The master’s program in Fashion Management at Parsons prepares students to advance and transform their careers in the evolving fashion business landscape. This one-year Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree can be completed either on campus in NYC or, starting in fall 2020, online. Students learn to create groundbreaking ideas and approaches for fashion businesses, start-ups, and fashion-related services. They graduate with in-depth knowledge of 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 from international students needing a visa to study in the United States.
The MPS in Fashion Management immerses students in study of the fashion industry as an interconnected system. The 12-month program addresses aspects of the rapidly changing fashion industry including technology, innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship,
consumer psychology, strategic management, and new business models. Students engage in conversation about the balance of creativity and commerce, the way 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 previous 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 dynamic MPS curriculum features cohort-style learning and consists of a series of intensive, five-week course modules. Students can choose to complete the program either on campus in NYC or 100% online. Both formats are designed for close interaction with faculty and peers and offer a schedule that is specially designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Whether you chose to apply to be an on-campus or online student, admission and course requirements are the same.
Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers in fashion and brand management, including fashion styling, fashion production, fashion editorial, fashion merchandising, brand management, fashion marketing, advertising, and visual merchandising.
Students in the Fashion Management MPS program can choose to complete their degree either entirely online or entirely on campus. Learn more about the unique features and benefits of each mode of study:
This 12-month program consists of a fixed series of intensive, five-week course modules. Both on-campus and online students follow the same sequence of courses throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Students have opportunities 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.
In this studio course, conducted in collaboration with external partners and industry professionals, students explore 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 and resource development, import/export frameworks, and sourcing matrices.
In this course, innovative management methodologies are explored and compared 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, 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 way the relationship between fashion branding, design, and the role of "product" shapes the development of 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 brand.
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.
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 subgroups arranged by discipline
Keanan Duffty, Program Director of MPS Fashion Management, in conversation with leaders in fashion editorial, retail, product development, and ethical and sustainable sourcing practices.
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 2. To be most competitive for admission and merit scholarship consideration, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the 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. 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 application 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
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