Thank you for your interest in the MS in Fashion Design Management program at Thomas Jefferson University. Below, please find a list of the the most frequently asked questions and their answers.
Frequently Asked Questions
The program is a 3-semester program: fall and spring semesters in Philadelphia, followed by three months in Milan, Italy.
- Fall Semester - Classes held at East Falls campus
- Spring Semester- Classes held at East Falls campus, combined with students from Milan, Politecnico
- Summer Session - No classes
- Fall Semester - Classes held at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy combined with Italian students (Three months beginning September)
Yes. Most graduate students are working professionals. A typical schedule will be one evening class a week starting after 5:30 p.m., and one additional full day a week (tentatively Mondays) with two scheduled classes starting in the morning and ending around 6:00 p.m. You would be free to work Tuesday through Sunday.
There are ten courses in the program totaling 32 credits. Three courses/10 credits the first semester; three courses/10 credits the second semester; and four courses/12 credits in Milan the last semester.
Yes, Politecnico di Milano has a team available to assist in placing students in affordable housing near campus, with short term leases. Pricing of housing is not included in the tuition.
No, an undergraduate degree in any Design or Fashion discipline/degree is acceptable. (i.e. Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Marketing, Textile Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design)
It is a rolling admissions process, so there is no set deadline, however, due to the limited available spots in the program launch, we highly recommend and encourage applications to be submitted at your earliest convenience. The opening cohort is only 15 spots.
Yes, travel during your time in Italy is strongly encouraged. You will have your weekends and some week days free to explore the surrounding regions of Italy and Europe.
No, the MSFDM does not require any sewing. The program is focused on learning how to manage creative processes within the fashion industry.
No. All Graduate courses at Politecnico will be taught in English.
If you have any additional questions, or would like more information regarding the M.S. in Fashion Design Management program, please feel free to contact Christine.Baeza@jefferson.edu.
For questions about the application process, please reach out to the Office of Graduate Admissions at 215-951-2943 or GradAdm@PhilaU.edu.