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Fashion Merchandising


This comprehensive program prepares students to succeed in any aspect of the fashion industry, from developing, to buying, to presenting an apparel line. That’s because, in addition to a strong curriculum designed to provide an in-depth overview of the fashion industry from construction to marketing, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on experience. Through mandatory and voluntary opportunities, such as internships, creation of professional portfolios, participation in the Mercyhurst Fashion Council, experiencing the “Fashion Capitals” around the world, or networking with fashion professionals, there is an emphasis on the need for students to have actual experience in the field prior to graduation.

As a Mercyhurst student, you will also have the opportunity to live and learn in New York City through our Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Visiting Student Program. By studying at this highly-regarded institution during your junior or senior year, you’ll graduate with both a bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst and an associate's degree from FIT.

Learn more about the program from our department's informational brochure

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A degree from Mercyhurst prepares you for this exciting and dynamic career.

Major(s)        Fashion Merchandising Major
Minor(s) Fashion Studies Minor

Ready to begin your journey in fashion merchandising?  Apply online today -- it's free and getting your application started takes only a few brief minutes.  Interested students may also consult the course catalog for more information.  As a liberal arts institution, all undergraduate students complete Mercyhurst's core curriculum

The B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising at Mercyhurst University is designed to prepare students for professional careers or graduate education in the textile and clothing industries. Our program provides students with the opportunity to develop conceptual and creative abilities in relation to the individual person, the product, and the industry itself. It is our mission to prepare students for professional fashion careers or graduate education by providing teaching excellence in a curriculum that advances creativity, global awareness, and current business practices.

  • Demonstrate data gathering, synthesis, problem solving, and decision-making
  • Demonstrate written and oral presentation skills appropriate to the field of fashion
  • Identify the manner in which historic, cultural, and cyclical environmental factors impact the fashion industry.
  • Distinguish the intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics of all segments within the textile complex, following the progression from fibers to end products.
  • Demonstrate basic planning, production, promotion, and distribution techniques for the men's, women's and children's wear markets
  • Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical concepts and financial statements related to merchandise buying and planning
  • Identify the variety of career opportunities within the fashion industry, the inter-relationships between them, and the methods to gain entry therein.

Amy Weaver-Kaulis
Department Chair, Assistant Professor
Office: Main 303
Phone: (814) 824-3387

Ashlee Rzyczycki
Instructor of Fashion Merchandising
Office: Main 309
Phone: 814-824-2339

Erin Magorien
Instructor of Fashion Merchandising
Office: Main 304
Phone: (814) 824-2510

Jennifer Craven
Instructor of Fashion Merchandising
Office: Main 309
Phone: (814) 824-3828