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The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies offers graduate programs of study leading to a Graduate Certificate, a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. A minimum of 15 hours of online coursework is required for the graduate certificate. The Master's degree is available in two concentrations: thesis (minimum 30 hours) and an online non thesis (minimum 31 hours).  A minimum of 58 hours is required for the Ph.D.


POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE IN GLOBAL APPAREL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

The online graduate certificate consists of a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework. It is intended for professionals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution working in any field who are interested in gaining state-of-the-art, product-specific knowledge to address issues and problems within the global industry supply chain.

Required Core Courses (9 hours)
CRS 620 Analysis of Apparel and Related Industries (3)
RCS 662 Behavior of Softlines Consumers (3)
RCS 584 Retail Strategy (3) or RCS 560: Advanced Retail Buying and Planning (3)

Electives (6 hours)
SCM 650 Supply Chain Principles and Concepts (3) and

Choose one of the following courses:
SCM 651 Transportation, Logistics, & Distribution Management (3)
SCM 652 Strategic Cost, Design, Procurement, and Contracts (3)
SCM 655 Global Supply Operations Strategy (3)



THESIS OPTION (MINIMUM 30 HOURS)

The thesis option is focused on research in consumer, apparel, and retailing issues. It is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue careers in academics and business.

Required Core Courses (10 hours)
RCS 562 Behavior of Softlines Consumers (3)
CRS 563 Analysis of Apparel and Related Industries (3)
CRS 630 Economic Dynamics of the Retail Complex (3)
CRS 682 Graduate Seminar (1)

Required Research Techniques (9-11 hours)
CRS 605 Research Methodology in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3) and one of the following options:
STA 571, 571L Statistical Methods for Research I (4)
STA 572, 572L Statistical Methods for Research II (4)
or
ERM 680 Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education (3)
ERM 681 Design and Analysis of Education Experiments (3)
or
MBA 600 Business Statistics (1.5)
MBA 610 Advanced Business Statistics (1.5)
ERM 681 Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments (3)

Electives (6 hours)

The student will select 6 hours, as approved by the student’s chair in consultation with the committee, from available CRS 600- and 700-level courses.

Thesis (6 hours) (Capstone Experience)
CRS 699 Thesis (6)

Thesis Advisory Committee
The student will select a graduate advisor and two other graduate faculty members to serve as a Thesis Advisory Committee. The graduate advisor must be from the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies. The committee must be chosen and a program of study approved no later than the second semester enrolled in graduate courses.


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GLOBAL APPAREL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT MS Online Brochure DownloadCONCENTRATION (31 Hours)

The concentration in Global Apparel Supply Chain Management requires 31 semester hours of online coursework and provides state-of-the-art skills for decision making in global apparel supply chain management with a consumer focus. Additionally the concentration requires an applied industry practicum which serves as a capstone experience.

Required Core Courses (13 hours)
RCS 560 Advanced Retail Buying and Planning (3)
RCS 584 Retail Strategy (3)
RCS 662 Behavior of Softlines Consumers (3)
CRS 620 Analysis of Apparel and Related Industries (3)
CRS 682 Graduate Seminar (1)

Applied Research Techniques (3 hours)
CRS 605 Research Methodology in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3)

Required Supporting Courses (12 hours)
SCM 650 Supply Chain Principles and Concepts (3)
SCM 651 Transportation, Logistics & Distribution Management (3)
SCM 652 Strategic Cost, Design, Procurement and Contracts (3)
SCM 655 Global Supply Operations Strategy (3)

Capstone (3 hours)
CRS 632 Supervised Industry Practicum (3)
Students must demonstrate a broad knowledge of the material covered in the curriculum by undertaking an approved industry practicum. A formal contract will be established between the CARS graduate program committee and each student to clearly define the scope and requirements of the project. The student will be permitted to enroll in CRS 632 once the Required Core Courses are complete.



DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN CONSUMER, APPAREL, AND RETAIL STUDIES

The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies offers a graduate program of study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree requiring a minimum of 58 hours (minimum of 90 hours beyond the B.S.). At least 75% of the hours credited to the Ph.D., exclusive of the dissertation, must be in 600- or 700-level courses.

Required Core Courses (19 hours)
CRS 700 Seminar in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (1)
CRS 701 Literature and Thought in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3)
CRS 712 Theory Development in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (3)
CRS 713 Qualitative Methodology in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (3)
CRS 714 Methodology and Modeling in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (3)
CRS 720 Social Psychology of Consumption (3)
CRS 721 Consumer Behavior in Apparel and Retailing (3)

Research Techniques (9 hours)
STA 661 Advanced Statistics in Behavioral Science Research I (3)
STA 662 Advanced Statistics in Behavioral Science Research II (3)
STA 671 Multivariate Analysis (3) or ERM 682 Multivariate Analysis in Education (3)

Cognate Area (9 hours)

In consultation with the student’s chair and Advisory/Dissertation Committee, the student will identify a supporting area that will enrich and expand his or her research interest. The student will take a minimum of 9 hours within this area. Electives (3 hours) .

The student will select 3 hours, as approved by the student’s chair in consultation with the Advisory/Dissertation Committee, from available CRS 600- and 700-level courses.
Research and Dissertation (15 hours)
CRS 790 Independent Doctoral Research (3)
CRS 799 Dissertation Problem (12)
Teaching (3 hours)
CRS 765 College Teaching Practicum in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (3)

Preliminary and Final Oral Examination

Advisory/Dissertation Committee
The student should consult the Advisory/Dissertation Committee section of The Graduate School Bulletin. The graduate advisor must be from the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies and one member must be from outside the CARS Department. The committee must be chosen no later than upon the completion of the first 18 semester hours.