What's different about Mount Mary's Merchandise Management Program?

Mount Mary University’s fashion bachelor’s degree program was the first four-year fashion degree program in the nation. Our fashion merchandise management major blends the excitement of change, challenges of new technology and skill in merchandising and manufacturing to create innovative and functional solutions.


As a fashion merchandise management major, you can pursue a career as an assortment planner, buyer, fashion magazine editor, fashion stylist, product developer, retail manager or visual merchandise manager. Discover more about fashion merchandise management careers.

Curriculum That Encourages Creativity

Mount Mary University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandise Management degree, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in fashion merchandise management. The fashion merchandise management major is designed for students who love fashion and trends, have strong analytical and math skills, and want to work on the business side of the fashion industry.

Fashion Activities Outside of Class

From student competitions, exhibits and fashion shows to on-campus student, clubs and organizations, you have many options at Mount Mary for getting involved and making friends outside of class.

Scholarships for Fashion Merchandise Management Majors

In addition to academic scholarships, fashion merchandise management majors at Mount Mary may qualify for one of 11 fashion scholarships. To apply for a fashion scholarship, fill out an application for the Layton Art Scholarship. Incoming freshmen and current students majoring fashion and other art-related majors can apply each year for these scholarships of up to $3,000. Learn more about other scholarships at Mount Mary.

Student Fashion Show


Each year Fashion Design and Merchandise Management majors collaborate to plan, produce and manage a professional caliber fashion show featuring student modeling the work of design students. This show, is a part of a larger celebration of the School of Arts and Design which showcases work of all the School departments with an exhibit of art and design student achievement. Branded as CREO, this annual tradition offers many learning opportunities and draws over 1000 guests. Learn more about CREO.

Experience Fashion in New York City and Paris


Each year fashion students travel to either New York City or Paris for a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry and to explore social justice issues related to fashion and textiles. Destinations alternate each year. These unique study experiences typically occur during winter break.

In New York City visit textile and apparel museums, fabric fairs, forecasting services, design studios, apparel show rooms and influential shopping districts.

In Paris take classes in apparel and accessory design and trend analysis through a partnership between Mount Mary faculty and the Paris American Academy. Also meet European designers, couture drapers, accessory designers, costume historians and trend forecasters, as well as help with a runway fashion show.

Alumnae in action

Inspired by kids in general — and specifically by their own children, who make daily appearances at their shop theMINIClassy — Andrea Dotzauer and Michelle Lopez design high-end children’s apparel.

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