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Merchandising and Consumer Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Rodney Runyan
rcr56@txstate.edu
512.245.2135
FCS Building, Room 101

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. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

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

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


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)

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE or GMAT Scores

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

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Documents

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

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • 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

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.