LIM College's new logoLIM College, which is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, has received approval from the New York State Board of Regents to launch a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree program in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management.

The 30-credit program is designed to provide students who hold bachelor’s degrees in fields other than fashion with comprehensive knowledge that will allow them to pursue successful careers in the areas of merchandising and retail management. Full-time students will complete the program, which includes an internship, in three semesters throughout one calendar year.

Ideal for professionals who seek an accelerated graduate degree and career support to make a transition into the fashion industry, LIM College plans to begin MPS classes in January of 2013.

According to Elizabeth S. Marcuse, President of LIM College, “The MPS program was developed specifically with the industry’s evolving needs in mind. With the global expansion of domestic and international retailers, manufacturers, and distributors, as well as the rapid growth of advanced technologies, the outlook for career opportunities in fashion merchandising and retail management is robust.”

Says Dr. Milan Milasinovic, LIM College’s Vice President for Graduate Studies, “Employers are now actively recruiting master’s degree recipients to help them navigate the demands of an increasingly numbers-driven global market. LIM College MPS graduates will be uniquely positioned to fulfill this need.”

Participants will acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge of fashion merchandising and retail management with an emphasis on global trends, merchandising, retailing, product development, consumption, and business development. Graduates will be prepared to apply their mastery of key concepts within retail fashion management relating to merchandising, sales and consumer behavior, retailing (both store operations and leadership), and product management. There will also be an emphasis on further developing the management skills needed for success in this field, including leadership, team-building, and oral and written communications.