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Education Connection

Florida State University

The RMPD undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Retail Merchandising and Product Development (RMPD), which integrates an understanding of design, textiles, and retail merchandising—the necessary components in bringing products from concept to consumer. The Retail Merchandising and Product Development major (RMPD) prepares men and women for executive training programs and other entry-level retail merchandising and product development positions within a diverse range of retail and retail-related businesses.

ITT Tech

ITT Tech offers degree programs in Web Design, Web Design Technology, Visual Communications, Graphic Communications & Design, Graphic Design, Business Management, Marketing, Accounting, Network Systems Administration, Business Accounting, Business Accounting Technology, Information Systems Security, Business Administration and more, all of which can lead to careers in the retail sector.

Drexel University

The Design & Merchandising program at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design prepares students for the challenges of the business and design worlds.

The Design & Merchandising curriculum combines the pursuit of aesthetic excellence with a strong business foundation. The program concentrates on the retail apparel industry, product development and manufacturing, with a particular focus on promotion, visual merchandising, special events marketing, and general lifestyle design. Students gain the experience and leadership skills to make merchandising and marketing decisions in both the classroom and through co-op work experience.


Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology serves nearly 4,000 students in 10 different majors with a focus on business in fashion and related professions. You’ll gain high-level communication skills and creative problem-solving abilities that are critical in today’s competitive global marketplace, while you’ll also master the advanced technology necessary for success.


The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM)

FIDM is a specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment Industries.

It’s a place where creativity and careers merge. We’re hands-on and industry focused. We’re small enough to know our students’ names, but big enough to have the industry contacts and resources to help them meet their goals.

We don’t just prepare our students for a job; we prepare them for a career.

Georgia Southern University (Center of Retail Studies)

Degrees pertaining to the retail world are critical offerings in the College of Business because, whether students realize it or not, a large portion of them will be employed in the retail world…..statistics indicate that one in five Americans work in retailing. The Marketing Department and Center for Retail Studies have worked closely together to develop several options for students who know they want a career in retailing to better prepare them for their futures. Degree options include: Marketing major with an Emphasis in Retail Store Management, Marketing major with an Emphasis in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Point of Sale as a Second Discipline for Information Systems majors.

Kent State University (The Fashion School)

The Fashion School is a great place. The Ohio Board of Regents has endorsed the Fashion School as a “Center of Excellence” at Kent State University and in the State of Ohio. As a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), we are also recognized as one of the top Fashion Schools in the United States. We aspire to be the best American fashion school, by providing a comprehensive American university experience, a forward looking and rigorous curriculum in fashion, an aggressive approach to the use of digital technologies, and access to a broad range of international and study away experiences.

LIM College

Devoted exclusively to the business of fashion, LIM College offers a unique combination of strong academics and
extensive hands-on experience to prepare you for a successful future. At the undergraduate level, the College offers 
majors in 
Fashion Merchandising, 
Management, 
Marketing and 
Visual Merchandising. For graduate students, we offer a
new MBA program that’s customized, flexible and industry-oriented — ideal for working professionals in today’s fast-moving fashion scene.

Longwood University

Building upon Longwood University’s mission of developing citizen leaders, the College of Business and Economics is dedicated to preparing effective and successful business leaders by guiding students to develop their full potential. They also offer an internationally accredited Retail Management program.


Michigan (Ross School of Business)

Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is one of the top business schools in the nation. The Ross School provides students with the resources for success in various disciplines: marketing, finance, general management, consulting, and manufacturing. Our mission for those interested in the retail industry is to increase awareness and interest in retail, to educate students on the various career opportunities within these industries, and to strengthen Ross’ position as a top recruiting school for retail companies.

Ohio University

The Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development program and courses at Ohio University prepare students for dynamic careers in industry. The course of study includes professional development, knowledge of industry-specific business and sales applications, and hands-on retailing experiences. In addition, study tours to New York City and abroad enhance classroom instruction and provide valuable networking opportunities. The program works cooperatively with an advisory board composed of retailers, business people and educators in related fields.


Texas A&M University

The Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M University is respected throughout the world as a pipeline for developing talent and a leading source of industry knowledge. Housed in Mays Business School, its retailing curriculum emphasizes business principles, experiential education through internships, and leadership opportunities that prepare students for professional careers in merchandising, management, sales, marketing and related fields. Established in 1983, it is among the nation’s largest retailing programs.


University of Arizona

Through its connections with top retailers and consulting firms, the Center offers students the chance to intern with companies that are changing the face of the retail industry. Regular classroom speakers expose students to stories about life in the retailing trenches and examples of how businesses solve problems. Industry tours give a close-up look at retail formats in a particular city. Research and career exploration can be expanded through the Center’s educational resource center. Outreach programs To honor its commitment to industry, the Center publishes regular reports on current research and activities of participating companies, faculty, and students.


University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas’ Center for Retailing Excellence, through a strong partnership with retailer and supplier industries, is one of the foremost internationally acclaimed centers for retail studies focused on research and the development of students as future leaders in the retailing and related industries. The Center provides a bridge between academics and industry for developing future leaders.


University of North Texas

The UNT merchandising and hospitality management programs represent high growth global industries with growing demands for highly skilled, technologically-oriented employees. The mission of our school is to provide innovation and excellence in learning, research and service and to be an international leader in preparing professionals for careers in the fashion, retail, digital retailing, hospitality, tourism and home furnishings industries.

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Through a combination of classroom instruction and field-based experience, students prepare for entry-level positions in diverse occupations and for advanced education. The retail and consumer sciences major is one of the largest programs of this type in the southeast. Retailing is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy, and opportunities for employment will continue to be excellent through the 21st century.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the top ranked public universities in the nation. The Retailing major prepares students for managerial and merchandising careers in a dynamic, technologically advanced, and globally focused industry.


North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, NC offers several departments that can lead to careers in the retail sector. They offer the College of Textiles offering degree programs that will instruct students on textile development and design. The Poole College of Management offers not only degrees in Management but also in Economics, Accounting & Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The College of Design offers Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Architecture and Art & Design programs.