising.

The 180-credit-hour program helps students develop an understanding of how to leverage business and fashion knowledge.

Students take part in experiential learning that fosters critical-thinking skills and their entrepreneurial spirit.

Courses include fashion buying and merchandising, product costing and analysis, visual merchandising, and accessories, beauty and home.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:Applicants must submit an essay, official transcripts and ACT/SAT results. Applicants also can submit an optional portfolio and resume.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:Not applicable. The college does not offer graduate programs.

Accreditation:
The North Coast College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.


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Academy of Art University
The School of Fashion
San Francisco, CA

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School Type:
Private

Number of Online Programs:
306

Types of Online Programs:
Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorates

Degree Information:
Online Associate of Arts in Fashion Merchandising • Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Merchandising • Online Master’s of Arts in Fashion Merchandising

The Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion offers three Fashion Merchandising degrees.

Students can pursue an Associate of Arts in Fashion Merchandising, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Merchandising or a Master’s of Arts in Fashion Merchandising.

Through hands-on projects, the Fashion Merchandising programs help students develop a foundation in fashion merchandising and managing fashion businesses.

Students hone techniques and a personal style needed for a successful career in fashion merchandising.


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Penn Foster
Scottsdale, AZ

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School Type:
For-profit school

Number of Online Programs:
150+

Types of Online Programs:
Associate's, Bachelor's

Degree Information:
Online Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising

Penn Foster College offers an Online Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising.

The fully online, self-paced program allows students to complete coursework on their schedule.

Students will learn about the merchandising, development, marketing and promotion of apparel.

They also will develop their sense of fashion, expand their creativity and develop foundational business skills.

Courses include color theory, fashion promotion, product development, and the history of fashion.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:Applicants must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:Not applicable.

Accreditation:
Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.


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Best Online Fashion Merchandising Schools


Best Online Fashion Merchandising Schools Ranking Guidelines:

We selected programs in Fashion Merchandising that are available fully online. We then looked at the programs, degrees offered, individual courses and variety, and academic reputation and prestige. This ranking was developed for students, to help students make informed decisions about what colleges offer the best online Fashion Merchandising degrees.

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