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Merchandising, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $545.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $545.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

Retailing has a major impact on the U.S. economy, representing 1/3 of the total U.S. economy or $4 trillion. In the ever-changing, global atmosphere of retailing, the ability to merchandise the product to the consumer is a strategic advantage. Merchandising is the theoretical background needed to deliver the right product or service to the consumer in the right place, in the right quantities, at the right time and the right price. This online master's in Merchandising program, which is offered as part of the Great Plains IDEA consortium, allows students to complete coursework while maintaining their professional lives. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in product development, promotions and retail management. For professionals in retailing, apparel design or business who lack the theoretical background of merchandising, the expertise offered through the merchandising master's degree may provide for career advancement or a new career in merchandising.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Provide two statements. One should be a statement of your goals and plans. The second should be a statement of your educational goals.

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  7. CV or resume

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
February 1
Spring Semester
October 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TMFD 810Consumer Behavior3

Course Number: TMFD 810

Evaluation of psychological, sociological, and cultural theories of consumers' behavior through the examination of factors influencing consumers' decision-making process.

TMFD 812Product Design, Development & Evaluation3

Course Number: TMFD 812

Advanced study of issues and management strategies necessary to design and produce a competitively priced product. Examination of the role of globalization and rapidly changing technology the development of a successful product.

TMFD 813Strategic Planning3

Course Number: TMFD 813

Examination of the executive planning process utilized to develop successful corporate strategies; emphasis on the importance of a market orientation for building customer value and sustaining a competitive advantage. Prerequisite: this is a Capstone Course, Instructor Permission required.

TMFD 822International Retail Expansion3

Course Number: TMFD 822

Comprehensive study of issues involved in global sourcing, including the scope, trends, and sustainability of current practices. An analysis of cultural, political, ethical, and economic perspectives related to global sourcing, production, trade and distribution of textiles and apparel products.

TMFD 870Financial Merchandising Implications3

Course Number: TMFD 870

Significant issues in textiles, clothing, and design.

TMFD 870Professional Advancement3

Course Number: TMFD 870

Analysis of leadership and how it affects organizational culture and change through a prism of past and current experiences. Various leadership styles will be examined and a personal leadership philosophy will be developed for professional advancement in merchandising.

TMFD 896Historical & Contemporary Issues in Trade1-5

Course Number: TMFD 896

Individual projects in research, literature review, or creative production.

TMFD 896Promotional Strategies in Merchandising3

Course Number: TMFD 896

Examination of integrated marketing communications (i.e., promotional strategies and techniques) while fostering cultural and global awareness, social responsibility and ethical decision-making in the field of promotion.

TMFD 899Practicum/Creative Component/Thesis6

Course Number: TMFD 899

For the Master's degree, students will be required to complete thirty-six credit hours including a six credit hour thesis/comprehensive paper, project, or elective coursework. Details of the thesis/comprehensive paper, project, or elective coursework will be determined by the student's graduate committee at his or her home institution.

TMFD 913Retail Theory & Current Practice3

Course Number: TMFD 913

Theoretical and applied analysis of merchandising strategies; assessment of internal and external environmental forces impacting strategic decisions by retail firms; synthesis of past and present trends in order to forecast probable future patterns. Prerequisite: Retail Management course or Instructor Permission

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $545.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1635.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $545.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1635.00

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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