Welcome to the Graduate Program web page for the Department of Design and Merchandising within the College of Health & Human Sciences at Colorado State University.
Colorado State University (CSU) is a Carnegie I institution that offers master's, doctoral and professional degrees. The College of Health and Human Sciences comprises eight units and is one of the largest colleges on the Colorado State University campus. The College is human-centered with a focus on educating students for people-oriented professions. Our goal is to help students learn to apply creative, interdisciplinary research to solve social problems. Each of our units offers professional education for careers and lifelong learning.
The Department of Design and Merchandising offers one master's degree with two areas of specialization: Apparel/Merchandising and Interior Design (post professional degree; a bachelors degree in interior design or a related design discipline is required). The number of graduate students in our department typically ranges from 20-40 students.
The Graduate School at CSU provides assistance to graduate students in academic matters, offers advice in university-wide degree requirements, and gives final clearance for theses or dissertations. The Department of Design and Merchandising delivers the curriculum for the Masters of Science for the two aforementioned specializations and provides assistance in specific graduate advising.
The Department of Design and Merchandising is well known for its commitment to social responsibility and sustainability, its infusion of current technologies, and research based design. The graduate program emphasizes the development of research skills needed to address problems in the apparel and merchandising and interior design disciplines.