Fashion Merchandising

 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. In the event you are taking courses stacked in the same semester, you may have difficulty registering for both courses so you would need to complete the FACS Department Course Override Form.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for specific start and end dates for 7 ½ week terms.

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. As we continue to build partnerships and connections within the fashion industry to highlight our program and students, please be aware that the internship course is only offered in Spring and Summer semesters.  Visit the FACS Internship Website for information regarding deadlines and the approval process to take this course as you finish your junior year (or reach 90 credit hours).


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

Plan of Study for Bachelor of Science, Major in Fashion Merchandising