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Global Fashion Enterprise (M.S.)

Program Director: Mark Sunderland

Program Description

The M.S. in Global Fashion Enterprise (MSGFE) program expands the career horizons of forward-thinking professionals with diverse backgrounds in fashion design, merchandising, management, and other industries who want a competitive edge, valuable connections, and real-world experience in the evolving fashion industry. Students benefit from a focus on global fashion development and an appreciation of apparel ecosystems throughout the value chain. Graduates of the MSGFE program possess the skills, knowledge and industry networks to bring value-added innovation to the fashion industry and to manage a thriving global fashion enterprise successfully.

In a hands-on learning environment, students examine new fashion designs, ideas and technologies to create viable business models and market-driven innovations. In addition to the 22 core credit-hours, the MSGFE program culminates in a customized 9 credit hours of Global Fashion Project coursework where students work individually or in teams to find new product or system opportunities, then design and prototype products or systems that answer the requirements of their research questions. Students benefit by working directly with successful fashion and apparel companies as they complete their projects, creating networking opportunities that may translate into exciting internship and employment opportunities.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1: Global Competency in Fashion Ecosystems

Students will: 

• Evaluate and utilize global fashion value chain innovations and best practices in solving industry problems and tapping opportunities.
• Identify multicultural influences on the conduct of business throughout the global apparel value chain, including ethical issues.

Goal #2: Technical Competency in Fashion Ecosystems

Students will:

• Evaluate and leverage technologies and metrics in driving fashion industry performance.
• Integrate material and product analysis and lifecycle assessments throughout the fashion value chain.

Goal #3: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fashion Ecosystems

Students will:

• Compile new fashion designs/ideas/technologies into business models and actionable plans.



The M.S. in Global Fashion Enterprise program varies from 31 credits to 43 credits. Most students receive some measure of Advanced Standing at the point of admission based on prior learning, experience and demonstrated skills or competencies.  Students without business background take business essentials courses (indicated by an * below); while those without a fashion background take fashion essentials courses (indicated by **) so they can learn and participate at the same high level as those with existing knowledge. Both the business and fashion essentials courses are assigned in consultation with the program director.  Please consult the program director in order to determine your individual course sequence and credit length.

  • IMBF-504*        Financial and Managerial Accounting        (1.5 credits)
  • IMBF-505*        Financial Management                (1.5 credits)
  • IMBF-508*        Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions    (1.5 credits)
  • GFEF-501*        Prototyping**                    (3 credits)
  • IMBF-510*        Operations Management            (1.5 credits)
  • GFE-600        Fashion Immersion                (3 credits)
  • GFE-611        Product Development/Entrepreneurship    (3 credits)
  • GFE-612        Technology in Fashion                (3 credits)
  • GFE-621        Fashion Global Marketing and Sourcing        (3 credits)
  • GFE-732        Global Fashion Seminar                (1 credit)
  • GFE-734        Fashion Supply Chain Management        (3 credits)
  • TXE-759        Product Evaluation                (3 credits)
  • TXF-510*        Digital Imaging for Fashion**            (3 credits)
  • GFE-791        Fashion Internship                (3 credits)
  • Or GFE-793        Global Fashion Networking            (3 credits)


  • GFE-721        Global Fashion Project 1             (3 credits)
  • GFE-722        Global Fashion Project 2            (3 credits)
  • GFE-723        Global Fashion Project 3            (3 credits)

**Qualified students may receive Advanced Standing waivers for these courses based on prior learning, experience and demonstrated skills or competencies.