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Why study Retail Merchandising Leadership online through OSU?

The Master of Science in Design, Housing and Merchandising, option in Retail Merchandising Leadership will help you deliver the right product or service to consumers in the right place and time in the right quantities. For professionals in retailing, product development, sales or sourcing, the program offer the opportunity to learn from faculty and network with students from across the country to advance your career.


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. 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.


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
  • Engaging in global sourcing and production

Course information

On-campus option in merchandising program



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To apply for this program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application 
  • Professional resume
  • 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




Tuition rates for this program are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students are responsible for textbooks and course materials.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour $600
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,800
Estimated total program cost $21,600


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