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
Minimum Required Credits: 230.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
BS Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0499
BS Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 13-1022
MBA Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0201
MBA 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 design & merchandising for the fashion lifestyle industries 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
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
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
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
Select two of the following:6.0
Asian Art and Culture
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
Contemporary Art
History of African-American Art
African Art
Global Material Culture
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
COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
DSMR 100Computer Imaging I3.0
DSMR 103Introduction to the Fashion Industry3.0
DSMR 201Analysis of Product3.0
DSMR 210Presentation Techniques Design and Merchandising3.0
DSMR 211Digital Design for Design and Merchandising3.0
DSMR 215Digital Commerce & Promotion3.0
DSMR 230Textiles for Design and Merchandising3.0
DSMR 231Retail Operations3.0
DSMR 232Merchandise Planning and Buying4.0
DSMR 300Design and Merchandising Trends and Impact3.0
DSMR 310Merchandising Operations & Management3.0
DSMR 311Visual Merchandising3.0
DSMR 333Fashion Product Development and Sourcing3.0
DSMR 464Merchandising Analytics3.0
DSMR 477 [WI] Design and Merchandising Seminar3.0
DSMR 496 [WI] Senior Problem in Design and Merchandising3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
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
PROD 215Design Thinking in Product Design4.0
Career Pathway Electives 31.0
MBA Requirements
ACCT 510Essentials of Financial Reporting2.0
BLAW 510Analyzing Legal Options in Decision-Making2.0
BSAN 601Business Analytics for Managers3.0
ECON 601Managerial Economics3.0
FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3.0
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
POM 510Operations and Supply Chain Management2.0
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 Electives11.0
Total Credits230.0

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


Select 9.0 credits from 100-499 level courses, including T380-480 in AFAS, ARTH, ARCH, COM, DANC, ENGL, FMST, GST, HIST, INTR, IST, JWST, LANG, LING, MENA, MUSC, PHIL, PHTO, PPE, PBHL, RELS, SCRP, THTR, TVST, VSCM, WGST, and WRIT.

Suggested Arts and Humanities electives: ENGL 303ENGL 335HIST 163.


Select 9.0 credits from 100-499 level courses, including T380-T480, in AFAS, ANTH, CJS, CS, ECON, ENSS, ENVS, PSI, PSY, PBHL, SOC, and WGST.

Suggested Social Science electives: SOC 210SOC 215SOC 240SOC 340SOC I499.

Career Pathway electives enable students to pursue specific areas of study, which complement the Design and Merchandising major and the student's desired career pathway.

MBA Concentrations

Students selecting a concentration can choose from the following: 

Business Analytics Concentration

Select three of the following:9.0
Datamining for Managers
Aligning Information Systems and Business Strategies
Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
Database Analysis and Design for Business
Customer Analytics
Marketing Experiments
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Supply Chain Analytics
Statistics for Business Analytics
Time Series Forecasting
Special Topics in STAT
Total Credits9.0

Finance Concentration

Select three of the following:9.0
Advanced Financial Management
Business Valuation
Corporate Governance
Environmental and Social Issues in Finance
Financial Institutions & Markets
Risk Management
Investment Management
Entrepreneurial Finance
Behavioral Finance
International Financial Management
Special Topics in Finance
Total Credits9.0

Marketing Concentration

Select three of the following, of which two MUST be from MKTG (any course with MKTG subject code and course number between 600-699): 9.0
MKTG Course 600-699
Special Topics in Legal Studies
Intro to Econometrics and Data Analysis
International Business Management
Knowledge Management
Systems Analysis & Design
Database Analysis and Design for Business
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Supply Chain Management I
Quality & Six-Sigma
Time Series Forecasting
Total Credits9.0

Strategic Technology & Innovation Management Concentration

Required Courses
MGMT 602Innovation Management3.0
MGMT 603Technology Strategy3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
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
Time Series Forecasting
Total Credits9.0

Supply Chain Management & Logistics Concentration

Select three of the following:9.0
Leading the Digital Supply Chain
Systems Analysis & Design
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Supply Chain Management I
Supply Chain Management II
Management of Service Firms
Transportation & Logistics Management
Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Revenue Management
Supply Chain Analytics
Special Topics in POM
Quality & Six-Sigma
Time Series Forecasting
Total Credits9.0

Customized  Concentration

Students can self customize a concentration with coordination between their program manager and with faculty guidance. Please see your program manager/academic advisor for further information.9.0
MBA Graduate Credits include courses in Accounting (ACCT), Statistics (STAT), Economics (ECON), Finance (FIN), General Business (BUSN), Interdisciplinary Business (INDS), International Business (INTB), Legal Studies (BLAW), Management (MGMT), Management Information Systems (MIS), Marketing (MKTG), Operations Research (OPR), Organizational Behavior (ORGB), Production Operations Management (POM), Sport Management (SMT) or Taxation (TAX), with a course number range between 500-799 or other approved course at the graduate level.
Total Credits9.0

Corporate Sustainability and Social Impact Concentration

Choose three from the following:9.0
Legal Aspects of Employment
Corporate Governance
Environmental and Social Issues in Finance
Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Business
Business Ethics
Sustainability and Value Creation
Corporate Brand & Reputation Management
Special Topics in ORGB
Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Social Issues in Sport

Effective Leadership Concentration

Choose three of the following:9.0
Leading the Digital Supply Chain
Business Ethics
Sustainability and Value Creation
Leading Virtual Teams
Negotiations for Leaders

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 210 or 2153.0COM 230, 220, or 1813.0
COM 181, 220, or 2303.0COM 220, 230, or 1813.0DSMR 232 (or Career Pathway Elective)4.0DSMR 215 (or Career Pathway Elective)3.0
DSMR 2113.0COOP 101*1.0ECON 2014.0ENTP 1053.0
DSMR 231 (or Art History Elective)3.0DSMR 210 or 2113.0MKTG 2014.0PHTO 1103.0
Select one of the following:3.0DSMR 215 or PHTO 1103.0 (UG) Career Pathway Elective3.0
DSMR 231 or 232 (or Art History Elective)3.0  
 16 16 15 15
Third Year
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEDSMR 300 or 4773.0DSMR 311 (or Art History Elective)3.0
  DSMR 3103.0DSMR 477 or 3003.0
  DSMR 311 (or Art History Elective)3.0PROD 215 (or Marketing Choice)4.0
  DSMR 3333.0(UG) Social Science Elective3.0
  (UG) Career Pathway Elective4.0 
 0 0 16 13
Fourth Year
ARTH 335 or DSMR 4643.0DSMR 464 or ARTH 3353.0PHIL 3013.0Awarded UG Degree
DSMR 496 (or Career Pathway Elective)3.0DSMR 496 (or Career Pathway Elective)3.0(UG) Art and Humanities (choice)3.0Student converts to Grad status
PROD 215 (or Marketing Choice)4.0(UG) Career Pathway Elective8.0(UG) Career Pathway Electives3.0 
(UG) Career Pathway Elective4.0BSAN 6013.0(UG) Social Science Elective3.0 
ACCT 5102.0 ECON 6013.0 
 16 17 15 0
Fifth Year
FIN 6013.0BLAW 5102.0MGMT 5202.0MGMT 7702.0
MGMT 5302.0ORGB 5113.0(GR) Concentration Requirement3.0(GR) Concentration Requirements6.0
MKTG 5102.0(GR) Electives6.0(GR) Electives5.0(GR) Experiential Elective3.0
POM 5102.0   
 9 11 10 11
Total Credits 230

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

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