Degree Program Overview

Graduates from Sam Houston State University’s Fashion Merchandising Program enter an exciting and dynamic industry that is constantly changing. Opportunities include retail management, apparel buying, merchandising for an apparel or accessories line, and producing special events such as fashion and trunk shows.

The Fashion Merchandising Program prepares students academically and in practice for entry-level positions in retail and wholesale settings. The senior-level internship requirement provides an excellent segue into the job market following graduation. Students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree.


All students who complete programs in Fashion Merchandising, Food Service Management, General Family and Consumer Sciences (without teacher certification), and Interior Design are required to complete a supervised internship of at least 300 hours. Students are provided leads for securing internship opportunities; however, part of the internship experience is securing a suitable position. We also offer students the opportunity to travel to Europe to study the works and lives of chemists and their influence on our world, especially in the areas of textiles and food science (offered in coordination with the Department of Chemistry).

Careers in Fashion Merchandising

  • Retail Planning and Allocation
  • Retail Management
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Sales Representative

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

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 Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Fashion Merchandising BA BS brochure (.pdf)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

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