The Department of Retailing and Tourism Management offers a Master of Science in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles and a Master of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism.
Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles
A combination of course work, independent study, and research experience compile the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles graduate curriculum to provide students with a program of study designed around future career goals. Students are given the option to choose a thesis or non-thesis track to complete their degree. A non-thesis track is an alternative option for students who wish to complete a creative project focusing on the application of new or existing knowledge. A non-thesis student’s research culminates into an actual project such as, a mini clothing line, business plan, or curating a costume collection. The Master of Science in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles offers students unique and imaginative options for completing their graduate degrees. It is expected that the applicant have an undergraduate degree in merchandising, apparel, and, textiles or a closely related field.
Hospitality Management and Tourism
A combination of course work, independent study, and research experience compile the Hospitality Management and Tourism graduate curriculum to provide students with a program of study designed around future career goals. Students are given the option to choose a thesis or non-thesis track to complete their degree. A non-thesis project is an alternative option for students who wish to complete a creative project focusing on the application of new or existing knowledge. It is expected that the applicant have an undergraduate degree in hospitality management and tourism or a closely related field.
The following link, Graduate Handbook, will provide you with any additional information regarding curriculum and logistics while a HMT graduate student.
RTM graduate students have the option to complete their Master's work through an internship experience. Students in our program can now choose to complete their program through three different pathways: thesis, non-thesis, or an internship project. The internship project allows student to get real hands-on experience in a retailing/merchandising field. The graduate program internship is set with higher expectations than an undergraduate internship, as students are expected to be at a managerial or corporate level to complete their work. Students complete a semester long internship then present their findings and suggestions for the business in their internship defense. The new pathway provides more unique and beneficial ways for students to cater their Master's degree to match future career goals.
Graduate assistantships and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis through teaching (TA) or research (RA) assistantship positions. These position selections are based on academic potential for future students or academic standing for current students. Additional information on assistantships can be found, here.
Graduate students annually participate in Graduate Consortiums. A consortium is held each year for the purpose of providing masters students experience in presenting their research to a regional group of peers, each student gives a 20-minute presentation highlighting their current research. Institutions who also participate include: University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Tennessee, Florida State University, Auburn University, and University of Georgia.
Our students also submit articles for presentations at the ITAA yearly conference. In 2014, we had three student participants present their research and thesis data!
2014 ITAA Student Presentations:
- Sengupta, A., Lee, Min-Young, Spillman, K. & Jackson, V. (2004). Usage of clothing care-labels among college youth: Analysis of length of information, awareness, risk perception and confidence. International Textiles and Apparel Association, Charlotte, NC, November 12-16, Available online at www.itaaonline.org (Presented by Aniket Sengupta)
- Ferrell, E., Lee, Min-Young, Spillman, K. Jackson, V. & Kimbrel, C. (2014). Consumers’ motivation for purchasing fair-trade clothing. International Textiles and Apparel Association, Charlotte, NC, November 12-16, Available online at www.itaaonline.org (Presented by Catherin Bond)
University Scholars Program
Students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles have the option to begin their graduate school education while still an undergraduate student! The University Scholars Program will provide motivated students an opportunity to acquire a Master’s degree on a fast track. Students in the program will begin taking graduate level courses their senior year, up to 12 credit hours can be shared between undergraduate and graduate curriculum, allowing the student to complete their Master’s degree in three semesters. To read more about this opportunity click, here.
The graduate faculty members in RTM cover a wide range of research expertise. Potential graduate students can review the chart linked here to identify possible thesis committee chairs and members.