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Master's in Apparel Textiles and Merchandising

Student designing apparel.

Program Code:  MS6364

The Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) major, affiliated with the Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development undergraduate program, offers preparation with a scholarly foundation for graduate students seeking industry positions in merchandising (such as buying, management, historic apparel and textile curator, apparel and textile performance assessment, and product development) and in academe.


The program focuses on textile and apparel products as well as the processes of innovation, production, distribution, promotion, diffusion, and consumption. The Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising (ATM) masters major provides a strong foundation for students who plan to continue with graduate studies in doctoral programs. It also prepares graduates to go into leadership and research positions in the industry. Students may select either a thesis or non-thesis (professional project) option. Students are required to have completed a basic textiles course and an apparel product development/analysis course. If these courses have not been completed graduate students will complete these courses during the first year of graduate study at Ohio University.

Graduate Student Handbook

Click to view a PDF of the Student Handbook for the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences.

Admission Information

The following materials are required for admission to a Master?s Degree Program in the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences:

  • A Bachelor of Science or Arts degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of 20 quarter hours or 13 semester hours of undergraduate preparation in the specific or closely related program to the graduate major
  • A completed Graduate Admissions Application and non-refundable application fee
  • Official Academic Transcripts (minimum overall GPA of 2.7 with a 3.0 on the final 90 hours (4.0 scale) is recommended)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (test scores must be satisfactory)
  • Letter of Intent and Statement of Goals
  • Resume/Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Application for Graduate Assistantship (if desired)
  • Evidence of English Proficiency, International Students, Learn more

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Apparel, Textile and Merchandising (ATM) program have continued with doctoral studies in Texas Tech University, North Carolina State University and Oregon State University. Graduates have also pursued teaching careers in post-secondary education and entered industry careers with leading companies such as Kohl's, Macy's, Maurice's, Wal-Mart, Big Lots, and Anthropologie.

Research Scholarship Funds

There are scholarships and research funds available to graduate students in the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising (ATM) program. Research and professional development funds are available to graduate students for the expenses associated with their research or professional development.


For curriculum information view the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising Program in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog.

Facilities and Resources

  • On the first floor of McCracken Hall, the program features the Mary C. Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection that can be utilized and integrated into your research.
  • Our facilities also include a textiles laboratory and a specialized apparel analysis and product development laboratory.
  • The program enjoys strong partnerships with retailers and fashion industry professionals that enhance learning and networking opportunities for ATM students.


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For more information, contact

Beth J. VanDerveer, Ph.D.
Department Chair
121E McCracken Hall