School of Business and Technology

Applications accepted for fall and spring.      NYSED: 20789       HEGIS 0509 

The major in Fashion Business Management equips students with the knowledge and skills required to compete in today's international marketplace. Students are prepared to assume positions in the omnichannels of retailing, as buyers, sales managers, planners, and product developers, as well as positions in the wholesale and merchandising areas. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2019. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFM 325 - Financial Assortment and Planning3
FM 361 - Leadership Development for Retailing3
RELATED AREAMG 306 - Information Systems: Case Analysis2
LIBERAL ARTSEN 321 - Strategies of Business Communication3
MA 321 - Data Analysis for Business Applications
  or 322 - Statistics, Machine Learning, and Data Mining
choice - see Liberal Arts / Foreign Language* G83
Semester 6
MAJOR AREASpecialization Choice3
LIBERAL ARTSSS 242 - Microeconomics3
MA 300 - The Mathematics of Financial Life Management, 311 - Mathematical Modeling for Business Applications,
  or 331 - Calculus
choice - see Liberal Arts / Foreign Language*3
choice - see Liberal Arts / Speech*3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFM 424 - Global Merchandising3
Specialization Choice3
choice - see Major Area Electives**3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts / Economics*3
choice - see Liberal Arts / Social Science 3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFM 422 - Merchandising Strategies3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Internship*** or Major Area Elective**3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts Elective*6
PL 300 - Business Ethics3
 Total Credits: 62

Specialization Options 

Buying and Planning Specialization

Semester 6
FM 322Fashion Inventory Management3
Semester 7
FM 423Fashion Planning and Allocation3

Product Development Specialization

Semester 6
FM 341Computer-Aided Product Development I3
Semester 7
FM 441Computer-Aided Product Development II3

Fashion Management Specialization

Semester 6
FM 324Business of Licensing3
Semester 7
FM 431Sales Management3

Fall 2019 Requirementssee below

* Liberal Arts: 36 credits

  • English: 6 credits.  EN 321 and CHOICE of EN 241, EN 242, EN 243, EN 244, EN 245, or EN 342
  • Economics: 6 credits.  SS 242 and CHOICE of SS 302, SS 339SS 343, SS 345, SS 442SS 443, or SS 445 or SS 446 or any other 300- to 400-level Economics course   
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8)
  • Mathematics: 6 credits. Students must complete MA 222 prior to enrolling in CHOICE of MA 321 or MA 322 in the fifth semester. CHOICE of MA 300 or MA 311 or MA 331 in the sixth semester.
  • Philosophy: 3 credits. PL 300
  • Other World Civilizations: 3 credits. CHOICE of SS 354 or SS 374 (either one of these meets General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9)
  • Liberal Arts electives: 6 credits. Select two (2) courses from Liberal Arts courses from the following subject areas:
    AB (Arabic), CH (Chinese), EN (English), FI (Film & Media) - any FI course other than FI 205, 261, 361, 461, 362, and 462FR (French), HA (History of Art),  HE (Health Education) 201, 301, IT (Italian), JA (Japanese), MU (Music), HI (History), MA (Math), MC (Modern Languages & Cultures), PE (Physical Education & Dance) 215, 216, 217, PL (Philosophy), PO (Portuguese), SC (Science), SP (Spanish), and SS (Social Science). 

**Major Area Electives/Internship: 6 credits.

CHOICE of two electives or one elective and one internship for 6 credits total: 

Internship: IC 497

Evening/Weekend Option:
A four-semester evening/weekend option is available for this degree program (see Curricula Overview or visit the FIT website at The sequence of courses is the same as that listed on this page.

NOTE: Students must have taken the following courses prior to entering the program: FM 114 and 244MG 153MA 222SS 141, and TS 111.

Upon graduating from the Fashion Business Management BS program, students will be skilled in the following

  1. Business Fundamentals: Students will be able to make informed decisions utilizing current technology and business methodology to assess, analyze and solve current and predicted situations and opportunities connected to Fashion Business Management.
  2. Communication: Students will be able to effectively express judgements, and propose and support innovative   business decisions through coherent written and verbal skills, utilizing the proper industry terminology.
  3. Globalism:  Students will have the ability to assess markets, make buys, manage production, communicate business needs and identify changing supply chain scenarios in a global workplace environment.
  4.  Technology: Students will combine innovative thinking and technological competence to develop, assess and present business information using various sources including the Internet, secondary databases and other tools as well as proficiency in specific computer skills such as Microsoft Excel.
  5. Research and Critical Thinking: Through innovative and resourceful research of primary, secondary and tertiary data, students will be able to evaluate and process information gathered to arrive at decisions which are both sound and creative and which demonstrate analytical thought. 
  6. Product Commercialization: Students will demonstrate in depth knowledge of the functions of product development, the merchandising of a line, the merchandising of a department, and the supporting marketing mechanisms.
  7. Retailing/ Wholesaling: Students will gain knowledge of the mechanics required for interaction between the wholesale and retail parts of the business and will be able to interact professionally with retail and wholesale executives to solidify that knowledge and make career choices.