Design, Housing & Merchandising
Graduate study in the department leads to a Master of Science in Design, Housing and Merchandising (DHM) or a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Environmental Science. The plan of study at the M.S. level includes a minimum of 30-33 credit hours consisting of design, housing, and/or merchandising courses plus supporting coursework in related subjects, statistics, and research methods. Students may choose to pursue a research thesis, design thesis, or coursework-only program, depending upon the selected program focus.
At the Ph.D. level, emphasis is on the attainment of competencies; however, a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the M.S. degree is required. The Ph.D. program has a strong research component and requires a dissertation of all candidates.
Students in the DHM graduate program have investigated design, housing, and merchandising from such perspectives as the:
- development and evaluation of new products and designs
- preservation and documentation of historic products and designs
- marketplace and product behaviors of consumers or suppliers
- development and management of apparel or interior businesses
- interrelationships between humans and their apparel or interior environments
For more information about DHM graduate programs, graduate faculty members, coursework requirements, assistantships and scholarships, and admission requirements, please view the DHM website for prospective graduate students: http://humansciences.okstate.edu/dhm/prospective-students-mainmenu-30/graduate-academic-programs.html .
Admission to the M.S. program requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a preferred undergraduate scholastic average of B or above, submission of an application form, three letters of recommendation, a 2-3 page statement of background and professional goals, and a complete transcript. International students must earn at least a 79 (internet score or 550 paper score) on the TOEFL exam. Applications may be submitted at any time. However, for financial support, February 15th is the deadline for priority consideration. If the undergraduate degree is not in the area of specialization chosen for the graduate degree, specific undergraduate courses in design, housing, and/or merchandising will be required as prerequisites. The GRE or GMAT must be taken and scores delivered to DHM before enrolling in the second semester of study.
Admission to the Ph.D. program requires submission of an application form, three letters of recommendation, an example of technical writing, a 2-3 page statement of background and professional goals, and complete transcripts to the Graduate College. International students must earn a 79 (internet score or 550 paper score) on the TOEFL exam. Applications may be submitted at any time. However, for financial support, February 15th is the deadline for priority consideration. The GRE or GMAT must be taken and scores delivered to DHM before enrolling in the second semester of study. Admission to the program is based upon evidence that the applicant has demonstrated superior scholarly achievement and has the potential for successfully completing a doctoral program. The student should have a Master's degree in design, housing and merchandising or in a closely related area from a college or university of recognized standing.
Since the ability to complete well written technical papers is necessary for successful completion of the graduate program, students may need to complete course work in technical writing. Analytical writing scores below 4.0 on the GRE or GMAT will result in requirement of writing course work.
A number of graduate teaching and research assistantships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis for highly qualified students. Stipends are set each year as part of the budget process with the aim of being competitive with other strong graduate programs.
Graduate assistants are exempt from nonresident tuition and may also be exempt from some in-state fees. Graduate students may also compete for university and college scholarships. Applications for an assistantship and/or scholarship received by January 31 will be considered for all appropriate positions and fellowships for the following academic year.
Graduate Faculty List
Theodore Drab, M.S., Pratt Institute,
Interior Design, Design History
Paulette Hebert, Ph.D. Louisiana State University,
Lighting Design, Facility Management & Design, Consumer Behavior, Interior Products, Design for the Life span & Housing
Shiretta Ownbey, Ph.D., Texas Tech University,
Consumer Behavior of Special Markets and Experiential Learning
Lynne Richards, Ph.D., University of Maryland,
Environmental Analysis, Apparel History, Consumer Behavior