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College of the Arts

School of Fashion Design and Merchandising

226 Rockwell Hall
Tel: 330-672-3010
Fax: 330-672-3772


The Master of Fashion (MFASH) at Kent State University is a graduate degree program for highly creative and motivated fashion industry professionals who wish to conduct intensive practitioner-based fashion research. The nature of our “fashion lens” approach allows for advanced fashion practice from a number of different perspectives, such as technology implementation, management, design processes, sustainability, and product development. The MFASH degree provides a rich opportunity for diverse research and practical experiences.

The MFASH also addresses emerging trends in the fashion industry towards increased growth in entrepreneurism in small to medium sized businesses with a specific interest in manufacturing locally or within the United States. The proposed curriculum will support a greater diversity of employment opportunities connected to the fashion context, and respond to integrated use of new technologies.

The Master of Fashion is a 30-credit, professional degree program designed to enable students with specialized interests to pursue advanced studies through course work and independent study. These areas of study complement the traditional elements of the Fashion curriculum and allow students to customize a cross-disciplinary course of study with a high level of specialization. The MFASH program seeks highly motivated students with a keen commitment to practitioner research in emerging domains of fashion.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s); minimum of a 3.0 college GPA (or a standard GMAT or GRE if GPA is below 3.0 for conditional admissions); a statement of career and/or academic goals and research interests, how will you approach these in practice in no more than 500 words; past visual (portfolio) and/or written academic work (paper) that demonstrates capabilities; a minimum 5-10 examples of work or significant term paper or project. Portfolios can be up to two 25MB max/documents (50MB max/form) in .pdf format; three letters of recommendation; applications for fall admission are due February 1st.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

All graduate students are required to complete 24 hours of graded coursework and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis or project. Graduate students must take FDM 60010, FDM 60300, FDM 60040, and FDM 60199. A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours is required.

Thesis/ Dissertation

The thesis is a significant project or body of work done independently of other coursework. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct research or produce a significant, original project in a discriminating and disciplined manner. The thesis topic should be one that will further the student’s knowledge and ability in the specialty by demonstrating skill as a researcher. The outcome should be an effort that serves as a foundation for the pursuit of independent work when the graduate program is completed. Students are expected to work in close consultation with their thesis advisor.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

The Fashion School supports multiple Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, including opportunities to study for a semester at our NYC Studio and Florence campus, as well as through collaborative partnership programs with the Paris American Academy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Regents Univeristy in London. For more information consult our web-pages at or contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee


Advanced Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a Concentration in Fashion (courses are offered by the Fashion School to support the M.B.A Fashion Concentration in the College of Business Administration.