Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


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Doctoral Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Science (M.S.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Aesthetics; Consumer Behavior; Design; History; Merchandising; Product Development; Small Business/Entrepreneurship; Social Science (no Textile Engineering offered)

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. AESHM Graduate Student Learning Outcomes Faculty members in the program expect all students to demonstrate mastery of required coursework by maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or better. All students will demonstrate the ability to work in teams, design a research or creative project, and communicate in writing and orally. In addition, all students are expected to be aware of societal, professional, and ethical issues related to the discipline. Upon successful completion of the graduate program, AESHM graduates will be competent in the following four areas: Critical Thinking Assimilate, integrate, and evaluate research/creative activity in the discipline of interest and related disciplines. Implement appropriate methods for research/creative activity. Apply relevant theory in scholarship. Demonstrate a multi-disciplinary perspective appropriate to the field. PhD Develop a program of research/creative activity that contributes uniquely to the field of study. Self-Reflection/Self-Assessment Develop a program of scholarship, industry experience, and teaching as appropriate to the requirements of the individual’s professional situation. PhD only Formulate a professional philosophy in teaching, scholarship, and/or service. Social Responsibility/Ethics Explain, analyze, and/or describe how moral and ethical issues apply to individual situations in the relevant field of study. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical scholarship and professional practices. Communication Interpret and communicate scholarship to diverse audiences (e.g., scholarly, families, consumers, agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations) in written, oral, visual, and electronic (WOVE) formats. Faculty members strongly encourage doctoral students to present at discipline-related meetings such as the Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, or the International Textiles and Apparel Association Annual Meeting at least once before graduation. Doctoral students also are encouraged to publish at least one paper prior to graduation.

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Ann Marie Fiore
Phone: 515-294-9303
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: on-campus student applications due February 1; hybrid student applications due March 15

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Program Requires GMAT : No

Electronic link to portfolio required for design and product development-focused students
16 in section 1 of TOEFL Internet (iBT)
Statement of Purpose (500 word limit if not sent electronically with application explain why and what you want to study)

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53
Duolingo 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Apparel, Merchandising and Design
LouAnn Doyle, 31 MacKay Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1121