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Merchandising (M.S.)

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This degree provides an understanding of merchandising at every level, with emphasis on current trends in the United States and the global marketplace, factors that will distinguish graduates among their peers. Retailing is a major impact on the U.S. economy; representing 1/3 of the total U.S. economy or $4 trillion. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in product development, promotions and retail management in this ever-expanding industry.

Who should consider the program?

An advanced degree or certificate in merchandising is ideal for professionals in a variety of retail-related fields.

  • Employers: Your employee would obtain a focus on the merchandising aspect of the business – delivering the consumer the right product or service in the right place, in the right quantities, at the right time and the right price.
  • Employees and Prospective Students: You may have chosen retailing, apparel design or business as a profession but don't have the theoretical background of merchandising. The additional expertise offered through the merchandising master's could position you for career advancement or a new career in merchandising.
  • Check out course descriptions and program requirements for the Merchandising (M.S), the Merchandising Certificate and Graduate School Application Guidelines in our current Online Catalog.

About Distance Learning

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) is a consortium offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs. In a multi-institution degree program, you apply and are admitted at one university; enroll in all your courses at that university; and, graduate or receive a certificate from that university. However, your online courses are taught by the best faculty in the discipline from several universities. The curriculum has been specially adapted to ensure that students receive the same quality of education as an on-campus course. These courses do not have regular meeting schedules, but they are set within the confines of a semester and students are still required to meet deadlines as outlined by the instructor. Students will interact with instructors and other students through e-mail, online chats, discussion boards and other methods.

Whether people live in Brookings or halfway around the world, online programs make learning an advanced degree a possibility. You can now apply online for any of our graduate programs.

A common price is charged for all courses across the Great Plains Human Sciences institutions. Costs are the same for in-state and out-of state students.

The common price for the academic year (fall, spring and summer) is $515 per credit hour. Costs may change on an annual basis. The common price includes all tuition and fees. Books and other course materials are not included. No other course fees are charged. The application fee for domestic students is $35.

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