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Creative Arts & Design

Fashion Merchandising and Design - Visual Merchandising - BAA

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Tuition fees per year
    10,458 USD
  • Language taught in
  • Start date
    August, January, May

Program Overview

What Central Michigan University says about their program:
"CMU has Michigan’s top-ranked fashion merchandising and design program. Now with two online concentrations, students without access to our main campus can join this $1.2 trillion global industry with more than $250 billion spent annually in the United States.

Employers are looking for creative graduates who are skilled in working with the industry’s technologies. Are you ready to translate your acute fashion sense into a great job in the fashion industry?

The BAA degree requires both a major and a minor. CMU currently offers these minors online: Athletic Coaching, Geography, Political Science, and Psychology. More are available through transfer credits. Minors often allow you to make the best use of credits you have already earned. Speak to an advisor to see if the BAA or BS (does not require a minor) is the best choice for you."

Admissions requirements

Welcome to Central Michigan University — whether you're a high school student exploring college options, transferring from another institution, interested in graduate programs, or returning to college to advance your degree. Please see below the admission requirements in order to study at CMU.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program

    Completion of Level 112

Students from the following countries are exempt of taking the TOEFL: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada (all provinces, except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Christmas Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, American Samoa, Western Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Helen, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (American), Virgin Islands (British), Zambia, Zimbabwe.

CMU uses the U.S. 4.0 Grade Point Average Scale and the minimum admission G.P.A. requirement for most undergraduate level programs is 2.5 G.P.A.

Official transcripts are required. Graduate programs may have additional requirements.

Spring semester: deadline is October 15. Fall semester: deadline is July 1.

Most programs have specific application deadlines, so make sure to check with the exact details of a program.

Fees and funding

Please see below the costs to study at Central Michigan University

  • Undergraduate Tuition - Lower level - $18,936 per year, upper level - $19,560 per year
  • Postgraduate Tuition - from $15,300 per year


  • General Merit Based Scholarship
  • Centralis Scholarship
  • Departmental application scholarships


  • Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Neighboring Regions Award
  • Legacy Tuition Award
  • Departmental application scholarships

Visa requirements for Central Michigan University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements