Online Fashion and Retail Management Degree Programs

Read on for more information about certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs in fashion and retail management, and where they could lead you. Also see sample classes and how you can prepare for this career through online studies. Schools offering Fashion Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Level of Study are Available in Fashion and Retail Management?

Undergraduate fashion and retail management programs are available leading to certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. Whether you're fresh out of high school or interested in returning to school after some time off, these programs are available to you with a high school diploma or GED. In addition to retail management courses, you must complete general education classes for associate's and bachelor's degrees. Fashion and retail management programs are available on-campus and online, but online programs have some in-person requirements.

Programs AvailableCertificates, associate's degree, bachelor's degree
Common Courses Customer purchase motivations, selling and distributing, fashion marketing, apparel quality analysis, buying and selling products
Online Learning Multimedia learning materials and web discussions with peers; some courses must be completed on-campus
Career Options Store manager, store owner, buyer, visual merchandising
Median Salary (2018)* $118,940 (for all purchasing managers)
$62,750 (for all buyers and purchasing agents)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* 3% decline (for all purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

In a degree or a certificate program in fashion and retail management, you take courses for selecting and presenting fashionable clothing and other merchandise. You learn to set up products so your customers are more likely to make purchases. By studying industry trends and the history of fashion, you will learn to predict possible trends so you can carry the best products. Other topics of study include:

  • Determining merchandise price
  • Customer purchase motivations
  • Selling and distributing menswear
  • Fashion marketing
  • Buying and selling products
  • Apparel quality analysis
  • Buyer trends

How Can I Use This Degree?

With a degree in fashion and retail management, you could become a store manager or open your own business, or you could become a buyer, purchasing the items to sell. You could also enter visual merchandising, to set up and display merchandise in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

How Do Online Programs Work?

Online programs in fashion and retail management cover the same information as on-campus programs. Through them, you will use videos, CDs and photos to study techniques in displaying fashion. You will learn about software and sources you can use to analyze buyer trends. Some programs provide the opportunity for you to interact with your classmates online, sharing retail stories and learning from one another. However, not all the courses are available entirely online; you may also need to take an internship or visit stores to observe successful techniques.

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