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Oklahoma State University

Graduate Program

Graduate Program


Our Master's Program:

Design, housing and merchandising offers resident graduate work leading to a Master of Science in design, housing and merchandising. The M.S. degree is designed to prepare individuals for careers in business, industry, Extension, and post-secondary or college teaching. In addition, through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) and OSU, we provide a fully-online retail merchandising leadership program. 

DHM offers three areas for graduate study: (1) apparel design and production; (2) interior design; and (3) merchandising. Each provides industry-based curricula taught by nationally recognized faculty in fully equipped design studios and classrooms. The interior design option is accredited by the Council for Interior Design and Accreditation.


For application process and inquiries contact: 

Dr. Gina Peek


MS Degree Plans:
The Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising requires completion of a thesis.

Students pursuing a MS degree with thesis plan in the areas of apparel design and production or interior design may select either a research thesis or a design thesis.  Students pursuing a MS degree with thesis plan in the area of merchandising conduct a research thesis.

The thesis requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, including no fewer than 6 credit hours of DHM 5000 (master's thesis). More than 6 credit hours of DHM 5000 often are necessary to complete the thesis, but no more than 6 credit hours may be counted toward the total credit hours required for the degree.  A minimum of 21 credit hours must be completed at OSU.

For more details on these plans, please see:

Please refer to the DHM Graduate Manual for more information about the thesis plan.