Retail Studies, M.S.


If you have an interest in fashion, the Bryan School’s Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) offers the best preparation for becoming what we see in you: a work-ready professional with all of the experience, knowledge, and networking you need to build a successful career. Our graduate program – with available Thesis and Non-Thesis options – will help you become a confident, exceptional problem solver within the apparel industry who is ready to make meaningful connections where you work, live, and lead. Students with a Thesis requirement will dive into subject matter including the analysis of apparel and related industries from raw materials through consumption as well as the study of environmental, individual, and psychological influences on the behavior of consumers in the soft lines consumption process.

Program Distinctions

  • We offer the full span of the apparel and fashion supply chain along with a focus on global fashion careers in design and retailing.
  • Coursework in the Non-Thesis option is entirely online.
  • Close connections with industry leaders keep our curriculum innovative and relevant.
  • Our student-centered learning environment features supportive faculty who will challenge and mentor you along your journey.
  • Our students have a high rate of placement in the field — many even before graduation.

The Student Experience

  • The Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department offers you the unique opportunity to integrate classroom work with the retail, apparel, and textile industries that fuel the local economy. Internships from North Carolina to New York and beyond allow you to work for the brands that inspire you such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks, Inc., Belk Stores, JCPenney, and VF Corporation (The North Face, Wrangler, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica).
  • As a Bryan School student, you will have access to our dedicated Graduate Student Career and Professional Development Specialist who is ready to help you develop your professional self. Whether it’s mock interviews, resume revisions, internship searches, or one-on-one career coaching, the specialist is here to focus on the specific needs and professional goals of our Bryan School graduate students.

After Graduation

Through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community engagement, the Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department prepares and advances leaders in our field. Potential careers include:

  • Brand Management
  • Marketing Administration
  • Retail Merchandising
  • Sales Administration
  • Consumer Research

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Program Details

Degree Type: Master's

College/School: Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person,Online

Contact Us

Ms. Jennifer Chapman
Assistant Director Graduate Recruitment

Ms. Savannah Martin
Graduate Recruitment Specialist