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) can also be completed online. Students learn to develop groundbreaking ideas and approaches for fashion businesses, start-ups, and fashion-related services. They graduate with in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in global and local manufacturing, ethical production, value chains, marketing, and merchandising.
Students in this program benefit from the academic leadership, resources, and industry networks that have placed Parsons at the forefront of fashion education.
The MPS in Fashion Management immerses students in the fashion industry as a 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 ways 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 dynamic MPS curriculum features cohort-style learning and consists of a series of five-week intensive course modules. Students can choose to complete the program either on campus in NYC or 100 percent online.
Both formats allow for close interaction with faculty and peers and offer a schedule that is specially designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Admission and course requirements are the same whether you choose to apply for on-campus or
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.
The 12-month curriculum consists of fall, spring, and summer semesters. The program begins with a one-week orientation seminar that provides a deep dive into the New York City fashion industry, including guest speakers and retail visits.
Each semester consists of five-week intensive course modules and one semester-long course. On-campus and online students follow the same sequence of courses.
Each on-campus course meets on Friday evenings and incorporates two intensive weekends, in the first and final weeks. Sample MPS Fashion Management Schedule.
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 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
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
The Fashion Management MPS features a unique mentorship experience that deepens your education and accelerates your career development. During your first semester, you attend a mentor networking evening on the Parsons campus and are then paired with a
fashion industry mentor who aligns with your career and research interests. Mentors include highly regarded fashion executives and creatives with extensive knowledge and networks.
Throughout the program, you engage one-on-one with your mentor using formats and with a frequency that benefit you most. You can meet by video conference, phone, and email, and in person when convenient.
Current and recent professional mentors include leading professionals from companies and organizations such as:
A number of Parsons board members and alumni also serve as mentors.
NYC industry mentors in Parson’s Fashion Management accelerated master’s program help you retool your career or enter the global field of apparel. Throughout the one-year program, seasoned professionals work directly with you, sharing connections and insights on all facets revolutionizing the evolving industry—from ethical and environmentally sustainable production to marketing, merchandising, and e-commerce. Choose from on-campus and online study options. Transform your future and the industry as well.
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 on-campus version of the MPS Fashion Management program is ideal for students living and working in New York City. The structure is perfectly suited to the needs of today's professional.
As a rule, students must stay in their program cohort, as either on-site or online students. 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 students build a strong network as the program progresses, with the convenience of taking just one course at a time. However, students facing extenuating circumstances may speak with the program director about switching formats.
While online students can complete the program from anywhere in the world, the curriculum and courses are deeply rooted in New York City as the fashion business capital of the world. Online students benefit from exclusive content such as video interviews
with industry leaders recorded on-site in important NYC locations. They also participate in virtual site visits to retail venues, showrooms, and fashion headquarters throughout the city.
In addition, we encourage online students living near or planning to visit NYC to take part in the weeklong orientation seminar in person on the Parsons campus. (You also have the option of completing a fully online version of the seminar.) With prior
permission, you can arrange to attend on-site lectures and events related to the program. You also have full access to campus facilities such as libraries, study areas, and making centers.
Online students can access the full range of services provided by The New School’s Career Development and Experience (office. This
includes internship support, online job boards, and individualized career advising consultations.
All synchronous (real-time) components of the program are developed and scheduled based on the composition of the student body to accommodate all time zones as effectively as possible. Keep in mind that synchronous sessions are essential and require approximately
two hours per week. All other synchronous work is group based and is scheduled on your own time.
The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a graduate degree that, like a traditional master’s degree (Master of Arts or Master of Science), requires 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 Office of Financial Aid.
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.
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:
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Keanan Duffty, Program Director
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