Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies, Ph.D.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a current resume and a one to two-page goals statement. Statements should clearly outline career goals, relevant work experience, and reason for pursuing a graduate degree; address why the Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies program is of interest; and include specific areas of research interest related to the department’s graduate program emphasis. Of the three letters of reference, one should be written by a former instructor or academic contact.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: Requires minimum of 60 hours (minimum of 90 hours beyond the BS)
|Required Core Courses||21|
|Graduate Seminar in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies|
|Literature and Thought in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies|
|Theory Development in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies|
|Qualitative Methodology in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies|
|Advanced Quantitative Methods in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies|
|Consumer Behavior in Apparel and Retailing|
|Behavior-Soft Lines Consumers|
|Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral and Biological Sciences I|
|Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral and Biological Sciences II|
Select 9 hours *
Select 3 hours from available CRS 600-and 700-level courses **
|Research and Dissertation||15|
|Select 15 hours of the following:|
|Independent Doctoral Research|
|College Teaching Practicum in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies|
In consultation with the student's chair and Advisory/Dissertation Committee, the student will identify a supporting area that will enrich and expand his or her research interest. The student will take a minimum of 9 hours within this area.
As approved by the student's chair in consultation with the Advisory/Dissertation Committee.
Preliminary and Final Oral Examination
The student should consult the Advisory/Dissertation Committee section of The Graduate School Bulletin. The graduate advisor must be from the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies and one member must be from outside the CARS Department. The committee must be chosen no later than upon the completion of the first 18 semester hours.