Take the first step toward a career as a retail store or merchandise manager by getting in depth training in principles of retail operations. Learn buying, marketing, merchandising, inventory control and personnel and finance management.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
93 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring
On Campus

  1. Understand business operations, such as: buying, selling, marketing, financial reporting, personnel management and issues related to policies, regulations and business law
  2. Apply principles of retail buying to plan, select and control merchandise
  3. Apply marketing principles to plan, select and produce effective advertising media
  4. Demonstrate good salesmanship - effectively interview clients and gauge consumer needs
  5. Develop, initiate and analyze sales programs, along with budget and expense reports
  6. Apply business mathematics to analyze data and solve business problems
  7. Communicate effectively-verbally and in writing; build positive consumer, vendor and public relations

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Retail Management graduates develop strong general business and management skills to work in a variety of business settings and positions, such as Department Store Managers, Assistant Managers, Buyers, Merchandise Managers, Sales Associates and Representatives. Entry-level salaries generally range from $18,000 to $24,000 with mid-management ranging from $35,300 to $60,200.

Potential employers include: Department and clothing stores, grocery stores, automobile dealerships, home building and furnishings, and on-line retailers.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $152.13 $243.46 $330.00 $166.72
5 credits $631.60 $1,090.10 $1,522.80 $706.40
12 credits (full-time) $1,359.08 $2,283.78 $3,156.04 $1,510.28
15 credits $1,524.20 $2,460.45 $3,343.00 $1,677.80

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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