Retail & Merchandising

Major: Retail & Merchandising
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0212
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 41-1011

About the Program

The MS in Retail & Merchandising is designed for early to mid-career professionals in retail and merchandising and for those who are looking to make a career change into the industry. Students will develop advanced skills to think critically, consider theoretical perspectives, research and solve problems, and implement innovative solutions in a dynamic global marketplace inclusive of lifestyle areas such as home, beauty and personal care, health and wellness, prepared foods, and pet products.

The two-year program is structured with a year of core curriculum followed by a year of in-depth research, data collection, and completion of a project or thesis. Program content will challenge and engross students in the areas of analytical and critical-thinking, retail data analysis, visual and retail communication, technological movements, social media, and merchandising and retail “future” strategies through academic and applied learning online and in the field. Graduates will pursue leadership roles and career growth in the areas of retail, merchandising, supply-chain, and brand industries.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, GRE test scores may be required for applicants with less than a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional references preferred)
  • Personal statement (500 words) that addresses:
    • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in retail & merchandising at Drexel?
    • What do you consider to be the most important problem facing the retail industry today, and how will it affect the industry you will manage in the future?
    • What are the short-term and long-term plans for your career in the retail industry, and how will a degree in retail & merchandising at Drexel further those objectives?

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
RMER 500Retail Merchandising3.0
RMER 510Research Methods in Retail & Merchandising4.0
RMER 520Retail: Social and Cultural Issues3.0
RMER 530Omni-Channel Product Promotion & Retail Analytics3.0
RMER 580Retail & Merchandising Seminar in Leadership3.0
RMER 540Brand Management & Intellectual Property3.0
RMER 550Merchandising Technologies3.0
RMER 560Selling Techniques & Strategies3.0
RMER 570Retail Supply Chain Analysis3.0
RMER 600Retail Futures3.0
RMER 697Research & Data Collection6.0
RMER 698Project/Research Thesis8.0
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RMER 5003.0RMER 5203.0RMER 5403.0RMER 5603.0
RMER 5104.0RMER 5303.0RMER 5503.0RMER 5703.0
 7 6 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
RMER 6003.0RMER 6973.0RMER 6973.0 
RMER 5803.0RMER 6984.0RMER 6984.0 
 6 7 7 
Total Credits 45

Retail & Merchandising Faculty

Vivianna Bermudez, MA (Johns Hopkins University). Social media, visual communications, data visualization
Anne Cecil, MA (University of the Arts). Adjunct Instructor. Web designer, product designer, merchandising and artist.
Joseph H. Hancock, II, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor. Apparel merchandising, textiles and clothing, culture and marketing strategies.
Tsz Kwok, EdD (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Leadership development, creative leadership, comparative and international education, qualitative research methods.
Krista Lowther, MS (The Ohio State University). Adjunct Instructor. Planning, Allocations, Merchandising, Trend Analysis, Scouting Services, Leadership
Joel Rodriguez, MA (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Adjunct Instructor. Technology trends across industries such as education, retail and finance
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