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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 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.

Format

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.

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Retailing represents one-third of U.S. economy.

Curriculum

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 master's in merchandising program

  

Admissions

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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

 

Cost

 

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
  Cost
Total cost per credit hour $590
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,770
Estimated total program cost $21,240

 

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