Why study Retail Merchandising Leadership online through OSU?
The Master of Science in Design, Housing and Merchandising with emphasis in Retail
Merchandising Leadership will help you deliver the right product or service to the
consumer in the right place, in the right quantities and at the right time. For professionals in retailing, apparel design or business, the program offers expertise
that leads to career advancement or a new career in merchandising.
The online, 36-hour master’s program can be completed at your desired pace, allowing
students to complete coursework while maintaining their personal and professional
lives. Courses are semester-based and coursework must be completed to meet assignment
deadlines. Typically, students complete the master's program in three years, taking
one or two courses a semester.
Retailing represents one-third of U.S. economy
The curriculum helps the student develop skills in analyzing data using a variety of techniques: researching and implementing effective
business strategies; creating flexible promotional campaigns; balancing the sustainable
interests of businesses, consumers and society; predicting micro and mass-market cost
controls; navigating trade regulations and recognizing cultural concerns; and engaging
in global sourcing and production.
“Everyone in this program has different experiences to bring to the table, whether
it be in retail, design or merchandising. It’s really awesome to have that network
of people because you get to learn so much and see where they’re from. That network
really helps you along.”-Kelsey Bruner, MS in Retail Merchandising Leadership graduate