LIM College Graduate Programs Brochure
Located in midtown Manhattan, LIM College is exclusively dedicated to teaching the business of fashion.
A Graduate Education Fashioned for Success THE CENTER FOR GRADUATE STUDIES F ashion is a fast-paced, rapidly changing industry. In an increasingly globalized, numbers-driven market, there’s a higher demand than ever for employees who bring a graduate level business education. With an exclusive focus on the business of fashion, LIM College is helping to meet this demand with three fashion-centric business programs: the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, and the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Marketing. The Master of Business Administration (MBA), with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, is for current or aspiring fashion professionals who want to learn concepts and theories of management, leadership, and entrepreneurship within the context of the fashion business. The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management and the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Marketing are for individuals who seek a graduate program with an emphasis on career development in order to make a transition into, or advance within, the fashion industry. Whichever program you choose, you’ll have the unique advantages that only LIM College can offer. You’ll learn from faculty who are experienced industry professionals. You’ll engage in real-world learning opportunities. You’ll experience a program that is focused, immersive, and real-world; a program that is, in every way, fashioned for success. 1 MBA WITH CONCENTRATIONS IN FASHION MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AN MBA LIKE NO OTHER AN INDUSTRY STUDY Your MBA courses will be all business, and all about the business of fashion. A sampling of courses you may take during your MBA program include: Core Business Courses: • Competition & Strategy in Fashion • Financial Management • Global Management and Leadership • Managing Creative Minds • Marketing and Sales Management • Supply Chain Management Fashion Entrepreneurship Specialization: • Entrepreneurship in Fashion • Entrepreneurial Finance • Intrapreneurship • Investing in New Ventures • Launching New Ventures Fashion Management Specialization: • Brand Management • Consumer Behavior in Fashion • Fashion Merchandising • Integrated Marketing Communications in Fashion • Retail Merchandising, Planning, and Control The LIM College MBA is a unique Master of Business Administration program focused on the business of fashion. If you already work in the fashion industry, the highly ﬂexible LIM College MBA is an ideal next step, offering you the opportunity to leverage your experience and pursue your career at a higher level. This program will suit you equally well if you’re seeking a career change, or if you’re a fashion entrepreneur who wants to launch your business with a greater sense of conﬁdence. A FOCUSED CURRICULUM At LIM College, you’ll study the principles and practice of business, but within the context of the fashion industry. As an MBA student, you’ll take foundation courses in business administration that you’ll ﬁnd in any other accredited MBA program—such as accounting, statistics, economics, marketing and sales management, and more. But, unlike other MBA programs, you’ll then move to electives focused on the fashion industry, as our MBA program offers two concentrations—in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship. TAKE YOUR POSITION Think an MBA is restricting? Think again. After all, this is an MBA from LIM. Not only do you get a cutting-edge graduate business education you’ll draw upon throughout your career, but you get the fashion focus that helps you rise to the top of the business of fashion. From brand management and licensing to e-commerce and supplychain management, this fashionable MBA opens a lot of doors. 2 MPS IN FASHION MERCHANDISING AND RETAIL MANAGEMENT FOR A COMPETITIVE EDGE Perhaps you don’t have a background in the fashion industry, or maybe you’re in another career, but you’ve always wanted to pursue fashion. Or, perhaps you work in the fashion industry, but you want to advance beyond your current position, up the corporate ladder. LIM College’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management is designed to give you the competitive edge you need to succeed in today’s retail, apparel, and merchandising markets. A FASHION IMMERSION In the MPS program, you’ll be immersed in a study of fashion merchandising and retail management—with core courses, a capstone project utilizing skills developed through your program, and a practical internship: Semester 1 • Advanced Fashion Merchandising • Sales and Consumer Behavior • Fashion Retail Management • Fashion Retail Branding & Promotion Semester 2 • Retail Visual Merchandising Strategies • Retail Merchandise Management • Technology in Fashion Merchandising & Management • Product Development in Fashion Semester 3 • Internship in Fashion Merchandising & Management • Capstone: Fashion Merchandising & Management A REAL-WORLD PROGRAM The MPS program was developed speciﬁcally with the industry’s evolving needs in mind. In the MPS program, you’ll receive practical and theoretical knowledge of fashion merchandising and retail management—focusing on merchandising, sales and consumer behavior, retailing (both store operations and leadership), and product management. You’ll acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to make business decisions in the fashion industry, applying theoretical knowledge to solve realworld problems. DESIGNED FOR YOUR FUTURE The MPS in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management can help you to establish yourself in a myriad of career possibilities. Some of the numerous professional areas that you can pursue include buying, retail merchandise management, planning, sourcing, product development, and wholesale/retail price analysis, just to name a few. LIM College offers a dynamic graduate program that helps prepare you for any career in the business of fashion. The preparation I received has opened the doors to so many exciting opportunities within the industry, and helped me develop into a business leader.” NIKITA BHAVNANI MBA, FASHION MANAGEMENT COSMETICS BUSINESS MANAGER, HUDSON’S BAY CO. 3 4 MPS IN FASHION MARKETING BUILDING BRANDS AND SUCCESSFUL CAREERS For those seeking a career change into the fashion industry, or for fashion professionals wanting to advance in their current careers, the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Marketing is a leading-edge program that teaches the latest thinking and best practices in fashion marketing, leading to successful marketing and retail positions within the ﬁeld. COURSES INCLUDE: Semester 1 • Fashion Marketing Management • Strategic Consumer Insights in Fashion • Services Marketing in the Fashion Industry • Cause Marketing in the Fashion Industry Semester 2 • Global Marketing in the Fashion Industry • Luxury Brand Management in the Fashion Industry • New Media Marketing in the Fashion Industry • Public Relations in Fashion Summer • Internship in Fashion Marketing • Capstone: Fashion Marketing AN INDUSTRY FOCUS Fashion marketing is vital to the success of any fashion brand as it serves to connect the brand to the buyer and/or consumer. The MPS program explores how industry leaders use current trends to analyze, develop, and implement marketing strategies and campaigns across multiple mediums. Through a comprehensive study of competitive analysis, brand positioning, market testing, distribution, and more, MPS students will come to understand the essential elements in building relationships, and ultimately sales, within various fashion markets. OPPORTUNITY AWAITS The MPS in Fashion Marketing can be completed in just one year. From there, graduates are prepared to pursue a wide range of positions within the fashion marketing ﬁeld, including Marketing Manager, Brand Manager, Category Manager, Product Manager, Public Relations Manager, Visual Merchandiser, Operations Manager, and more. 5 AN ACTIVE LEARNING APPROACH INTERNSHIPS: LEARNING BY DOING What better way to learn the business of fashion than to work in the business of fashion? LIM College graduate students gain invaluable experience— and connections—participating in internships with leading fashion companies. Companies at which LIM College graduate students have recently interned include: Ann Taylor BCBG Bergdorf Goodman Chanel Diesel USA Emilio Pucci Esprit Giorgio Armani Givenchy Gucci Harper’s Bazaar Michael Kors Peter Som Prada Saks Fifth Avenue Scoop Supima Cotton Talbot’s Tom Ford Tommy Hilﬁger Like at many of the nation’s best graduate schools, whatever program you choose, you’ll engage in active learning methods utilizing case studies and experiential approaches. You’ll learn independently as well as with your peers, as you participate in collaborative projects, group presentations, team competitions, debates, and other team-oriented work. TEACHING FROM EXPERIENCE LIM College graduate faculty bring vast business and fashion experience to the classroom. They are industry professionals who hold, or have held, high-level positions in the fashion industry. What does this mean for you? You’ll get a highly relevant, real-world education, enhanced by your professors’ personal and direct connections to the industry. Some of our renowned faculty include: KEVIN BROTZ: Practiced law for 23 years and was the Human Resources Manager/Senior Store Executive for Bloomingdale’s. MICHAEL LONDRIGAN: Nearly 30 years of experience in the apparel industry focusing on retail, wholesale, and textiles. He previously held the position of Managing Director of U.S. Marketing for Cotton Incorporated. DAVID FRESCHMAN: Co-founder and Chairman of FashInvest, the ﬁrst initiative linking entrepreneurs in fashion to venture capitalists and ﬁnanciers. MARLA GREENE: Bringing 30 years of marketing and retail experience, having worked as a Buyer and Merchandise Manager for retailers like Liz Claiborne and Bare Necessities. LUCY COLLINS: Worked for several fashion ﬁrms as editorial and PR assistant before earning her PhD in philosophy, specializing in ethics and fashion theory. GORDON T. KENDALL: Published author of fashion industry textbooks, including Designing Your Business: Professional Practice Strategies for Interior Designers and Fashion Brand Merchandising. 6 LIM College is one of those rare jewels that you occasionally ﬁnd that addresses demands required by the new academic, economic, and technological realities of today’s modern MBA student. LIM College’s focus is purely the success of its students, whether its preparing them for the new challenges faced by the fast paced world of fashion and retail, driving experiential education to the peak by continuously inviting and hosting the industry leaders to meet one on one with the students, or providing them with the leading knowledge and technological tools necessary to succeed in one of the most competitive industries on the planet. LIM College’s commitment to students and ﬂexibility to acquire knowledge impressed me so much that, when offered the opportunity to contribute as an adjunct professor, I jumped on it, even though my schedule suggested otherwise! DAVID J. FRESCHMAN MANAGING PARTNER, INNOVATION VENTURES, LP FOUNDER AND CEO, FASHINVEST, LTD. 7 INDUSTRY ACCESS FACE TO FACE WITH FASHION At LIM College, you’ll have regular opportunities to network with industry professionals through a full schedule of activities and events, including: • Advisory board receptions and events • Campus book signings • Career Day with industry professionals • CEO Speaker Series • “Global Speak” conference • Guest class speakers • LIM College-sponsored industry conferences • Panel discussions • Roundtable discussions • Visits to fashion companies • Volunteering at fashion events LIM College is located in Manhattan, the epicenter of the fashion world. Walk out our door and half a block away are Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. All around you are the greatest names in fashion: Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Tiffany, Chanel, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, and the list goes on and on. Our New York City location means you have endless realworld opportunities, with access to industry professionals and internships at top fashion companies. At LIM, you’ll build your knowledge of the fashion industry, your résumé, and your network of professional contacts. 8 SUCCESS AHEAD LIM College’s graduate programs are highly valued across the fashion industry. Fashion professionals appreciate our advanced programs’ unique focus, and as a result, our graduates are highly sought after by leading fashion ﬁrms. Recent graduates of our graduate programs are working at renowned companies, including: Aeropostale Bergdorf Goodman Bloomingdale’s Calvin Klein Chanel USA Dolce and Gabbana Estee Lauder Companies Giorgio Armani Gucci JCPenney Jones Apparel Group Juicy Couture Lord & Taylor LVMH North America Macy’s New York & Co. Polo Ralph Lauren Prada USA Salvatore Ferragamo Scoop NYC Swarovski Tiffany and Company Tommy Hilﬁger MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA) IDEAL FOR: Professionals inside and outside the fashion industry, as well as entrepreneurs. CAREER GOAL: To establish and grow your own business venture or to launch a path toward a leadership position within a fashion company. CONTENT AREAS: More general- advanced concepts of management, leadership, and entrepreneurship within the context of the fashion business. COMPLETION TIME: Full time: 15 months Part-time: 27 months. MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (MPS) IDEAL FOR: Individuals wanting to transition into the fashion industry. CAREER GOAL: Launch a career in the fashion business in the areas of fashion merchandising, retailing, or marketing. CONTENT AREAS: More focused- principles and theories speciﬁc to fashion merchandising or fashion marketing. COMPLETION TIME: Full time: One year Part-time: Two years. 9 FIND OUT MORE LIM College at a Glance YEAR ESTABLISHED 1939 TYPE OF COLLEGE Private, Coeducational CAMPUS Midtown Manhattan, at the epicenter of the fashion world. FACULTY LIM College faculty brings vast business and fashion experience, as they hold, or have held, high-level positions in the fashion industry. STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO 7:1 AVERAGE CLASS SIZE 17 INDUSTRY ACCESS Our New York City location brings many real-world opportunities, with access to industry professionals and internships with top fashion companies. POST GRADUATION EMPLOYMENT Fashion professionals appreciate our programs’ unique focus, and as a result, our graduates are highly sought after by leading fashion ﬁrms. HOUSING & RESIDENCE LIFE Approximately 350 LIM College students live in our residence hall (at Third Avenue and 97th Street). Ready to succeed in the dynamic fashion industry? Learn more about the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, and the Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Marketing. For more information, or to schedule a personal visit, call LIM College Graduate Studies at 212.752.1530 x412 or e-mail graduatestudies@ limcollege.edu for more information. The Center for Graduate Studies Maxwell Hall 216 East 45th St., 8th Floor New York, NY 10017 212.752.1530 ext. 412 | 800.677.1323 www.graduate.limcollege.edu FINANCIAL AID The Ofﬁce of Financial Services is committed to helping make your education affordable. Call us at (212) 752-1530 ext. 389, or email sfs@ limcollege.edu. ACCREDITATION AND ACADEMIC PROGRAMS LIM College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, and (267) 284-5000. The Commission is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education as an accreditor of degreegranting colleges and universities. LIM College’s undergraduate and MBA degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. LIM College has been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents, www.highered.nysed.gov, to confer the following degrees: Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Occupational Studies, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Professional Studies. To learn more about LIM College’s degree programs and the outcomes of our graduates, including on-time program completion rates and median loan debt, please visit www.limcollege.edu/consumerinfo.