Design & Merchanding BS / Business Administration MBA

Major: Design & Merchandising and Business Administration
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) & Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 230.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-1021

About the Program

Only available to Design & Merchandising majors, this accelerated dual degree program combines study in the areas of fashion retail merchandising, buying, and product development with the MBA degree. The program is designed to allow students to complete both the bachelor's degree and the Master of Business Administration degree in five years.

The program is offered to qualified students who apply for this option prior to the end of freshmen year or prior to the completion of 90.0 credits. All students who apply for this option must take the GMAT entrance exam. Incoming freshmen selected for this program will generally have a minimum of 1350 on the SAT, a GPA of 3.5 or better, and rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. A strong candidate for this program will have taken significant AP coursework while in high school.

BS/MBA students may be waived from two LeBow MBA courses, assuming a grade of B or better is earned in specified undergraduate courses. Students can review the Waiver Policies for the Statement of Curriculum Standing on the LeBow College's website for additional information. The above conditions hold only for fully accepted BS/MBA students as identified by Enrollment Management.

Additional Information

Students should visit the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design for more information.

Admission Requirements

Additional requirements for the accelerated dual degree program include:

  • A minimum of a 3.2 cumulative GPA must be maintained throughout the entire undergraduate portion of this program or the student will not be able to continue on to the MBA. 
  • Students must take the GMAT examination and achieve a minimum score of 570 prior to the end of the tenth term in order to continue in the program. It is recommended that students take the GMAT examination late in the student's third year.
  • Students must submit an acceptable plan of study at least three terms before anticipated start of the graduate part of the program.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
ENVS 160Environment in the News2.0
ENVS 169Environmental Science3.0
GEO 111Natural Disasters3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
Required Arts and Humanities
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
Arts and Humanities elective *3.0
Required Social Science
Social Science electives **9.0
Visual Studies Requirements
ARTH 102History of Western Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Western Art III: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 314Contemporary Art 3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
Professional Requirements
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ARTH 335 [WI] History of Costume I: Preclassical to 18003.0
ARTH 336 [WI] History of Costume II: 1800-19203.0
or ARTH 337 History of Costume: 1920 to Present
DSMR 100Computer Imaging I3.0
DSMR 103Introduction to the Fashion Industry 3.0
DSMR 201Analysis of Product3.0
DSMR 210Presentation Techniques Design and Merchandising3.0
DSMR 211Computer Design for Design and Merchandising3.0
DSMR 230Textiles for Design and Merchandising3.0
DSMR 231Retail Operations3.0
DSMR 232Merchandise Planning and Buying4.0
DSMR 310Merchandising Operations & Management3.0
DSMR 311Visual Merchandising4.0
DSMR 333Fashion Product Development3.0
DSMR 454Sourcing Strategies for Textile and Apparel4.0
DSMR 464Merchandising Analytics 4.0
DSMR 477 [WI] Design and Merchandising Seminar3.0
DSMR 496 [WI] Senior Problem in Design and Merchandising3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENTP 105Entrepreneurial Thinking3.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
MKTG 321Selling and Sales Management4.0
or MKTG 326 Marketing Insights
or MKTG 344 Professional Personal Selling
or MKTG 356 Consumer Behavior
or MKTG 362 Brand and Reputation Management
PHIL 301Business Ethics3.0
Career Pathway Electives ***31.0
MBA Requirements
ACCT 510Essentials of Financial Reporting2.0
BLAW 510Analyzing Legal Options in Decision-Making1.0
ECON 601Managerial Economics3.0
FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3.0
MGMT 510Business Problem Solving3.0
MGMT 520Strategy Analysis2.0
MGMT 530Managing and Leading the Total Enterprise2.0
MGMT 770MBA Capstone2.0
MKTG 510Marketing Strategy2.0
ORGB 511Leading in Dynamic Environments: A Personal, Relational, and Strategic Approach3.0
ORGB 520Leading High-Performance Teams1.0
POM 510Operations and Supply Chain Management2.0
STAT 510Introduction to Statistics for Business Analytics2.0
Experiential Requirement-Select one course:3.0
Graduate Internship
International Business Seminar and Residency
Leading for Innovation
Business Consulting
Business Agility and IT
Negotiations for Leaders
Tax Experiential Learning
Concentration Requirements9.0
Free Electives9.0
Total Credits230.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
DSMR 1033.0DSMR 1003.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0DSMR 2303.0DSMR 2013.0 
ENVS 2603.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV A1011.0GEO 1113.0ENVS 1602.0 
VSST 1014.0VSST 1024.0MATH 1194.0 
VSST 1103.0 VSST 1034.0 
 17 16 17 0
Second Year
ACCT 1104.0ARTH 1033.0DSMR 2324.0DSMR 2103.0
ARTH 1023.0COM 220 or 2303.0ECON 2024.0ENTP 1053.0
COM 230 or 2203.0COOP 1011.0MKTG 2014.0PHTO 110 (or Arts & Humanities course)3.0
DSMR 211 or 2313.0DSMR 211 or 2313.0PHTO 110 (or Arts & Humanities course)3.0(UG) Career Pathway Elective4.0
(UG) Career Pathway Elective3.0ECON 2014.0  
 (UG) Career Pathway Elective3.0  
 16 17 15 13
Third Year
  DSMR 3103.0DSMR 4773.0
  DSMR 3333.0Select one of the following:4.0
  PSY 150 (Social Science)3.0
  (UG) Career Pathway Elective4.0
   (UG) Career Pathway Elective4.0
 0 0 16 15
Fourth Year
ARTH 3353.0ARTH 336 or 3373.0PHIL 3013.0Awarded UG Degree
DSMR 464 or 4544.0DSMR 454 or 4644.0(UG) Social Science (choice)3.0Student converts to Grad status
DSMR 4963.0(UG) Career Pathway Elective4.0(UG) Career Pathway Electives6.0 
(UG) Career Pathway Elective3.0(UG) Social Science (choice)3.0BLAW 5101.0 
ACCT 5102.0FIN 6013.0ECON 6013.0 
ORGB 5113.0MGMT 5103.0MGMT 5202.0 
MGMT 5302.0 STAT 5102.0 
 20 20 20 0
Fifth Year
MKTG 5102.0MGMT 7702.0(GR) Electives9.0 
ORGB 5201.0(GR) Electives6.0  
POM 5102.0(GR) Experiential Elective3.0  
(GR) Elective3.0   
 8 11 9 
Total Credits 230
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