Merchandising, MS

Master of Science Degree in Merchandising

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Merchandising, MS program is designed to prepare students to critically apply knowledge of merchandising practices to the soft-goods industry.

This program prepares students to work in product development, promotions and retail management. Retailing has a significant impact on the U.S. economy, representing 1/3 of the total U.S. economy, valuing $4 trillion. In the ever-changing, global atmosphere of retailing, the ability to merchandise the product to the consumer is a strategic advantage. 

Students of the Merchandising, MS program will:

  • Learn innovative merchandising techniques, including the extensive use of technology.
  • Enhance their perspectives toward research with interdisciplinary knowledge from fields such as marketing and educational psychology.
  • Apply cutting edge research methods to address industry challenges.

Merchandising integrates the application of planning and management principles, the perspective of history and the science of textile chemistry in a rich, challenging learning environment. State of the art software, including inventory control information systems, spreadsheet analysis and 3D Visual Merchant prepare students for a career in a technology-dominated workplace.

Note: The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) sponsors fully online Merchandising programs that allow students to complete coursework while maintaining their professional lives. 

Career Outlook: 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 career advancement or a new career in merchandising.

Graduates of the program have found careers at several small businesses as well as large retailers including:

  • J.C. Penney
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • The Buckle
  • Stella Boutique
  • Joe Fresh

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.


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.

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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.