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Business and Computer Science

Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management A.A.S. Degree

Few areas of employment offer a better outlook for trained personnel. Students will find career opportunities in the areas of fashion merchandising, sales promotion, retail advertising, and supportive retail service.

Graduates may find work in department stores, specialty shops, discount stores, as a:

  • Retailing Executive
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Department Manager
  • Executive Trainee
  • Advertising Assistant
  • Assistant Fashion Coordinator

Semester I


Students may select an alternate Computer Science (GE MST) course for which they have appropriate academic advisement and preparation in mathematics, such as CSC-106.


MAT-101 is recommended. Students with the appropriate academic prerequisites, in consultation with their academic advisor, should enroll in an appropriate mathematics course.

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4


Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).


Choose one 3-credit Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).  Courses that have a lecture and lab component require completion of both to fulfill requirement

Total Credits: 60

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Construct and apply visual merchandising and advertising techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate management and customer service techniques which apply to the fashion and retail industries.
  • Distinguish the interrelationships between the consumers and the retailing segments of the industry.
  • Recognize how textiles and non-textiles throughout history influence current styles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students who major in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management transfer to a four-year college or university?

Articulation agreements with public and private institutions offer students who earn the A.A.S. degree the opportunity to transfer all of their coursework to the four-year institution. Students in specialized programs, or who earn an A.A.S. degree should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

What will students learn by studying Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management?

They acquire knowledge in areas of general education, business, retailing and fashion. Students apply classroom theory to onthe-job situations through a cooperative education work experience or internships. Classes prepare them for actual situations in retailing through multimedia instruction and a fully equipped retail laboratory offers students realistic preparation.

Are there any requirements before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate course. 

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions. Not all FMR courses are offered every semester both day and evening. Please call the department chair at 732.906.2594 to discuss course offerings for future semesters.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at NJTransfer.org to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.