The fashion marketplace is dynamic – seasons, cultures, new materials and retro ideas all influence hot new trends. It takes a trained eye and skillful manager to showcase and sell style to a fashion-conscious public.
In the online Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising Management program, you’ll develop a timeless sense of style and gain a firm grasp of business strategy. Study fashion marketing, color and textile theory, consumer behavior and retail operations, planning and management. You’ll learn how to identify what styles will sell and how to present visual cues that prompt consumers to buy.
The fashion merchandising degree online courses are taught by industry experts who know the fashion marketplace intimately. Class sizes are small, so you'll have the opportunity to interact with instructors who understand how style, business and technology intersect. You’ll also gain valuable real-world experience by completing a fashion merchandising internship that gives you the opportunity to show employers the value you can add to their business.
In the bachelor’s in fashion merchandising program, you’ll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your fashion merchandising degree online at SNHU include:
Earning a degree in fashion merchandising online from SNHU can position you for an exciting career that puts you, and fashion, in the public eye. Students in our fashion merchandising program will find opportunities as buyers, visual merchandisers, sales representatives, vendor relations specialists, store and product planners, and sales managers. In fact, openings for sales manager roles are expected to increase by 7 percent through 2026.*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at Sales Managers (viewed online November 6, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
In SNHU's fashion merchandising degree online program, you'll combine your understanding of design and color theory with business planning and marketing. Textiles, retailing and merchandise planning are just the beginning – you'll also choose from electives in consumer promotion, retailing management and global fashion merchandising topics.
Fashion principles and procedures used in planning, selecting, pricing and selling fashion goods in retail stores, catalogs and on the Internet are studied. Merchandising systems, assortment plans and inventory control methods are analyzed. A field trip to New York City's market district is a possibility.
Textile information pertinent to merchandising is included in this course. Analysis of fibers, yarns and weaves, fabric recognition, and a detailed study of natural and man-made materials are emphasized.
Fashion is another term for the costume of a time and place, an expression of a period with all of its passions, politics, attitudes and history. This course considers textiles, silhouettes, shapes, and design adaptations in light of the technological capacities of the time, the geographic environment, social structure, political systems and economic conditions around the globe and over time. Students will gain an understanding of appreciation of how these underpin and influence contemporary fashion design and development.
This course seeks to instill in students a complete understanding of the influence of merchandise planning and purchasing on retail profit. Students analyze profit and loss statement and demonstrate a complete understanding of the factors that influence the retailer's financial performance.
The overall objective of this course is to explore the role that sustainability plays in fashion merchandising managers' decision to buy from vendors. It explores production and commercialization decisions with respect to buying green. It exposes students to the influence of social responsibility on fashion retailers' decisions.
Effective merchandise management involves efficient decision making. Ordering, keeping and managing the right merchandise in terms of size and quantity are the key to a retailer's success. Retail merchandise management brings to light the vital relationship between the manufacturer and the retailer. Students explore various strategic techniques that influence profit including vendors-fashion retailers' negotiations over merchandise. Offered online and offered on campus only in Spring semester.
This course applies the qualitative and quantitative investigations approaches to fashion and fashion accessories. Students will analyze descriptive and inferential statistics to understand consumer taste for current and future trends in fashion.
Students utilize knowledge accumulated in various courses of the program to design a fashion merchandise strategy for a local fashion and apparel retailers or a strategy for fashion accessory retailers. This course considers both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to investigate management issues or examine opportunities for fashion retailers. Offered online and offered on campus only in Spring semester.
This course focuses on effective supply chain strategies for companies that operate globally with emphasis on how to plan and integrate supply chain components into a coordinated system. Students are exposed to concepts and models important in supply chain planning with emphasis on key tradeoffs and phenomena. The course introduces and utilizes key tactics such as risk pooling and inventory placement, integrated planning and collaboration, and information sharing.
Select Two (International):*
This course analyzes global trades in textiles and apparel. The course explains the necessity of export and import in the textiles and apparel industry. Topics include global trades in apparel (the benefits of export and import), trade policies and trade organizations. Offered online and offered on campus only in Spring semester.
This course compares and contrasts retail institutions in selected countries. Students examine the social, economic and political influences on the development of global retailers and consider how retailing trends spread from culture to culture. Students also examine the similarities and differences in merchandising, sales promotion, pricing, personal selling and electronic retailing policies of retailers around the globe. This course is cross-listed with INT 322. Global marker.
Every day, everywhere in the world, people make decisions about what to wear and how to wear it. Daily dressing is about much more than clothing. It includes making choices of clothing, accessories and grooming. Its relationship to human nature is at once biological, social and aesthetic. As cultures and geography changes around the world, so too do the representations of that relationship become more diverse. Dressing thus represents a broad swath of widely differing actions and decisions. This course studies the way consumers worldwide choose their dress forms to represent who and what they are, and how they wish to express themselves those around them. It considers both commonalities and differences in global consumer cultures of dress.
Select Two (Consumer Production):*
This course focuses on sales promotion in the retail sector. The specific needs of retailers in the areas of advertising, visual merchandising, personal selling, and special events planning are among the topics addressed. The culminating project will be a sales promotion plan that will include a major special event. This project is designed to be flexible to support the range of retailing interests represented in the class.
Retail marketing is a highly charged, highly competitive component of the marketing discipline. Consumers everywhere and of every age and economic category, are well informed by internet sources. Driven by access and awareness, they are looking to be courted and enticed to buy one merchant's goods over another. Visual merchandising is the art and business of creating such attraction, using merchandise that is color coordinated, accessorized, sparkling, exciting, and causing shoppers to stop, take a closer look, and buy. Visual merchandising is retail theater at its best, complete with costumes, props, and sets. Like all marketing, however, visual merchandising has a clear purpose - sales- and therefore is strategic in nature, a component of a larger marketing picture. This course addresses the creative and strategic nature of visual merchandising, connecting students with both the flair and fancy of visual merchandising and the nitty-gritty of strategic planning, and clarifying the connection between them.
This course explores the behavior that consumers display in searching, purchasing, using, evaluating and disposing of products.
Select Two (Retail):*
This course studies the basics of retailing and emphasizes the development of retail institutions, store layout and design, merchandising, pricing and problems retailers experience in today's business environment.
This course addresses web-based fashion and retailing business issues. On the one hand it explores the influence of technology on fashion products development. On the other hand it explores the role that technology plays at various levels of the retail business including supply chain development, retail channel management and consumer shopping experience.
An advanced course that moves beyond the scope of MKT 222, this course is geared to the retailing major. Store operations, human relations, information technologies, shopping center management, merchandising policies and industry trend analysis are covered. Guest speakers and study tours to retail companies are included. Writing intensive course.
Free Elective Credits: 15
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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This program is accredited by both NEASC and ACBSP.