New York—Starting next year, professionals who want a higher degree in fashion merchandising and retail management can study in a new accelerated degree program at LIM College in New York or online allowing students to pursue a master’s degree no matter where they are located.
It’s all part of LIM, which focuses exclusively on the study of business and fashion. The new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree program in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management is a 30-credit program 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 will complete the program, including an internship, in three semesters throughout one calendar year. MPS classes begin in January 2013. By Fall 2013, the program will also be offered online.
“The MPS program was developed with the industry’s evolving needs in mind,” says Elizabeth S. Marcuse, LIM’s president. “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.”
As part of the coursework, students will study 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 (both store operations and leadership), and product management. There will also be an emphasis on developing management skills needed for success in this field, including leadership, team-building, and oral and written communications.
Adds Dr. Milan Milasinovic, vice president for Academic Affairs: “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.”
LIM College is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offering a Master of Business Administration degree program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship; a Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management; Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing and Management; and Bachelor of Professional Studies, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies degrees in Fashion Merchandising. Housed in four buildings in midtown Manhattan, LIM College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required fashion industry internships. LIM College was founded in 1939 and its alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including The Jones Apparel Group, Perry Ellis, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus. www.limcollege.edu