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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fashion Design and Product Innovation/Fashion and Apparel Studies 4+1 (BS/MS)

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Program Requirements:

The 4+1 program allows Fashion Design and Product Innovation (FDPI) majors who desire more education than the undergraduate major can provide to complete a master’s degree in half the time.

The Bachelor of Science degree in FDPI requires 124 credits.  An additional 31 graduate level credits are required for the Master of Science degree.  Up to 12 credits of graduate courses taken in the junior and senior years can be dual counted towards both BS and MS degrees.  In the freshmen and sophomore years and first semester of the junior year, students follow the FDPI curriculum as outlined in the undergraduate catalog. During the second semester of the junior year and the senior year a minimum of 12 graduate credits at the 600 and 800 levels will be completed.  Upon completion of the 4-year undergraduate degree, students will immediately begin taking the remaining graduate credits over a 1-year period.  The Bachelor of Science degree and the Master of Science degree will be awarded after completion of the master’s program.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants for admission meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled at the University of Delaware in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies pursuing an undergraduate major in FDPI.
  • A minimum of 60 undergraduate credits and a GPA equivalent to at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in all prior undergraduate college-level course work.
  • Students must also take the GRE or GMAT; however, the GRE/GMAT is waived if a student has a 3.5 GPA or higher. 
  • Candidates for admission must submit a personal statement describing interests, intellectual goals, and how this program would meet their goals and objectives.
  • Admission to the 4+1 program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

When to Apply

Students will apply for admission to the 4+1 Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies program in the fall semester of the junior year.  However, any undergraduate student interested in applying for the program is encouraged to make their interest known to their advisor as early as the freshman year. ​

Last Revised for 2021-2022 Academic Year