Business & Management
Fashion Merchandising

If you love the world of fashion but consider business mechanics and the art of the sale more enticing than design, or if you're more interested in seeing your company's clothes on customers' bodies than on a designer's computer screen, a degree in Fashion Merchandising may be the perfect fit.

Types of Degrees

Fashion Merchandising students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree but usually results in opportunities with a lower starting salary than if one obtained a bachelor's degree. Fashion Merchandising students can expect to learn about advertising, store design and planning, visual merchandising, and the business logistics of getting clothes from designer to store to consumer.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and work experience in fashion, retail, business, or customer service helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Fashion Merchandising Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Fashion Merchandising include:

  • Market Research Analysts
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Market Research Analysts was $63,790 in 2019 (1)while Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents earned a median salary of $69,600 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.