Learning Outcomes

The Master of Science Concentration in Merchandising is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provides specialization for retail managers, merchandisers, fashion designers, educators, and those interested in the industry that have an undergraduate degree. The degree is intended for professionals who are employed in the field and need to enhance their theory knowledge and practical skills in specific areas relevant to their present position or future responsibilities, or seek beginning steps in academia. Students will learn the theory and practice of retail merchandising.

At the completion of the Master of Science Concentration in Merchandising program, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate corporate business triple bottom line concept practices: social (people) environmental (planet), and economic (profit) problems including corporations, U.S. trade policies, and agreements.

  • Analyze technologies as they influence sales, management, communication, advertising and promotional related to organizational philosophy, store image, budgeting goals and target markets.

  • Develop problem solving, relationship building, management, and career development techniques.

  • Complete a practicum or thesis demonstrating knowledge, evaluation, using retailing strategies, concepts, theories, and techniques learned in the program.



  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.