Merchandising and Fashion Design Department

Smiling student fashion designer examining an article of clothing

A most unique career path

Programs within the department of merchandising and fashion design allow students to develop the skills they need to become leaders in the $3 trillion merchandising and digital design industry. Students will gain a global perspective with a focus on both product development and business.

Why Missouri State for MFD?

  • A new state-of-the-art academic lab equipped with Browzwear, Adobe Creative Suite and MockShop visual-retailing tool. 
  • Emphasis on 3D design.
  • Industry connections and networking opportunities. 

Get creative in a diverse environment

Experience a culturally diverse environment and a supportive department. You'll be prepared to excel in a broad range of positions, including creative leadership.

In addition to valuable professional skills, you'll learn about culture, product development and theory -- along with process and product development. You'll graduate with the foundation for a career as a creative, passionate and socially responsible professional, prepared for a wide array of opportunities. Positions range from historic preservation, merchandising specialist, to entrepreneurial design.


Looking for an online degree in business? 

Merchandising and Fashion Design programs are not currently available online due to the experiential and hands-on nature of the course material. However, the College of Business offers several online pathways for certain undergraduate and graduate programs.

Explore our available options:

Inspiring academics

Knowledge based on experience — Missouri State's approach to learning sets you up for success with expert faculty, personalized advising and comprehensive curriculum.

Incredible value

A smart investment in your future — Missouri State delivers enriching opportunities along with affordable costs and extensive financial aid options.

Missouri State University Merchandising Department Recognized in 2019 National Rankings

Top 50 Fashion Merchandising Schools and Colleges in the US - 2019 Rankings

#42 Nationally (top 20% of schools considered)

#9 in the Midwest

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MFD Students Launch Online Magazine

Sartorial Magazine is Missouri State University’s student run, premiere source for all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.