2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 08, 2020  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Design, Merchandising, and Consumer Sciences


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Masters students learn to use data for insight, improvement, and innovation. Their preparation makes them more aware, flexible, and proactive toward rapidly changing consumer profiles so that they will deliver an improved customer experience.

Courses offered in Merchandising support the Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences degree program at South Dakota State University. Students enrolled in the degree program will develop an enhanced understanding of the global retail environment and their own leadership potential. The Merchandising specialization has been developed by faculty from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). Courses are entirely internet-based and are taught by faculty within the Alliance (Colorado State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, and South Dakota State University).

Courses offered in Interior Design support the Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences degree program at South Dakota State University. Students may select courses in Interior Design to support their Graduate Program. These courses are not currently scheduled, as the Graduate Program in Interior Design is currently inactive. Refer to College of Family and Consumer Sciences section for specifc details.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Science:  Option A
                                Option B
                                Option C

Certificate


For current information on both options, refer to the Great Plains IDEA Merchandising Master’s at http://gpidea.sdstate.edu/GPIdeaMer.htm.

Students can also earn a certificate in Merchandising by completing 12 credit hours as follows:

Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79-80 Internet-based

The Department requires all applicants to submit a current resume and short (2-3 pages) essay indicating professional goals and how completion of a master’s degree will assist in meeting these goals. This statement will be used for two purposes: first, to assess the fit between the student’s educational/career goals and the academic program; and second, to assess the student’s written communication skills. Refer to College of Family and Consumer Sciences section for specific details.

General Requirements (Master’s Degree)


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

See Master’s Degree Requirements.

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