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MS Online in Retail & Merchandising

March 31, 2017

Beginning Fall 2017, we'll add the MS in Retail & Merchandising Online to our growing roster of graduate degree offerings. Spearheaded by Program Director Joseph Hancock, II, this degree is designed for both current industry professionals and those seeking a change in their career. “I am very pleased that we are offering our first graduate program in Retail & Merchandising that can be customized and tailored to fit almost any student and their dream of pursuing a career in the industry," stated Hancock. This degree will provide in-depth exposure to the retail and merchandising industry, focusing on topics such as branding, fashion, visual communication, omni-channel marketing, product development, and supply chain management, all taught by faculty with advanced degrees and substantial career experience as leaders in the retail, merchandising, and fashion fields.

With an MS in Retail & Merchandising from Westphal, graduates will enter the workforce meeting the strong industry demands for managers with expert skillsets in retail operations, merchandise management, customer relations, strategic planning, product analysis, advanced problem solving, and human resource development. We'll find our MS in Retail & Merchandising graduates pursuing leadership positions in the field such as Retail Corporate Manager, Retail Sales Manager, Manufacturer Sales Representative, Educator, and more.

Taking into consideration 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 marketplace. You'll have the opportunity to study abroad in industry epicenters such as London, Italy, China, or Iceland. While abroad you'll learn first hand everything from brand communication, product design and development, retail models, store layout, visual merchandising, and product promotion, with a further specialization in 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.

Offering four start times throughout the year in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, we're ready when you're ready. For more information, contact Program Director Joseph Hancock, II at