Textile and Apparel Studies Concentration—Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences

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Program description

The Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Science (Textile and Apparel Studies Concentration) offers a flexible program for students interested in advancing their knowledge of the fashion industry within a human ecological framework.

The program is appropriate for students interested in pursuing management level positions in organizations that design, produce and market apparel and related products. The program also serves students planning to pursue a doctorate in preparation for a career in academia. The program offers a personalized approach to advanced study in apparel and textiles. Students will work closely with graduate faculty to develop a plan of study and individual research agenda to capitalize on your educational background and professional experience and interests.

The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is designed to build and enhance competency in three core learning domains:

Foundational Skills

  • Ability to, analyze, evaluate and create new ideas or products in the focused area of study

Academic and Research Skills

  • Recognize and develop strategies to solve problems in the apparel and textile field
  • Link theory to practice
  • Writing/APA skills

Professional and Personal Development

  • Collaboration
  • Self-directedness
  • Critical analysis/problem solving

The M.A. in FCS Textile and Apparel Studies concentration may be appropriate for applicants with a bachelor's degree in another discipline. Additional undergraduate coursework may be required for admission to the master's program.

To apply, please visit WMU’s Graduate College Admissions page. International applicants may apply here.



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Courses focus on developing advanced competencies necessary for success in the fashion business or education environment.


Our graduates find success in a wide variety of industry and educational sectors, including as college instructors, marketing executives, brand and quality managers, product developers and international trade association representatives. Graduates have also used their studies as preparation for entry to a doctor of philosophy degree program.


FCS 6220: Practicum in Family and Consumer Sciences (two to six credits)
This practicum gives master's level students an opportunity to apply knowledge and information acquired in the family and consumer sciences academic setting and further develop and refine professional skills with the guidance and assistance of professionals currently working in the field. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences. To plan a practicum, contact Dr. Karen Blaisure (September-April) or Dr. Suzan Smith-Ayers (May-August).