LIM College—in New York City and focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion—is launching a Master of Professional Studies degree program in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management. The 30-credit program will be offered fully online as well as in a traditional classroom format, allowing students to pursue a master's degree no matter where they're located.
The program is designed to provide students who hold bachelor's degrees in fields other than fashion with knowledge that will allow them to pursue careers in merchandising and retail management.
Full-time students can complete the program—including an internship—in three semesters throughout one calendar year.
Ideal for professionals who seek an accelerated graduate degree and career support to make a transition into the fashion industry, LIM College will begin its MPS classes in January 2013. In fall 2013, the program will also be offered online.
Elizabeth S. Marcuse, LIM College president, says, "The MPS program was developed with the industry's evolving needs in mind. With the global expansion of domestic and international retailers, manufacturers and distributors, and the rapid growth of advanced technologies, the outlook for career opportunities in fashion merchandising and retail management is robust."
Dr. Milan Milasinovic, LIM College's vice president for academic affairs, adds, "Employers are now actively recruiting master's degree recipients to help them navigate the demands of an increasingly numbers-driven global market. LIM College's MPS graduates will be uniquely positioned to fulfill this need."
Participants will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of fashion merchandising and retail management with an emphasis on global trends, merchandising, retailing, product development, consumption and business development.
Graduates will be prepared to apply mastery of key concepts within retail-fashion management relating to merchandising, sales and consumer behavior, retailing (store operations and leadership) and product management.
There will also be an emphasis on developing management skills needed for success.
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