BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Fashion Merchandising and Management

The four-year degree plan was created to demonstrate that it is possible for a student to graduate in four years. The four-year degree option can be completed in eight regular semesters (with one summer internship). Students in MFD are encouraged to complete their programs within four years.

The four-year degree plan assumes the following:

  • No remedial coursework is required
  • The student does not fail any classes and earns a grade of "C" or better in all MFD course work
  • The student does not change minors
  • The student is willing to take an internship during one summer

Also, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that a student may bring with him or her upon admission to the University. Make an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss schedules and options.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.


After your sixth semester, be sure to take MFD 401: Internship in Fashion Merchandising. Successful completion of an internship is required to fulfill degree requirements.

This is a model four year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives, and placement in English and Mathematics.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First Semester (Fall)

GEP 101 or UHC 110 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH130 or Higher 3
MFD 101 Introduction to Fashion 1
MFD 103 Introduction to Fashion Construction 3
MFD 210 Computer Imagery in the Fashion Industry 3
Total hours15

Second Semester (Spring)

ENG 110 Writing I 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
CSC 101 (Course no longer offered. View course number changes.)
Natural World 4
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
MFD 307 Advanced Computer Imagery for the Fashion Industry 3
Total hours17

Third Semester (Fall)

Culture and Society: Humanities Perspective 3
Self-Understanding: Humanities Perspective 3
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MFD 201 History of Fashion 3
MFD 202 Fashion Textiles 3
Total hours15

Fourth Semester (Spring)

Writing II 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
MFD 301 Introduction to Product Development 3
MFD 303 Evaluation of Product Quality 3
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
Total hours15

Fifth Semester (Fall)

Natural World 4
MFD 304 Application of Product Development 3
MFD 305 Pre-Internship Seminar 1
MFD 306 Merchandising Mathematics 3
LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business 3
Total hours14

Sixth Semester (Spring)

HST 121 or HST 122 3
Self-Understanding: Creativity and Vision Perspective 3
MKT 350 Principles of Marketing 3
MFD 360 Visual Merchandising 3
MFD 361 Fashion Show Production 3
Elective(s) 3
Total hours18

Seventh Semester (Fall)

MFD 403 Post-Internship 2
MKT 351 Consumer Market Behavior 3
MGT 340 Principles of Management 3
Elective(s) 7
Total hours15

Eighth Semester (Spring)

MFD 460 Fashion Merchandise Planning 3
MFD 560 Entrepreneurship 3
MKT 354 Principles of Advertising 3
Elective(s) 3
Total hours12

GPA requirements

GPA requirements include a minimum 2.00 Missouri State GPA and a minimum 2.50 combined GPA to be guaranteed admission to the College of Business.