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 innovation. 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 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: 

  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 material and product analysis and lifecycle 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.


Foundation Courses 

IMBF-504 Financial and Managerial Accounting (1.5 credits)
IMBF-505 Financial Management (1.5 credits)
IMBF-508 Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions (1.5 credits)
FASHMGT-101 Survey of the Global Apparel Industry (3 credits)
GFEF-501 Prototyping (3 credits)
GFEF-505 Apparel Production (3credits)
IMBF-510 Operations Management (1.5 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 15 Credits 

Students with satisfactory equivalent undergraduate or graduate records may have some or all of these foundation courses waived. To be exempt from foundation courses, the following criteria must be met:

  • A grade of “B-” or better in undergraduate equivalents
  • Waived courses must be approved by the G.F.E. Program Director
  • Courses must have been taken within seven years of matriculation into the G.F.E. program
  • Undergraduate equivalents must be from an accredited university or college

Prospective students with significant business experience in a given area may waive one or more foundation courses by satisfactorily completing a proficiency examination offered by the University or satisfactorily performing on the appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey.

Core Courses:

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 (3 credits)
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
(3 credits)
GFE-793 Global Fashion Networking (3 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 22 Credits 

Project Coursework: 

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

Total Credit Hours: 9 Credits