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M.S. IN DESIGN, HOUSING AND MERCHANDISING
The Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising offers graduate coursework leading to a Master of Science in Design, Housing and Merchandising, The Master of Science degree is designed to prepare individuals for careers in business, industry, extension and post-secondary or college teaching.
Graduate education within DHM encompasses three areas of study: 1) apparel design and production, 2) interior design, and 3) merchandising.
The academic background, experience and professional goals of a student are considered
when planning the program of study. Individualized programs of study permit maximum
use of the many educational resources available at OSU. Courses in architecture,
marketing, management, sociology, psychology, history, physical and biological sciences,
education, and from other departments often supplement DHM coursework.
For application process and inquiries, contact Dr. Gina Gould 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:
- Research Thesis Option:
- Design Thesis Option:
Please refer to the DHM Graduate Manual for more information about the thesis plan.