Global Fashion Enterprise (M.S.)

Program Director: Tom Fung

Program Description

The M.S. in Global Fashion Enterprise (MSGFE) program expands the career horizons of forward-thinking professionals and with diverse backgrounds in fashion design, merchandising, management, and other industries who want a competitive edge, valuable connections, and real-world experience in the evolving fashion industry. Students benefit from a focus on global fashion development and an appreciation of apparel ecosystems throughout the value chain. Graduates of the MSGFE program possess the skills, knowledge and industry networks to bring value-added innovation to the fashion industry and to manage a thriving global fashion enterprise successfully.

In a hands-on learning environment, students examine new fashion designs, ideas and technologies to create viable business models and market-driven innovations. In addition to the 22 core credit-hours, the MSGFE program culminates in a customized 9 credit hours of Global Fashion Project coursework where students from varying backgrounds work individually or in teams to find new product or system opportunities, then design and prototype products or systems that answer the requirements of their research findings. Students benefit by working directly with successful fashion and apparel companies as they complete their projects, creating networking opportunities that may translate into exciting internship and employment opportunities.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1: Global Competency in Fashion Ecosystems

Students will: 

• Evaluate and utilize global fashion value chain innovations and best practices in solving industry problems and tapping opportunities.
• Identify multicultural influences on the conduct of business throughout the global apparel value chain, including ethical issues.

Goal #2: Technical Competency in Fashion Ecosystems

Students will:

• Evaluate and leverage technologies and metrics in driving fashion industry performance.
• Integrate material and product analysis and lifecycle assessments throughout the fashion value chain.

Goal #3: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fashion Ecosystems

Students will:

• Compile new fashion designs/ideas/technologies into business models and actionable plans.


Global Fashion Enterprise Curriculum

Course Number Course Title Credits
IMBF-504* Financial and Managerial Accounting 1.5
IMBF-505* Financial Management 1.5
IMBF-508* Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions 1.5
GFEF-501* Prototyping 3
GFEF-505* Apparel Production 3
IMBF-510* Operations Management 1.5
GFE-600 Fashion Immersion 3
GFE-611 Product Development/ Entrepreneurship 3
GFE-612 Technology in Fashion 3
GFE-621 Fashion Global Marketing and Sourcing 3
GFE-732A Global Fashion Seminar I 0.5 
GFE-732B Global Fashion Seminar II 0.5 
GFE-734 Fashion Supply Chain Management 3
GFE-759 Product Evaluation 3
or GFE-793
Fashion Internship
or Global Fashion Networking 
Total Core Course Credits 22-34
GFE-721 Global Fashion Project I 3
GFE-722 Global Fashion Project II 3
GFE-723 Global Fashion Project III 3
Total Program Credits 31-43
*Qualified students may receive Advanced Standing waivers for these courses based on prior learning, experience and demonstrated skills or competencies.