Degree Level:
Bachelor of Arts

Fashion, business, design, communication. With apparel studies as your core, you’ll have the flexibility to shape a major that’s right for you.

Stephens College is ranked as one of the best fashion schools in the world. Stephens College was ranked the 6th “Best Fashion School in the World in 2019” by the Business of Fashion, London and the 22nd "Best Fashion School in the World" in 2022 by CEOWORLD magazine. 

Apparel Studies is the right choice for students who are looking for the flexibility to pursue their own unique pathway in the global fashion industry. Students take courses in both fashion and business to build a core foundation, then choose additional coursework tailored to their interests and goals.


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Program Features

Benefit from the same faculty, guest artists, internship and study abroad opportunities of our top-ranked Fashion Design, Fashion Communication and Fashion Marketing programs while tailoring your curriculum to your particular interests.

  • Learn from more than 30 industry professionals who visit Stephens every year.
  • Take study trips to international fashion capitals for college credit.
  • Intern at companies such as Elle Magazine, WWD and emerging brands.
  • In your final year, design a capstone project that showcases your talents and aligns with your career and professional goals.

Gain editorial experience.

Work on the staff of Stephens Life, our student-run feature magazine. The Voyage issue won Best of Show at the Fall 2019 National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

Be part of The Collections.

Contribute to interdisciplinary projects like The Collections, our annual student designer fashion show, a dynamic runway event established in 1944.

Network with the pros.

Interact with top industry professionals who visit Stephens every year, including prestigious designers invited by the Jeannene Booher Fashion Lecture Series.

Costume Museum and Research Library

Find inspiration while working with Missouri’s most extensive holding of historical garments, which provides both research and exhibition opportunities.

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Fashion Program

Monica McMurry,
Professor and Program Chair
(573) 876-7175, Ext. 4218 [email protected] Catharine Webb Studios

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