The Master of Retailing program provides a specialized study focused on retail technology, strategy, and international retailing. Students receive thorough training in the major functional areas of retail organizations. The program emphasizes the development of sophisticated decision-making skills by utilizing advanced technology. Flexibility both in curriculum and in degree requirements allows students to design a program of study tailored to their career goals.
Admission requirements conform to the general regulations of The Graduate School and regional and national accreditation standards. Applicants must submit to The Graduate School an application form and a nonrefundable application fee, one official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended (mailed to The Graduate School) showing their complete academic record, two letters of recommendation, records of immunization, and reports of examination scores on the GRE or GMAT.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Retailing program will be evaluated using a combination of academic and professional factors. They normally are expected to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 for all undergraduate coursework and either a combined GRE score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative components or a total of 500 on the GMAT.
Admission decisions may also take into consideration other criteria, such as professional experience, in the retailing industry, involvement in professional and/or student organizations, and strength of recommendations from professional and academic sources.
International applicants are required to submit with their application a certified transcript indicating the nature and scope of their academic training. An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a minimum score of 570 (230 computer score) on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS. Prior to enrollment in the Master of Retailing program, international students whose native language is not English are required to take an English diagnostic test administered by the English Program for Internationals. Students with deficiencies are provided opportunities for further study in reading, writing, and speaking English.
Students wishing to enter the Master of Retailing program should have completed courses in the areas of computer applications in business, statistics, merchandising, marketing, and management principles. In particular, students are required to have taken an introductory level retailing or fashion merchandising principles course and a retail buying course at the undergraduate level. Certain prerequisites may be waived for students who have demonstrated a high degree of competence in a related area. Students may transfer up to 12 hours of course credit. In all cases a course in retail buying will be required.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Retailing program will be evaluated using a combination of academic and professional factors. They normally are expected to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 for all undergraduate coursework and either a combined GRE score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative components or a total of 500 on the GMAT.
The Master of Retailing curriculum consists of 36 semester hours of graduate credit in approved courses. Twenty-one semester hours of credit are in core courses required for all Master of Retailing majors. Required courses help students acquire decision-making tools to solve real-world problems. Additionally, the faculty members use the case method and group projects, which build competency in oral and written analysis of complex business situations. According to academic regulations of The Graduate School, at least half of the credit hours on a Program of Study, exclusive of thesis preparation (RETL 799), must be earned in courses numbered 700 and above. When selecting RETL and general electives, be sure to choose a sufficient number of courses at the 700 level to meet this requirement. General requirements–academic or professional option:
A graduate student electing the thesis option must first pass a comprehensive written examination upon completion of course work, enroll in 6 hours of thesis preparation (RETL 799), and prepare and successfully defend an acceptable thesis.
A graduate student electing the non-thesis option must first pass a comprehensive written examination upon completion of course work, enroll in HRSM 795 (Field Project), and prepare and successfully defend a master’s project.
Current academic bulletin requires a combined GRE score of 1000, which is based on the old GRE point scale. The GRE point scale has been changed to have maximum points of 340. As such, it is necessary to convert the GRE score requirement from the old scale to the new GRE scale on the bulletin. A combined score of 1000 on the old GRE scale is equivalent to a combined score of 300 on the new GRE score scale. The bulletin needs to be changed to reflect this update.
Minor revision - No BOT, CHE, or SACS approval required.
This update will appear in the 2018-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin to be published 15 February 2018.