Graduate Programs

The Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management prides itself on having one of the top graduate programs of its kind in the world. The unique combination of expert faculty, top-notch learning laboratories, and rigorous academic training prepares graduate students to enter academia or industry with outstanding credentials. We know that our graduates are making an impact within the apparel, hospitality, and food service industries. Whether they are conducting cutting-edge research or managing world-class operations, Iowa State is proud to call our alums leaders in the field. Each graduate program is listed below.

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Graduate studies in apparel, merchandising, and design (AMD) extend knowledge and research beyond the basics to take a close look at industry-wide issues, such as:

  • Consumer behavior
  • Design — creative, technical, and functional
  • History and cultural studies
  • Merchandising, management, and entrepreneurship
  • Outsourcing and sustainability
  • Textile science

Students in this program are afforded many opportunities to present and publish their research alongside world-renown faculty members. For requirements, please visit the Iowa State Graduate College website.

The apparel, merchandising, and design program offers the following graduate degrees:

Event Management

The event management graduate program offers the following degrees:

Hospitality Management

The hospitality management (HM) graduate program gives students the skills to become a true leader within their workplace and industry. From eco-friendly lodging to electronic check-ins, our graduate students and faculty are studying pertinent issues to this industry and learning the best ways to solve them. Our programs emphasize:

  • Consumer behavior and psychology
  • Club management
  • Economic development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event
  • Finance
  • Food safety
  • Foodservice
  • Hospitality education
  • Human resource management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Tourism

The hospitality management graduate program offers the following degrees:

For requirements, please visit the Iowa State Graduate College website.


Scholarships and graduate teaching/research assistantships are available for on-campus students.


General information about applying and admission

ISU graduate admissions