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Merchandising and Consumer Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt
gh21@txstate.edu
512.245.4689
FCS Building, Room 126A

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Earning a graduate degree in merchandising and consumer studies gives students a competitive advantage in the workplace. Graduates gain specific merchandising and consumer knowledge about fashion and related products so they can address and meet the needs of the dynamic cultural, demographic and lifestyle changes of today’s society.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 36 Non-thesis No minor
M.S. 39 Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

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Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international credential fee (if applicable)

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE or GMAT Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) scores required with a preferred minimum of 300 (verbal and quantitative sections combined) or official GMAT scores with a preferred minimum of 500

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Documents

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose describing your professional goals and rationale for pursuing graduate study
  • two letters of recommendation

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TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

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