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)

Total hours15
ENG 110 Writing I 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
MFD 101 Introduction to Fashion 1
MFD 103 Introduction to Fashion Construction 3
MTH-130 or above 3

Second Semester (Spring)

Total hours15
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
or ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing
MFD 202 Fashion Textiles 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3

Third Semester (Fall)

Total hours16
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
MFD 201 History of Fashion 3
MFD 210 Computer Imagery in the Fashion Industry 3
Natural World with Lab 4
Elective 3

Fourth Semester (Spring)

Total hours15
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MFD 301 Introduction to Product Development 3
MFD 303 Evaluation of Product Quality 3
MFD 307 Advanced Computer Imagery for the Fashion Industry 3
Natural World 3

Fifth Semester (Fall)

Total hours16
MFD 304 Application of Product Development 3
MFD 305 Pre-Internship Seminar 1
MFD 306 Merchandising Mathematics 3
MKT 350 Principles of Marketing 3
Human Culture - Humanities 3
Elective 3

Sixth Semester (Spring)

Total hours15
MFD 360 Visual Merchandising 3
MFD 361 Fashion Show Production 3
MFD 460 Fashion Merchandise Planning 3
MKT 351 Consumer Market Behavior 3
Human Cultures - Arts 3

Seventh Semester (Fall)

Total hours14
MFD-401 Internship (should be completed the previous summer) 4
LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business 3
MFD 403 Post-Internship 2
MKT 354 Principles of Advertising 3
Cultural Competence 3
Elective 3

Eighth Semester (Spring)

Total hours15
MFD 560 Entrepreneurship 3
MGT 340 Principles of Management 3
Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
Electives 6

GPA & credit hour requirements

Electives, as needed to bring total credit hours to 125 and upper division hours (300+) to 40.

GPA requirements include a minimum 2.00 Missouri State GPA and a minimum 2.00 combined GPA.