Jeffrey Campbell, Chair
Master of Retailing
The world of retailing is changing every day with companies vying for their share of the increasingly crowded marketplace on a global stage. The Master of Retailing degree is designed to provide individuals in a variety of retail settings the skills they need to rise above their peers and become leaders in today’s dynamic retail industry. Whether you are a corporate industry professional looking to sharpen and upgrade your skill set, an entrepreneur who wants to learn how to set up and run a brick-and-mortar store and/or establish an online retail presence, or you are looking to enter the academic arena with the latest in software applications in an enriched learning environment, the Master of Retailing degree will provide you with career-ready skills coupled with the latest industry software. The Master of Retailing degree will provide individuals with the skills that are in demand across the retail industry in roles from operation and supply chain management to data analytics.
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 300 on the verbal and quantitative components or a total of 500 on the GMAT. Applicants may request GRE/GMAT requirement to be waived under certain conditions (see GRE/GMAT Waiver Information).
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 TOEFL score of 570 (Paper-based Test, PBT), 230 (Computer-based Test, CBT), or 88 (Internet-based Test, iBT) 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.
GRE/GMAT Waiver Information
Policy to Request GRE/GMAT Requirement Be Waived
We understand every student is unique and students with different background can bring various experiences and perspectives to our classrooms.
Although our admissions criteria include GRE or GMAT score, the Department of Retailing at the University of South Carolina also values other important factors than the standardized test scores in determining a student’s potential to succeed in our Master’s program.
A student may petition for a GRE/GMAT requirement waiver when he or she meets at least ONE of the following criteria:
- Four or more years of professional (managerial) experience in a retailing or service-oriented organization.
- A completed baccalaureate degree from The University of South Carolina, or from an *accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.40/4.00.
- A completed Master’s degree, with a 3.0 (or better) GPA from the University of South Carolina, or from an accredited institution1.
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You may submit a GRE/GMAT Waiver Request Form demonstrating that you have satisfied the above criteria prior to submitting your application. It is recommended that applicants requesting to have the test requirement waived submit their Request Form, along with supporting documentation as soon as possible. This will allow the applicant time to take the exam in the event that the request is denied.
Examination of domestic and international laws affecting retail entrepreneurship and online commerce, such as data privacy and breach response, intellectual property protection, sales tax, advertising and unfair trade practices, consumer protection laws, employment laws, and legal obligations involving physical locations.
Examination of domestic and international laws which affect the fashion industry, such as intellectual property protection, licensing agreements, operational and marketing issues, and international trade.
Examination of the flow of retail inventory from initial production to final purchase. Meets the needs of individuals in retail organizations from entry-level sales floor personnel to buyers. Students must be qualified to enroll in a 500 level course at The University of South Carolina.
Essential skills for building a new or expanding an existing retail or fashion business in both brick-and-mortar and online venues by developing a marketing plan and corresponding e-Commerce website for a business or fashion organization.
The analysis of assortment planning and inventory management of apparel products utilizing merchandising principles and industry software.
Essential principles and analytical tools used in retail promotion; appraisal of methods and outcomes via field experiences, visuals, and simulations.
Course content varies. May be repeated once under a different title.
Study of international/domestic fashion manufacturers, retailers, ancillary businesses, and selected resident buying offices. May be repeated once for credit. Must be in good standing with a 2.0 GPA or better; No pending or past judicial council infractions.
Exploration of the fundamentals of Omni-Channel Retailing.
Advanced examination of human resource management within retail organizations.
The analysis of customer relationship management for retailers utilizing merchandising principles and industry software.
Advanced examination of Omni-channel retailing.
Examination of e-commerce elements and retailer implications.
Study of customers’ needs, activities, and trends to aid retail strategy formulation for enhancing customer experiences in retail environments.
The analysis of current retail loss prevention issues from the perspective of the business and customer. Meets the needs of individuals in retail organizations from entry level sales floor personnel to senior management.
Advanced examination of workforce management for Omni-channel retailers.
Broad overview of retail marketing theories, principles, and methods for international operations focusing on the cultural, economic, and regulatory environments.
Fundamentals of strategic decision-making and performance measurement within the retail organization.
Advanced examination of retail space allocation and management of merchandise via retail analytics and JDA software.
Advanced examination of category management strategies.
Advanced strategic decision-making theories, principles, and techniques used in different buyer-seller situations by a retail organization.
Contemporary topics, trends, and issues in marketing education. Individual topics may be announced by titles.
Independent study for advanced students under faculty supervision.