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. Apply principles of retail buying to plan, select and control merchandise.
  2. Identify customer needs and proactively share information with consumers to create value.
  3. Demonstrate how emerging technologies can be used to enhance organizational performance in relation to goals and desired outcomes.
  4. Identify and analyze market strategies to meet online consumer and business market needs and buyer behavior.
  5. Explain how big data impacts marketing efforts and its relationship to larger business concerns.
  6. Describe the relationship between business, the economy, society, and the environment.
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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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 $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

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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