Graduate Programs

M.S. in Design and Merchandising

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our Master of Science Program in Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University. All of the materials that you will need to apply are available on the Colorado State University website. Please Visit our online application to apply for Spring 2017 or future term.

Submit Application Materials

Your application to the Graduate School at Colorado State University is completed online and requires the submission of an application fee and several supporting materials/documents.

  • Some supporting materials can be uploaded directly within the online application.
  • For any supporting documents that cannot be uploaded within the online application, please submit official paper copies directly to the CSU Office of Admissions at the following address:
                   Graduate Admissions
                   Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
                   1062 Campus Delivery
                   Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
  • To submit official transcripts, please contact your previous institutions to request that they submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. Electronic or paper transcripts (original or attested copies, only) can be accepted. Official transcripts may be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the address above, sent using Colorado State University’s institution code (4075), or emailed to
  • To submit test scores, please contact the testing agency to request that scores be sent to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075 for sending electronic scores; see address above for sending hard copy scores). Please note that electronic IELTS scores cannot be accepted.

Check Your Application Status

View the status of your application at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or check on updates.

Application Documents

Please click here for information about the supporting documents that you will need to include with your application. The Graduate School website also has information about application materials for US Residents and International applicants.

Areas of Study

Students who enter the program may select from two areas of emphasis: (a) Apparel and Merchandising and (b) Interior Design. A focus on social responsibility and environmental sustainability permeates our programs. Applicants to the Apparel and Merchandising emphasis need not have earned a bachelor's degree in the Apparel and Merchandising area, but students who hold degrees in other fields will be required to take some undergraduate background courses. Applicants to the Interior Design emphasis must have earned a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.

Admissions Criteria

For admission to the Graduate Program in the Department of Design and Merchandising, a variety of factors are considered, including undergraduate GPA, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, professional experiences (work, leadership, extra-curricular), and design portfolio (required for interior design applicants, optional for apparel design applicants), GRE scores (click here for information about GRE requirements), and TOEFL scores (for international students). All applicants are expected to have strong written and verbal communication skills in English.

Application Deadlines

For the apparel and merchandising specialization of the graduate program, applications are accepted for both fall and spring admission. For the interior design specialization, applications are accepted for fall admission, only.  

During the academic year (i.e., August 15- May 15), the Department Graduate Selection Committee considers applications on a rolling basis. To be considered for assistantships and fellowships, however, complete application materials should be submitted by February 1 for fall semester entry and by October 15 for spring semester entry.

International students need to be sure to allow for adequate time to have visas and other travel documents processed after the Graduate Committee's application decision and prior to the semester of entry. For more information and application deadlines, please visit the website for the Office of International Programs.

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