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Apparel, Retail merchandising and Design certificate

View an informational video about the Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design Undergraduate Certificate.

Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Admission requirements

Tuition and Fees

Contact information



Program Description

The online undergraduate certificate in apparel, retail merchandising and design (ARMD) provides course learning experiences, constituting a distinct knowledge base and specific skill set associated with apparel, design, garment construction, retail merchandising, and textiles for junior high and high school teachers. These areas constitute a body of knowledge that represents the core of apparel and textiles education that is needed to effectively provide a base education by high school teachers, lacking licensure to teach in this area. 

Students in the online Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design Undergraduate Certificate will be able to:

The Certificate Program in ARMD will consist of 16 credits, with 10 credits of core class work and two, 3-credit electives. 


If you already have a bachelor's degree and are interested in a complementary graduate program, consider our online M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Scienceonline M.S. in Merchandising, or Merchandising Graduate Certificate


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Sample Plan of Study

Students must complete 16 credits of selected courses with a grade of "C" or above to satisfy requirements for completion of the certificate. 

Required Core Courses:

Elective Courses:


Total Credits: 16


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Frequently Asked Questions

How will my transcript identify that I have completed this certificate?
Your transcript will list "Certificate in Apparel, Retail Merchandising, and Design (ARMD)

What is the tuition for out of state students?
View current undergraduate tuition rates at https://www.ndsu.edu/onestop/accounts/tuition/

Will you ever have an online degree program in apparel and textiles?
Many of the classes are online in the bachelor’s program; however, the bachelor's degree is not completely online at this time.  There is potential that a bachelor’s program may be added online but as of right now we are focusing on expanding the certificate program.

Can I use these classes for renewing my teaching license or to move up on the pay scale?
These classes can be used to obtain an initial FCS teaching license but you cannot use these to renew your FCS teaching certificate.  Typically to renew you license you have to have graduate credits.  If you already have a certificate in another discipline, you may have to have other courses in family and consumer sciences to earn that license. Ask your school district whether or not these classes will apply toward pay scale advancement.

Will this program prepare me for retail management?
Yes and No.  In retail management, you may have additional requirements that you would need but this program will give you a background in working in a retail setting with textile products or apparel products.  This program does not have the business side of retail management but this program is a great start toward retail management.

Can I transfer coursework into this program and how will I know what transfers?
You may be able to transfer coursework into this program.  After you apply for the program, you will submit your transcripts to the NDSU Registration and Records office.  Your transcripts will be evaluated and a determination will be made as to what credits will transfer.  Because this program is an undergraduate certificate with fewer credits there may be less credits accepted into this program.

How many credits or classes would you recommend for a full time employee with a family?
Six to nine credits is what you may want to take but know how you handle the workload. Having an understanding of how much work and stress you think you can handle will help you determine how many classes/credits to take.  We suggest you take fewer classes than you think you can handle for the first semester or two until you have a better understanding of the work involved and how well you manage the classes you have.


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New Undergraduate Admission
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Contact Information

NDSU Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management department
Phone: 701-231-8604
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/adhm/apparel-retail/about.html

NDSU Office of Admission
Phone: 1-800-488-6378
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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