MSU fashion design, merchandising programs again in U.S. Top 50

Author: Sasha Steinberg

faculty and students over fabric on a table

For the second consecutive year, a popular fashion website is ranking Mississippi State among the nationís Top 50 fashion design and merchandising programs. In addition to these two programs, the universityís School of Human Sciences offers degree programs in agricultural science, agricultural education, leadership and communications, and human development and family science. Pictured in the universityís Moore Hall studio classroom are Charles Freeman, MSU assistant professor of fashion design and merchandising, and former students Jesse Newton and Laura Richardson.  (Photo by Megan Bean)

A popular online resource for students seeking information on fashion careers and academic programs again is listing Mississippi State among the nation's Top 50.

According to a report from, the university's fashion design program is 34th overall and fifth in the South.

For fashion merchandising, MSU is 37th nationally; 9th in the South.

In addition to profiling the many fashion-based professions, the site provides information about individual institutions' academic degree requirements. Rankings are based on scholastic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of curricula and faculty members, value related to tuition and indebtedness, and geographic location. For details, see

"When a potential student begins looking online for fashion programs, it is great that Mississippi State is listed in this group of Top 50 fashion schools," said Professor Michael E. Newman, who directs the School of Human Sciences in which the programs are offered.

"Our programs are growing rapidly because we have great faculty, students and alumni who are getting our name out there," he added.

Students in the School of Human Sciences at MSU can choose between either fashion design and merchandising, human development and family science, agricultural science, or agricultural education, leadership and communications. Youth development, child life, and family and consumer sciences teacher education are other concentrations also being offered in the School of Human Sciences, Newman said.

Learn more about MSU's School of Human Sciences and its degree programs online at

Date: 2017-06-09

Human Sciences