Launching in fall 2019, the master’s program in Fashion Management at Parsons School of Design prepares students to advance and transform their careers in the evolving fashion business landscape. Through the course of this one-year Master of Professional
Studies (MPS) degree, students learn to challenge existing paradigms in the fashion world in order to create breakthrough ideas in fashion businesses, start-ups, and fashion-related services. Students graduate with in-depth knowledge and advanced
skills in global and local manufacturing, ethical production, value chains, marketing, and merchandising.
This program is part of the School of Fashion at Parsons. Students in the program benefit from the academic leadership, resources, and industry networks that have
placed Parsons at the forefront of fashion education.
Update: This program is now accepting applications for international students needing a visa to study in the United States.
The MPS in Fashion Management immerses students in the fashion industry as an interconnected system. The 12-month course of study addresses the rapidly changing fashion industry from a range of perspectives, including technology, innovation, leadership,
entrepreneurship, consumer psychology, strategic management, and new business models. Students engage in conversations about the balance of creativity and commerce, how businesses and start-ups can reinvent existing systems, solutions for social
media and e-commerce, and the crucial need for sustainability and social responsibility at all levels of the industry.
The program is designed to attract a dynamic cohort of working professionals with fashion industry experience as well as individuals with undergraduate degrees and backgrounds in other disciplines relevant to retail and consumer goods industries.
Students combine creativity and commerce to develop insights and strategies that influence consumers’ perceptions, shopping habits, and interactions with brands and designers. Guided by expert faculty and experienced industry practitioners, students
identify business opportunities, new ways to streamline processes for profitability and efficiency, and methods for rapid innovation that unlock emerging opportunities in retail.
The curriculum consists of a series of intensive course modules. Throughout the program, students gain real-world experience with New York City fashion companies and ateliers through case studies, internships, and site visits, which provide them with a portfolio
of experiences that can be immediately applied to careers advancing innovation within the fashion industry.
Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers in the fashion and brand management fields, including Fashion Styling, Fashion Production, Fashion Editorial, Fashion Merchandising, Brand Management, Fashion Marketing, Advertising, and Visual Merchandising.
This 12-month program begins with a week-long on-site orientation workshop for all students. The program delivery involves a combination of five-week course modules, intensive weekends, and semester-long individual research.
The program offers students an opportunity to engage in live case studies, enabling them to graduate with a unique portfolio of real-world experiences that can be immediately applied to their current place of employment, in seeking future employment,
or to develop new business models in the fashion industry.
Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner. For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.
This orientation is meant to introduce students to current thinking in fashion management. Informed by current and historic principles and thinking in the fashion industry, the course helps students become familiar with the industry and begin to position themselves to explore strategic interventions within existing models to imagine future systemic change. Since much of the program relies on collaboration and a balance of on- and off-site work, the Orientation Workshop is designed to introduce students and faculty, build community within the cohort, and develop a common vocabulary for the work that will be produced. This intensive course prepares students to successfully participate in the program's core classes.
This course introduces students to analysis of the current fashion system and explores strategic interventions within existing models to envision future systemic change. Fashion systems often dictate time through the seasonal structures
of spring/summer and fall/winter and the mid-season structures of cruise and resort. This course involves in-depth analysis of these seasonal structures while also critically exploring conventional systems such as prêt-à-porter,
couture, diffusion line, slow and fast fashion, fragrance, and accessory from a theoretical perspective.
This course explores and compares innovative management methodologies with traditional organizational structures and hierarchies through a global, cross-cultural lens. Leadership principles that govern a variety of roles within
a company and are specific to industry are discussed. Strategizing company culture in view of human dynamics, collaborative models, and conflict resolution case studies provides a framework within which to differentiate a company
and enable it to compete in the HR landscape.
This course explores prevailing frameworks of innovation such as reverse, open, and disruptive innovation, as well as Doblin’s ten types of innovation, to identify and categorize contemporary practices. We examine the ways in which
innovators describe their own innovations and processes to compare and assess them in terms of their validity and applicability within the business of fashion. We also look at various ways new technology is changing the landscape.
For this course, students meet with a faculty mentor during Orientation to plan an individual research project. The proposal and the development and completion of this work happen online. Presentation sessions are part of the module
learning and its assessment. In these sessions, students present a potential project to peers and faculty, examining possible outcomes and problems of methodology and practice, referring to earlier or current examples of that
mode of research, and engaging in dialogue with stakeholders, fashion business peers, and faculty.
This fashion system course is designed to provide students with all of the core foundational elements necessary to start, run, and grow their own business in fashion products and services. Students begin by developing the concept
for their company, analyzing the segment of the fashion industry they wish to enter, and identifying the consumer or business-to-business need, want, and/or “white space.”
This studio course, conducted in collaboration with external partners and industry professionals, explores diverse product life-cycle systems while building a strategic understanding of the value chain. Students acquire a functional
vocabulary of global merchandising jargon related to product/resource development, import/export frameworks, and sourcing matrices.
This course, which involves a project-based external partnership, offers an overview of the principles, procedures, and applications involved in successful retailing. The class examines the functions and structures of retailing
and learns how they serve society. Students explore promotion, global retailing, location, and image development as well as new technologies used in successful retail organizations.
This studio course, which is supported by external partners, explores the relationships between marketing, brand perception, communication, and brand value as a connected system in the fashion industry. Teams of students are paired
with an external industry partner to address contemporary issues related to communicating the core values and codes of a brand.
This studio course, which is supported by external partners, explores the relationship between fashion branding, design, and the role of product necessary to develop the commercial aesthetics, function, and value of branded textiles
and services in fashion. Teams of students are paired with an external industry partner to address contemporary issues related to branding and learn how to create a brand architecture to generate long-term growth for a fashion
For the research capstone, students develop the intellectual and organizational skills necessary to carry out and complete a major project as an individual body of research, whether it is a case study, business plan, or practical
project with documentation. The course is grounded in bibliographic and IT skills. Different research methods are discussed and critiqued before focused attention is given to one of these methods in sub-groups arranged by discipline
The distinctive structure and schedule of the MPS Fashion Management program make it perfectly suited to the needs of today's professional.
The program is designed to build a cohort of peers who begin the program at the same time and complete the program at the same pace, in the same classes, all together. This ensures that you will build a strong network as the program progresses, with the
convenience of just taking one course at a time. This network will offer you invaluable connections as you move through the program and yield professional relationships that will last long after.
The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a graduate degree that, like a traditional master’s degree (Master of Arts or Master of Science), features rigorous discipline-specific study but focuses more directly on specialized professional skills that
can be applied immediately in business settings.
In contrast to MA and MS degree programs, an MPS degree program:
The New School provides a comprehensive program of financial aid services, including significant institutional scholarship support based on merit and need. All applicants who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are considered for Parsons institutional scholarships. The New School participates in all available federal and state aid programs, including the Federal Pell Grant, Equal Opportunity
Grant, and Federal Family Educational Loan programs.
For more information about FAFSA, university and external scholarships, student loans, campus employment, and other funding resources, visit The New School’s Student Financial Services.
Applicants to all academic programs at Parsons are automatically considered for partial scholarships based on merit. There is no separate application for a merit scholarship.
Fashion Management Panel Discussion Series
February 8, 2019: Leaders in fashion editorial, retail, product development, and ethical and sustainable sourcing practices discuss industry and trends and make recommendations for future leaders. These discussions provide exposure to content and brand partners that will be involved in the MPS.
Panel 1: LEADership watch
Panel 2: A Sustainable Approach watch
The application deadline is January 1. To be most competitive for admission and merit scholarship consideration, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the January 1 priority deadline pending space availability
in the program. The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. Spring term admission is not offered for this program.
Financial Aid Deadline
Merit Scholarships:All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. Scholarship awards are included in applicants’ admission decision letters. International students
are eligible only for merit scholarships.
Federal Student Aid:If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at www.fafsa.gov. The
FAFSA is available each year on October 1. The New School’s federal school code is 002780. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid. Submit your FAFSA by our February 1 FAFSA Priority Deadline.
All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your
application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Some of your required materials may be submitted through SlideRoom:
Parsons School of Design Office of Admission (PS 300) 79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor New York, NY 10003
Keanan Duffty, Program Director
Art, Media, Tech
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