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Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising

About the Program

The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences’ vision is to be an internationally recognized community of socially responsible interdisciplinary programs focused on positive and creative learning environments that prepare students to be global leaders who are responsive to consumer needs in diverse communities. The master's program in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) offers professional preparation with a scholarly foundation for students seeking industry positions in merchandising (such as buying, retail operations management, and product development), historic costume (such as curator) and in academe. The program focuses on textile and apparel products, their processes of innovation, production, distribution, promotion, diffusion, and consumption. The ATM master's program provides a strong research foundation for students who plan to continue with doctoral study.

Students are required to have completed a basic textiles course (comparable to RFPD 2150) and an apparel analysis course (comparable to RPFD 3830), or these are required as pre-requisites to program completion and must be taken during the first year of graduate study at Ohio University.

Program Goals

The goals of the ATM program are to (a) prepare students with research skills, (b) provide opportunities for career exploration in the areas of teaching, research, and textiles & apparel industry positions, and (c) expand knowledge of apparel, textiles, and merchandising content in an ever-changing, diverse global economy.

Research Areas

The ATM program is highly interdisciplinary. Students are required to complete a minor area (three courses) related to their selected scholarly focus. Recommended minors include: art history, interdisciplinary arts, business (marketing and/or management), communication, education, psychology, sociology, and women & gender studies.

Research Expenditures

There are scholarships and research funds available to graduate students in the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) program at Ohio University.In particular, graduate study and research funds from the Patton College of Education are for the partial defrayment of research costs for graduate students.


Housed in Grover Center, the program has the Mary C. Doxsee Historic Costume Collection, a specialized apparel analysis and product development laboratory, and a textiles laboratory. Additionally, the program enjoys strong partnerships with retailers and fashion industry professionals that enhance learning and networking opportunities for ATM students.

Leadership Opportunities

Students in the ATM program have opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Patton College Graduate Organization and the Human and Consumer Sciences Honor Society, Phi Upsilon Omicron. Additionally, ATM students may pursue leadership roles as teaching assistants and classroom/course facilitators.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the ATM program have continued with doctoral studies, pursued teaching careers in post-secondary education,  and entered industry careers with leading companies such as Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Wal-Mart.


Click the link below for the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising Program as described in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog

Program Contact

Sandy Chen
Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 121E