M.S. in Design and Merchandising Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer a Ph.D?
The Department of Design and Merchandising does not offer a doctoral degree. However, the Master of Science degree offered in the department provides a solid foundation for doctoral study, and many of the students who complete the M.S. degree do pursue doctoral-level work.
Is there any financial assistance available to graduate students?
Yes. Please visit our assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships page. For additional funding opportunities, please visit the Graduate School website.
What are the course fees?
For information about course fees, please visit Student Financial Services.
What is the academic calendar?
Are the GRE and TOEFL required for graduate study at your university? What scores do I need?
The department requires domestic students who have fewer than five years of relevant professional/industry experience AND a cumulative undergraduate GPA of below 3.5 to submit official GRE scores. Visit our graduate program required documents page. All international applicants are required to submit official GRE scores. The Department of Design and Merchandising does not require a certain score on the GRE. Official GRE scores are, however, factored into the admission decision.
International students are required to submit official TOEFL scores. The minimum scores required for admission to the Graduate School at Colorado State University are 550 (written version of the test), 213 (computer version of the test), and 80 (online version of the test).
What are the requirements for international students?
International applicants should:
- Request that official GRE and official TOEFL examination scores be reported from ETS to Colorado State University (CSU institution code: 4075). Photocopies will not be accepted.
- Request that official international paper transcripts and certified translations from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended be sent to Office of Admissions, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062. (Colorado State University transcripts are not required.)
- Request three letters of recommendation; you will be asked to provide names and contact information for those writing letters when you complete the online application.
- Submit the Application fee to the Office of Admissions. Once the application fee is received, your application will be processed. If applying to more than one department, a nonrefundable application fee is required for each application submitted.
- Obtain a student visa. Once you are admitted, you will receive information from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) about the process to obtain an F or J student visa. An overview of this process can be found on the ISSS website: first, you receive an immigration document from CSU (steps here) and then you apply for a visa with the US government (steps here). If you already hold a US visa that allows for full-time study (such as H4, L2, or E2), you can indicate this on your application and will not need to obtain a student visa.
Do you offer evening or correspondence classes through Colorado State University?
Most courses are offered during daytime hours and on-campus. However, the department may offer some evening and online courses during certain semesters and/or summer session.
How do you work with transfer students?
A transfer evaluation is conducted to evaluate how a student’s previous coursework can count toward the degree requirements of the Department. Only six credits may be applied to the Design and Merchandising Master’s degree.