Retail Management

Associate Degree

Retail Management Program Overview

Whether you want to be an independent store owner, a regional manager or a retail operations director, a deep understanding of Retail Management is essential to your success. Bay State College's Associate Degree in Retail Management gives you just that – and more:

  • Receive a powerfully integrated perspective in both business and fashion.
  • Learn from faculty with real world, professional experience in both the business and fashion industries.
  • Gain hands-on experience with your required Retail Management internship, with easy access to Boston's high-end Newbury Street – home to many successful designers and well-known brands.
  • Opt to continue your education with Bay State College's 4-year B.S. in Management – Fashion Industry Concentration program.

Want to get out on the floor to sell the hottest fashion lines? Request information about our 2-year Retail Management program today!

Available In

Retail Management Day Classes

Discover a diverse but close-knit community of students, faculty and staff at our Boston campus, located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood.

  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Semester Length: 16 weeks
  • Start Dates:
    Fall 2017: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Spring 2018: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Retail Management Evening Classes

If you're busy during the day, Bay State College's Retail Management Degree Evening Program gives you the opportunity to learn on your own time. Take evening college courses at our convenient Boston Back Bay campus, or at our satellite location in Taunton, Massachusetts.

  • Duration: 8 terms
  • Term Length: 8 weeks
  • Start Dates:
    Fall 2017 Term 1: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Fall 2017 Term 2: Monday, October 30, 2017
    Spring 2018 Term 1: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    Spring 2018 Term 2: Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Sample Retail Management Degree Courses

  • Management
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Technical Design for the Fashion Industry
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Retail Operations/Strategies
  • Retail Management Internship

To view the Retail Management program flow sheet, click here.
To browse our 2016-17 Course Catalog with course descriptions, click here.

Retail Management Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate a set of ethical and legal standards into decision-making for the retail industry.
  2. Examine and explore the increasing importance of globalization in the retail industry, including the identification and appropriate response to opportunities and threats in this global environment.
  3. Analyze and propose solutions to complex real world managerial problems.
  4. Integrate business analysis and expertise into a framework for business problem-solving and forecasting.
  5. Utilize technology and demonstrate presentation skills necessary to compete and succeed in the business world.
  6. Demonstrate the interpersonal skills required to function as a productive team member in defining management problems, determining alternatives, achieving consensus and evaluating results.

Recommended Minors

  • Fashion Merchandising
    A 2-year alternative to Bay State College's 4-year B.S. in Management – Fashion Industry Concentration program, a Fashion Merchandising Minor will give you a solid foundation in all things fashion and business with classes like Merchandise Marketing & Control, Contemporary Designer and Trends, Retail Product Development, and more.
  • Fashion Design
    Learn how to take a design from concept to finished garment with a Fashion Design Minor. Fulfill your program and open electives with classes like Flat Pattern Design, Clothing Construction, Creative Fashion, and more.

Retail Management Degree Accreditation

Bay State College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont). Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet the standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

Bay State College is authorized to award the following degrees by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Science.