PhD in Merchandising

While you cannot earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Merchandising, some doctoral programs include merchandising as it relates to textiles, apparel and design. Read on to learn about degree and career options, prerequisites and courses. Schools offering Fashion Design & Merchandising degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kind of Merchandising Doctorates Can I Earn?

If you're looking for a doctorate related to merchandising, you can enroll in a variety of Ph.D. programs. For example, you can enroll in a program oriented on human environmental sciences. You can also enroll in a program that focuses on international merchandising for textiles or on apparel, design and merchandising. On-campus study is common for these topics; it's unlikely that these programs will be offered through online learning.

Why Should I Earn a Ph.D.?

Because there are a variety of programs with different objectives, the material you'll cover in a doctoral program will vary according to the program you choose. Regardless of which program you choose, you'll also be prepared for a career in teaching or research.

Programs oriented on human environmental sciences can prepare you for a career in merchandising that deals with human behavior issues in consumer decisions. A Ph.D. program that focuses on international textile merchandising or apparel and design merchandising prepares you for a career in manufacturing, product development and retail.

What Do I Need to Enroll?

You'll need to earn a master's degree in merchandising, textiles, fashion, consumer science or a related field before you enroll in a Ph.D. program. Often, you'll also need to submit a statement outlining your career goals and how earning your doctorate will support those goals. Depending upon previous coursework, you may need to fulfill prerequisites in textile manufacturing, chemistry or product testing before (or while) pursuing a doctorate.

What Can I Learn?

Specialized study will vary by the type of program you pursue. However, most programs will have requirements in research, statistics, computer science and merchandising practices.

Specializations are available in areas such as design, consumer behavior, merchandising management and historic textile manufacturing, which covers costumes and the preservation of historic pieces. You can also pursue interdisciplinary specializations in technology or a specific consumer demographic, such as the elderly.

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