MS in Retail & Merchandising Overview Think outside the shopDrexel's online master’s program provides a broad overview of the retail and merchandising industry, focusing on topics such as branding, fashion, visual communication, omni-channel marketing, product development, and supply chain management.Considering both theoretical and practical approaches, the curriculum will develop your ability to think critically, research and solve problems, and implement innovative solutions in a dynamic global marketplace.The Future of Retail ManagementThe world of retail is in the midst of a technological revolution, and Drexel’s online MS in Retail and Merchandising prepares you to excel in this ever-evolving industry. With an eye to both the future of retail and the mind of today’s consumer, this program focuses on the emerging technologies changing how we think of retail today. You will learn about the rise of e-commerce and the importance of mobile technologies in today’s shopping experience, and make strategic plans to best utilize these tools to grow your business. Program FeaturesTaught by faculty with advanced degrees and substantial career experience as leaders in the retail, merchandising, and fashion fieldsDesigned for both current industry professionals and those seeking to change careersCoursework covers cultural theory, new merchandising technologies, retail data analysis, strategic planning, and social mediaCan be personalized based on your interests and level of experienceFor those already in the field, information learned in class can be immediately applied to your jobFour start times throughout the year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)What can you do with a degree in retail management?The forecasted job growth shows a strong need for managers possessing a nimbleness in retail operations, merchandise management, customer relations, strategic planning, product analysis, advanced problem solving, and human resource development. With an MS in Retail & Merchandising, you will be able to pursue such opportunities as:General Merchandise Manager Manufacturer Sales Representative Merchandise Buyer Post-Secondary Educator Regional Retail Operations Manager Retail Corporate ExecutiveOptional Residencies Abroad and in PhiladelphiaYou'll have the opportunity to study abroad in locations such as London, Italy, China, or Iceland. During the trip, you'll learn about brand communication, product design and development, retail models, store layout, visual merchandising, and product promotion within that specific area of the world. There are also residencies available in Philadelphia where you'll have the opportunity to meet in person with faculty and fellow students.Project or Research ThesisAll students complete a project or thesis that is presented to a three-person committee for review. Projects can include investigative studies at a particular company, practice-based innovations in the industry, or hands-on explorations surrounding management and merchandising.State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits. View a Sample Plan of StudyRequired Courses RMER 500Retail Merchandising3.0RMER 510Research Methods in Retail & Merchandising4.0RMER 520Retail Analysis and Economic Structures3.0RMER 530Omni-Channel Product Promotion & Retail Analytics3.0RMER 580Retail & Merchandising Seminar in Leadership3.0RMER 540Brand Management & Intellectual Property3.0RMER 550Merchandising Technologies3.0RMER 560Selling Techniques & Strategies3.0RMER 570Retail Supply Chain Analysis3.0RMER 600Retail Futures3.0RMER 697Research & Data Collection6.0RMER 698Project/Research Thesis8.0Total Credits45.0View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or universityGPA of at least 3.0 If you don't meet this requirement you're still encouraged to apply and your file will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director Required DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo letters of recommendation (professional references preferred)Personal statement (500 words) that addresses one or more of the following topics: Why you are choosing this particular programWhat you consider to be the direction of retail and merchandising today, and how it will affect the industry you manage in the futureYour short and long-term career plans, including how this degree will further themThe topic of your best undergraduate or professional research paper and why it was the best (you may also submit it if you choose)ResumeAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1044 per credit. (A 15% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 per credit) This program is eligible for Financial Aid.Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University. Faculty The program is taught by faculty with advanced degrees and substantial career experience as leaders in the retail, merchandising, and fashion fields. Faculty members include:Joseph H. Hancock, II, Ph.D.Program Director, MS in Retail & Merchandising email@example.comJoseph “Joe” Henry Hancock, II is an international authority in the area of fashion branding as a form of storytelling. He started in academia after 20 years in the retailing industry, having worked for such legendary brands as The Gap Incorporated, The Limited Corporation and Target Corporation. He released his book Brand/Story: Ralph, Vera, Johnny, Billy and Other Adventures in Fashion Branding (2009) and the 2nd Edition in 2016 called Brand/Story: Explorations and Cases in Fashion Branding both by Bloomsbury. His works on branding and storytelling have appeared in such publications as The Brand Challenge by Kartikeya Kompella (Kogan Page 2016) and Strategic Design Thinking by Natalie Nixon (Bloomsbury, 2015). He has completed three co-edited books, Fashion in Popular Culture (2013), Global Fashion Brands (2014), and Cotton: Companies, Fashion & The Fabric of Our Lives (2016) with Intellect Publishing through The University of Chicago Press. Dr. Hancock is the principal editor of the peer-reviewed journal Fashion, Style and Popular Culture (Intellect Publishers) and he is working on an authored book on Jeans and another called The Fashion Business Reader, both with Bloomsbury, that will be released in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Hancock is the Executive Director for Events for the Popular Culture/American Culture Associations (PCA/ACA) and was their 2009 recipient of the Felicia F. Campbell Award for Area Chairs. He has been awarded Drexel's 2008 Steinbright Cooperative Career Center's faculty of the year and recently received the 2011 Stanley J. Gwiazda Professorship Award. He has received over $100,000 in grants, fellowships and awards and has generated $13,000 in corporate gifts for Drexel University. Dr. Hancock has lectured and taught courses at University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and at Stockholm University. Has been an invited speaker at Cornell University, The Ohio State University, Albright College, and the University of Delaware. He has received research fellowships and grants from the Popular/American Culture Associations, the London College of Fashion, and Stockholm University and has taught courses at The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and Oregon State University.Vivianna BermudezVivianna Bermudez is a Strategic Communications Manager for Drexel University Online. She is responsible for upholding Drexel University brand standards across multiple digital platforms and developing visual communications that cater to Drexel’s online student population. Her experience in social media, visual communications and data visualization spans her career in the communications field, which has included positions with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Delaware. She has also worked for specialized boutiques, such as Velvet Lounge and Pitcrew. Vivianna has served as a board member for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Baltimore Chapter, mentoring and connecting undergraduate students with internships and job opportunities in the design and retail industries. She also held the positions of Financial Educator and Marketing and Communications Director for Shine Foundation, a non-profit organization that educates homeless survivors of domestic violence about financial literacy.Vivianna holds an MA in Digital Communications from Johns Hopkins University and earned her BS in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Delaware.Nicole CarterNicole Carter is a management professional that has led teams for diverse brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Theory, and Shinola. Nicole is experienced in retail operations and leadership and her intense knowledge of visual merchandising, customer service, and sales analysis has allowed her to excel in the retail industry.Nicole earned her MBA in Economic Leadership from Alvernia University and graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design.Anne CecilAs a professional educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience, Anne Cecil lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics: Visual Merchandising, Popular Culture, Online Learning, and Technostress. She is the founding Area Chair of the Punk Culture Area for the Popular Culture Association where she has consistently grown area participation and has spearheaded an effort to legitimize punk research in the academic arena.Anne has returned to part-time teaching to pursue various entrepreneurial and creative endeavors including: ONO Made in the 191, a consultancy that works with Independent Makers, Manufacturers and Sellers to create and maintain sustainable business; Roxanne Lava, a bespoke women's shoe company; Co-host of Fashion Matters, a collaboration between Anne Cecil & Philadelphia personality Phillip Silverstone. Each week the two discuss how Fashion touches our lives. Her thoughts can be heard on Time Out with Phillip Silverstone via TuneIn Radio.Joel RodriguezOver the past 15 years, Joel Rodriguez has led the development of online and hybrid courses across Drexel University’s 17 colleges and schools, including the development of courses in the MS in Retail and Merchandising program. In addition, he currently serves as the Associate Director of Emerging Technologies at Drexel University Online. In this role Joel researches technology trends across industries, such as education, retail and finance. Joel has spent the last 10 years consulting with more than a dozen start-ups and small to medium size businesses across the Northeast. He also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in Drexel’s School of Education.Joel graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with an MA in Adult Education and Communications Technology. He is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership. Academic Calendar 2017-2018 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2017 September 25, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 16, 2017 Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 24, 2018 Spring 2018 April 2, 2018 June 9, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 15, 2018 Summer 2018 June 25, 2018 September 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 8, 2018 Apply today for the MS in Retail & Merchandising Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission. Any problems? Find help or contact us.