B.S. Retail Merchandising and Management

Are you interested in why people buy? Do you want to create unique customer experiences?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Do you like to plan, organize, lead people or manage resources? UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Retail Merchandising and Management (RMM) prepares you for a career buying, marketing and managing retail goods and services for traditional and e-commerce businesses. Our diverse curriculum offers three concentrations of study:

  • Buying and Product Management
  • Store Operations Management
  • Fashion Marketing 

You'll develop critical-thinking and communication skills in the classroom and gain hands-on retail experience in our student-operated specialty store. We'll provide you with access to study abroad opportunities in global retail and class trips to the New York fashion district and Las Vegas buying shows.

UW-Stout's Retail Merchandising and Management program prepares you for an exciting career in retail. The program allows you to pursue concentrations in buying and product management, fashion marketing or store operations management. You can also pursue a minor in business administration, art or journalism.

On your path to becoming a knowledgeable and capable professional, you'll take classes in:

  • Retail and business
  • Merchandising and management
  • Promotions
  • Merchandise planning and control
  • Store management
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • International business

Classroom experiences provide you with an in-depth theoretical study of the field of retail, while a student-operated specialty store and off-campus internship experiences allow you to get hands-on experience and apply what you have learned.

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A number of student organizations provide you with excellent leadership training, career insights and recreation opportunities. Join our award-winning Stout Retail Association student organization with more than 100 members ready to work in apparel merchandising, fashion management, store operations, consumer electronics, culinary arts, market research, publicity and merchandising analysis.

To complement the academic program of study, senior students may interview with selected retail companies for off-campus internship positions. These co-ops/internships are semester-long, paid work experiences in management training positions with major retail companies.

Preparing for Your Retail Merchandising & Management Degree

High school students interested in entering the retail field should have a college preparatory background emphasizing English, speech, writing skills, math, social studies, economics and accounting. Work experience in a retail store is suggested.

Starting Out

During your first few semesters, you'll enroll in a combination of general education studies and major foundation courses. General education includes:

  • English composition
  • Speech and a variety of other student-selected courses in the humanities
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Natural science
  • Technology
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Initial courses in the major include:
  • Introduction to retail merchandising and management
  • Basic retailing
  • Computer applications

Advisers are eager to help you with course selection and career direction. Additional assistance is available through the Advisement and Career Center, Counseling Center and Career Services.

Moving Forward

The Retail Merchandising and Management program provides a sound body of knowledge from which to launch a successful career in retailing. The curriculum provides professional courses in both general retailing and in your concentration of choice. General education courses ensure that you have a well-rounded education.

You'll also contribute to the operation of The Niche, a student-inspired specialty store located in UW-Stout's Heritage Hall. You and other students take charge of all aspects of this retail operation, including planning and purchasing, inventory control, advertising, visual merchandising, special events, selling and supervision.

The retail faculty and teaching staff are former retailers who work closely with students and retail companies. They maintain and cultivate industry relationships, which provide up-to-date information and career planning for you and helps you develop solid contacts for employment upon graduation.

Career Opportunities

Entry Positions

Graduates of the Retail Merchandising and Management program usually enter the professional field through an executive training program with a major retail company. This training generally consists of planned rotations in various supervisory positions within the store, merchandising division, distribution center or other areas of the company.

  • Buyer » Bon Ton Stores

  • Vice President, Merchandise Planning » Brooks Brothers

  • Merchandise Manager » JC Penney

  • Store Team Leader » Target

  • Operations Manager » Lands' End

  • Executive Trainer » The Gap

  • Merchandiser » Oshkosh B'Gosh

  • Advertising Coordinator » Target

  • Buyer » Target Corporation

  • Manager » The Disney Store

  • Operations Manager » Kmart Corporation

  • Business Analyst » Target Corporation

  • Store Manager » Banana Republic

  • Buyer » Pottery Barn

  • Financial Planner » Eddie Bauer

  • Vice President » Krazy Kat Sportswear

  • Store Manager » Best Buy

  • Buyer » Best Buy

  • Project Manager, Store Innovations » Walmart

RMM Advisory Board

RMM 2018 Advisory Board

Kathleen  Cochran Program Director/Professor UW-Stout, Business Department
Bryan Barts Career Services Director UW-Stout
Chuck Bomar Dean, CSTEMM UW-Stout
George Duychak Lecturer, Retail Merchandising and Management UW-Stout, Business  Department
Susie Gilbertson Corporate Recruiter Maurices
Caitlin Hall Early Talent Recruiter, Territory 2 Kohl's
Emilie Horvath Student, Retail Merchandising and Management UW-Stout
Cheri  Katers Store Manager Kohl's (Chaska)
Phillip Kilbride District Sales Manager  Hammer Made
Rachel Krista Apparel Merchandise Manager Mason Companies, Inc.
Jennifer Krueger Talent Acquisition Specialist Mason Companies, Inc.
Paul Lokken Department Chair, Business Department  UW-Stout 
Sheri Marnell Program Director, B.S. Apparel Design and Development UW-Stout
Craig Moore Assistant Professor UW-Stout
Debra  Mosey Retail Merchandising and Management First Year Advisor UW-Stout
Gindy  Neidermyer Associate Dean, CSTEMM UW-Stout
Erin  Orman Talent Acquisition  Sleep Number
Elizabeth Paar  Student, Retail Merchandising and Management Program UW-Stout
Cody Reimer assistant professor UW-Stout
Tom Simota Senior Strategy Manager Walmart Headquarters
Jessica Sletten Sr. Mgr. of Talent Acquisition Select Comfort
Tiana Theiss Merchandise Planner Walgreens Corporate
Jodette Van Meter Assistant Director of Human Resources Von Maur

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