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Global Fashion Enterprise (M.S.)

Program Director: Tom Fung

Program Description

For students who want a competitive edge, valuable connections, and real-world experience in the evolving fashion industry, 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. 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. 

PhilaU’s active, collaborative approach to education in our Nexus Learning model is the foundation of this program’s curriculum. In a hands-on learning environment, students examine new fashion designs, ideas and technologies to create viable business models and market-driven innovation. In addition to the 22 core credit-hours, the MSGFE program culminates in 9 credits of Global Fashion Project courses. This unique experience allows for significant customization for students to meet career aspirations. In these courses, students from disparate backgrounds work in teams to find new product or system opportunities, then design and prototype functional products or systems that answer the requirements of their research findings. Students also benefit from the projects by working directly with successful fashion and apparel companies. Regular meetings with outside project stakeholders take place to give students networking opportunities that may translate into exciting internship and employment opportunities.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1: Global Competency in Fashion Ecosystems

Students will: 

  1. Evaluate and utilize global fashion value chain innovations and best practices in solving industry problems and tapping opportunities.
  2. 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:

  1. Evaluate and leverage technologies and metrics in driving fashion industry performance.
  2. integrate assessments throughout the fashion value chain.

Goal #3: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fashion Ecosystems

Students will:

  1. Use information literacy skills to acquire and process the information necessary to guide strategic decisions.
  2. Compile new fashion designs/ideas/technologies into business models and actionable plans.

Curriculum

Foundation Courses (must be taken prior to the M.S. in Global Fashion Enterprise)

IMBF-504 Financial and Managerial Accounting (1.5 credit hours)
IMBF-505 Financial Management (1.5 credit hours)
IMBF-508 Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions (1.5 credit hours)
FASHMGT-101 Survey of the Global Apparel Industry (3.0 credit hours)
GFEF-501 Garment Development (3.0 credit hours)
GFEF-505 Apparel Production (3.0 credit hours)
IMBF-510 Operations Management (3.0 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours: 31 Credits 

Core Courses: 22 Credit Hours    

GFE-600 Fashion Immersion (3 credits)
GFE-611 Product Development/Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
GFE-612 Computer Technology for Fashion (3 credits)
GFE-621 Global Fashion Marketing & Sourcing  
GFE-732A Global Fashion Seminar I (.5 credits)
GFE-732B Global Fashion Seminar II (.5 credits)
GFE-734 Fashion Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
TXE-759 Product Evaluation (3 credits)
GFE-791 Fashion Internship
OR
(3 credits)
GFE-793 Global Fashion Networking (3 credits)

PROJECT COURSEWORK:  9 CREDIT HOURS

GFE-7X1 Global Fashion Project 1 (3 credits)
GFE-7X2 Global Fashion Project 2 (3 credits)
GFE-7X3 Global Fashion Project 3 (3 credits)