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The first Master of Arts programs were introduced in 1985, with Gallery and Retail Art Administration, Museum Studies: Applied Arts, and Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles. The first Master of Professional Studies degree, in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management, was added in the fall of 2000. As FIT’s programs grew in response to industry needs, the college recognized the growing demand for professional-level education to support an increasingly complex and globalized workplace. Today, the School of Graduate Studies’ students are at the forefront of FIT’s creative innovation.

Each of the college’s programs is supported by an advisory group of professionals in the field, often drawn from the college’s well-placed alumni. Using their work experience as the basis for consultation, group members work with faculty to ensure that the curricula remain current. They arrange for student field work, and help students identify internship and career possibilities.
Advisory groups also plan seminars on the latest technological and theoretical advancements, and work to maintain close ties between industry and the college.
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