Consumer and Design Sciences - ABM

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Curriculum for the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program (ABM) offers outstanding students in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences an opportunity to earn both the bachelor's and the master's degrees in less time and at less cost than usual. 

Two Consumer and Design Sciences undergraduate majors (Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management or Interior Design) can lead to a Master of Science in Consumer and Design Sciences in the ABM track. Below are example curricula for a student in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management or Interior Design pursing the MS in Consumer and Design Sciences. 

Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management

The ABM in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management (AMDP) degree program will provide an opportunity for highly motivated and academically strong students to gain a depth of understanding of apparel merchandising, design, and product development beyond that of typical bachelor's level graduates. It should make them more competitive in the job market or for additional graduate studies. The ABM program allows these exceptional students to count up to nine hours toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. 

Students with at least 45 credit hours but no more than 96 and a 3.4 GPA will be eligible to apply for the program.  Applications for the ABM Program will consist of plans of study for both the Bachelor of Science in AMDP and the Master of Science in Consumer and Design Sciences. Applications will be due October 1 in the Fall of the Junior Year.  Upon approval by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, the Graduate Program Officer and the Department Head, students will be admitted to the accelerated program and may register in the 6000-level courses at the appropriate time in their plan of study. This would begin in the spring of the junior year of their undergraduate program and continue until the last semester in the normal bachelor's degree program at which time the B.S. degree will be awarded. 

The Master of Science in Consumer and Design Sciences would be completed in May of the second year in the advanced degree program.  Nearing or on completion of the BS degree, students must apply to the Graduate School and be accepted into the MS program in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences.

All undergraduate students enrolled in the program will be required to meet with the undergraduate program coordinator each semester before registering.  Graduate students will have a major professor directing their thesis research. The Graduate Program Officer is available as needed. Please see the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences website for additional information.

Below is a chart of all the approved courses that can be taken in the ABM program and what course that replaces at the undergraduate level.

CodeTitleHours
CADS 6450History Of Costume (Replaces CADS 5450 History Of Costume)3
CADS 6460Fashion Industry Since 1910 (Replaces CADS 5460 Fashion Industry Since 1910)3
CADS 6500Apparel Merchandising Portfolio (Replaces CADS 5500 Apparel Merchandising Portfolio)2
CADS 6510Digital Retailing for Apparel (Replaces CADS 5510 Digital Retailing for Apparel)3
CADS 6600Global Sourcing in Textiles and Apparel (Replaces CADS 5600 Global Sourcing in Textiles and Apparel)3
CADS 6610Global Retailing Strategies for Textile and Apparel Products (Replaces CADC 5610 Global Retailing Strategies for Textile and Apparel Products)3
CADS 6700Entrepreneurship in Apparel and Interiors (Replaces CADS 5700 Entrepreneurship in Apparel and Interiors)3
CADS 6750Apparel Line Development (Replaces CADS 5750 Apparel Line Development)4
CADS 6760Fashion Analysis and Forecasting (Replaces CADS 5760 Fashion Analysis and Forecasting)3
CADS 6850Apparel Merchandising and Retail Management (Replaces CADS 5850 Apparel Merchandising and Retail Management)4
CADS 6860Advanced Retail Buying (Replaces CADS 5860 Advanced Retail Buying)3

Junior/Senior Year for Students in ABM - Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management

Courses marked with an asterisk are those that can be substituted by graduate level courses by students enrolled in the ABM program to meet up to nine undergraduate hours during their junior and senior year and up to nine graduate hours to be used toward their graduate degree.

Junior
SpringHours
CADS 3850 Merchandise Planning and Control3
*CADS 5600 Global Sourcing in Textiles and Apparel3
NTRI 2000 Nutrition And Health3
Core Literature3
Core Science Sequence 4
Senior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CADS 4800 Apparel Engineering4*CADS 5450 History Of Costume UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed0
*CADS 5460 Fashion Industry Since 19103*CADS 5750 Apparel Line Development4CADS 4930 Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management Internship8
*CADS 5760 Fashion Analysis And Forecasting3*Professional Electives7 
Core Social Science3  

Accelerated Master of Science in Consumer and Design Sciences 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CADS 7040 Protocol for Graduate Study1CADS electives to support career goals10
CADS 7060 Survey of Consumer and Design Sciences Research3 
CADS electives to support career goals6 
 10 10
Total Hours: 20

Interior Design

The accelerated BS/MS in Interior Design (INDS) degree program will provide an opportunity for highly motivated and academically strong students to gain a depth of understanding of Interior Design beyond that of typical bachelor's level graduates. It should make them more competitive in the job market or for additional graduate studies. The ABM program allows these exceptional students to count up to nine hours toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees.

Students with at least 45 credit hours but no more than 96 and a 3.4 GPA will be eligible to apply for the program. Applications for the accelerated BS/MS in INDS will consist of plans of study for both the Bachelor of Science in INDS and the Master of Science in Consumer and Design Sciences. Applications will be due October 1 in the Fall of the Junior Year. Upon approval by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, the Graduate Program Officer and the Department Head, students will be admitted to the accelerated program and may register in the 6000-level courses at the appropriate time in their plan of study. This would begin in the fall of the senior year of their undergraduate program and continue until the last semester in the normal bachelor's degree program at which time the B.S. degree will be awarded.

The Master of Science in Consumer and Design Sciences would be completed in May of the second year in the advanced degree program. Nearing or on completion of the BS degree, students must apply to the Graduate School and be accepted into the MS program in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences.

All undergraduate students enrolled in the program will be required to meet with the undergraduate program coordinator each semester before registering. Graduate students will have a major professor directing their thesis research. The Graduate Program Officer is available as needed. 

Please see the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences website for additional information.

Below is a chart of all the approved courses that can be taken in the ABM program and what course that replaces at the undergraduate level.

CodeTitleHours
CADS 6100Interior Design Studio: Commercial (Replaces CADS 5100 Interior Design Studio: Commercial)
CADS 6150Global Issues in Interior Design (Replaces CADS 5150 Global Issues in Interior Design)3
CADS 6200Interior Design Portfolio (Replaces CADS 5200 Interior Design Portfolio)3
CADS 6300Interior Design Studio: Hospitality (Replaces CADS 5300 Interior Design Studio: Hospitality)4
CADS 6310Sustainable Design and LEED Accreditation (Replaces CADS 5310 Sustainable Design and LEED Accreditation)3
CADS 6350Interior Design Studio: Advanced Design Project (Replaces CADS 5350 Interior Design Studio: Advanced Design Project)4
CADS 6400Interior Design Studio: Design for Health and Wellness (Replaces CADS 400 Interior Design Studio: Design for Health and Wellness)4

Senior Year for Students in ABM - Interior Design

Courses marked with an asterisk are those that can be substituted by graduate level courses by students enrolled in the ABM program to meet up to nine undergraduate hours during their senior year and up to nine graduate hours to be used toward their graduate degree.

Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
*CADS 5300 Interior Design Studio: Hospitality4CADS 5350 Interior Design Studio: Advanced Design Project4
CADS 4200 Interior Design Senior Seminar1Core Social Sciences3
*Professional Electives6*Professional Elective3
Core Social Sciences3Core Humanities - PHIL3
 UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed0

Accelerated Master of Science in Consumer and Design Sciences 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CADS 7040 Protocol for Graduate Study1CADS electives to support career goals10
CADS 7060 Survey of Consumer and Design Sciences Research3 
CADS electives to support career goals8 
 12 10
Total Hours: 22