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
Professional goal statement: Describe your professional goals and explain how the
program will support those goals.
Three professional letters of reference on letterhead
One official transcript from each college or university attended *A GRE test score is not required.
Students enrolled in the Retail Merchandising Leadership program will complete 36
credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated
based on 2020-2021 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available
on the Bursar website.
2020-2021 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour
Total cost per 3-credit hour course
Total program cost based on 36 hours
* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2020-2021 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they
factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if
not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer