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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.


$4 trillion

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.


Student Spotlight

“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



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To apply for this program, submit the following:

  • OSU 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.

2020-2021 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour $590
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,770
Estimated total program cost $21,240
* This is only an estimate of costs, based on currently approved 2020–2021 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks or exam and course fees. Costs will vary if coursework is not fully completed online. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer



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