Design & Merchanding BS / Business Administration MBA

Major: Design & Merchandising and Business Administration
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and 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 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
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
Select one of the following:3.0
Politics of Hip Hop
Introduction to Social Psychology
Retail Intersections: Social & Cultural Issues
Social Science electives **6.0
Visual Studies Requirements
ARTH 103History of Art III3.0
ARTH 314Contemporary Art 3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Asian Art and Culture
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
African-American Art
African Art
Special Topics in Art History
Special Topics in Art History
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 III: 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 Requirements (Select one concentration from list below)9.0
Free Electives9.0
Total Credits230.0

MBA Concentrations

Real Estate Management & Development Concentration

Required Courses
BLAW 631Real Estate Law for Managers and Developers3.0
REMD 675Real Estate Finance3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Community Impact Analysis
Urban and Real Estate Economics
Financial Institutions & Markets
New Product Planning, Strategy, and Development
Negotiations for Leaders
Supply Chain Management I
Real Estate Development
Special Topics in REMD
Total Credits9.0

Business Analytics Concentration

Required Courses
STAT 632Datamining for Managers3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
Business Conditions and Forecasting
Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
Predictive Business Analytics with Relational Database Data
Customer Analytics
Marketing Experiments
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
System Simulation
Supply Chain Management I
Quality & Six-Sigma
Experimental Design
Special Topics in STAT
Total Credits9.0

Finance Concentration*

Required Courses
Select three of the following:9.0
Advanced Financial Management
Corporate Governance
Financial Institutions & Markets
Risk Management
Investment Management
Entrepreneurial Finance
Mergers and Acquisitions
Business Conditions and Forecasting
International Financial Management
Derivative Securities
Seminar in Finance
Seminar in Investments
Special Topics in FIN
Real Estate Finance
Total Credits9.0

Marketing Concentration

Required Courses
Select three of the following, of which two MUST be from MKTG:9.0
Special Topics in BLAW
Intro to Econometrics and Data Analysis
Business Conditions and Forecasting
International Financial Management
International Business Management
Knowledge Management
Systems Analysis & Design
Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
Database Analysis and Design for Business
Customer Analytics
Marketing Experiments
Buyer Behavior Theory
Channels of Distribution Management
Digital Marketing
Global Marketing
Integrated Marketing Communications Management
New Product Planning, Strategy, and Development
Services Marketing
Marketing Information Management and Research
Special Topics in MKTG
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Supply Chain Management I
Management of Service Firms
Quality & Six-Sigma
Total Credits9.0

Strategic Technology & Innovation Management Concentration (STIM)

Required Courses
MGMT 602Innovation Management3.0
MGMT 603Technology Strategy3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
Business Conditions and Forecasting
Introduction to Change Management: An Integration of Macro and Micro Perspectives
Strategic Change Management
Strategic Human Resource Management
Knowledge Management
Sustainability and Value Creation
Leading for Innovation
Strategy Implementation
Change Management Experiential Capstone
MIS Policy and Strategy
Business Agility and IT
New Product Planning, Strategy, and Development
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Leading and Executing Change
Negotiations for Leaders
Total Credits9.0

Supply Chain Management & Logistics Concentration

Required Courses
POM 610Supply Chain Management I3.0
POM 615Supply Chain Management II3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
Entrepreneurial Finance
Business Conditions and Forecasting
Systems Analysis & Design
Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
Customer Analytics
Channels of Distribution Management
New Product Planning, Strategy, and Development
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Management of Service Firms
Transportation & Logistics Management
Special Topics in POM
Datamining for Managers
Quality & Six-Sigma
Total Credits9.0

General Business Concentration

Complete 9.0 graduate credits. See advisor for suggestions.9.0
MBA Graduate Credits include courses in Accounting (ACCT), Statistics (STAT), Economics (ECON), Finance (FIN), General Business (BUSN), International Business (INTB), Legal Studies (BLAW), Management (MGMT), Management Information Systems (MIS), Marketing (MKTG), Operations Management (OPM), Operations Research (OPR), Organizational Behavior (ORGB), Production Operations Management (POM), Sport Management (SMT), or Taxation (TAX), with a course number range between 500-799.
Total Credits9.0

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

4+1, 1 co-op (Accelerated program completed in 5 years)

Students complete undergraduate requirements in four years, then convert to graduate status in the fifth and final year.

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
COM 230 or 2203.0COM 220 or 2303.0ECON 2024.0ENTP 1053.0
DSMR 211 or 2313.0COOP 101*1.0MKTG 2014.0PHTO 110 (or Arts & Humanities course)3.0
(UG) Art History Elective3.0DSMR 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
  (UG) Career Pathway Elective4.0
  Select one of the following:3.0
  (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)3.0ECON 6013.0 
ACCT 5102.0MGMT 5103.0  
 15 17 15 0
Fifth Year
FIN 6013.0BLAW 5101.0MGMT 5202.0MGMT 7702.0
MGMT 5302.0ORGB 5113.0ORGB 5201.0(GR) Experiential Elective3.0
MKTG 5102.0STAT 5102.0(GR) Concentration Requirement3.0(GR) Concentration Requirements6.0
POM 5102.0(GR) Elective3.0(GR) Elective3.0 
(GR) Elective3.0   
 12 9 9 11
Total Credits 230
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