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Get certified in fashion merchandising

This graduate certificate is designed for graduate students and working professionals from a range of retailing, merchandising, and supply chain backgrounds who wish to strengthen their leadership skills.


Develop research, planning and leadership skills to support for the rapidly changing fashion merchandising industry. Successful completion of the graduate certificate program requires 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in merchandising. There are four core courses supporting the program.


As part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), this program offers online courses from OSU and other alliance universities across the country.


Master’s in Retail Merchandising Leadership



Students will develop skills in analyzing data using a variety of techniques, including:

  • Researching and implementing effective business strategies
  • Predicting micro and mass-market financial controls
  • Engaging in global sourcing and production
  • Understanding consumer psychology and trends

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

  • DHM 5673: Financial Implications in Merchandising
  • DHM 5693: Merchandising Analytics
  • DHM 5303: Consumer Behavior
  • DHM 5013: Research Developments in Design Housing and Merchandising


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the graduate certificate program. Applications are reviewed for fall, spring or summer admission. Students must be admitted to both the OSU Graduate College and have completed a baccalaureate degree.


To apply for the program, submit the following: 

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; admission with qualifications may be considered)
  • Two letters of recommendation (letters for the master's program application may be used)
  • Professional goals statement (one to two pages)
  • Academic vita/resume
  • When English is a second language, scores from within the last two years for either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 79 for admission) or the IELTS (academic stream) exam (minimum score of 6.5)
  • GRE scores not required


Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students

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