Graduate Programs

Assistantships and Scholarships

The Department of Design and Merchandising has a limited number of assistantships available. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, with consideration given to the strength of the applicant’s previous academic performance and the fit between his/her background and the Department’s teaching and research needs. Assistantships include a partial tuition waiver and a stipend for the fall and spring semester, but not for the summer term. Students work 10 hours or 20 hours per week with a faculty or administrator in the Department for the fall and spring semester. To be considered for assistantships, students must apply by February 1.

Fellowships are awarded to first year students enrolling in the Design and Merchandising Master of Science program. These are one-year, nonrenewable awards made on the basis of academic merit.

Continuing students may apply for scholarships, which are available from the Department of Design and Merchandising and the College of Health and Human Sciences on an annual basis. Applications are due in the spring semester. Additionally, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships from external professional organizations such as the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, American Society of Interior Designers, International Textiles and Apparel Association, Kappa Omicron Nu, and Phi Upsilon Omicron, among others.