MS in Merchandising

Merchandising is a complex logistical enterprise involving worldwide product sourcing through numerous distribution channels. This strategic process extends to all product categories that undergo constant change. Key employees in merchandising need to view themselves as global employees who have the core competencies and a global perspective required for effective business interactions.

Independent thinking and inquiry are the foundations of graduate education. The Master of Science degree in merchandising offers an integrated program of study focusing on the management of products, services, and experiences in a consumer-driven global market.

Effective leaders are developed through core competencies including solving complex problems, generating new knowledge, communicating effectively, and creating new product and business strategies. Graduate coursework in research methods, research applications, merchandising strategies, international sourcing, and consumer theory prepare students for careers in industry or higher education.

Merchandising Graduate Thesis Option

Thesis Option

Students may elect to conduct original research during the course of their graduate study. With the thesis option, the student will develop an idea that is suitable for a comprehensive research project. A major professor will be selected to mentor and guide the thesis project. If a student has aspirations to pursue a Ph.D., the thesis option is recommended.

 

A minimum of 36 semester hours with a minimum of 24 semester hours (including 6 hours of thesis) in the student’s major area (SMHM) is required. The student must also complete a methods and a statistics course.  Additionally, students may choose to take up to 6 hours of elective courses.

 

Course Work Requirement for Thesis Option
SMHM courses (excluding SMHM 5950, 5300, and 5400) 18 - 24 hours

SMHM / MDSE courses (excluding SMHM 5950, 5300, and 5400) 21 - 27 hours

SMHM 5950 (Thesis) 6 hours
SMHM 5300 (Research Methods) 3 hours
SMHM 5400 (Research Applications) 3 hours
Elective up to 6 hours
Total 36 hours

 

Merchandising Graduate Non-Thesis Option

Non-Thesis Option
Students who are not interested in writing the master’s thesis may elect to work on a faculty research project by selecting the Problem in Lieu of Thesis (PILOT), SMHM 5920, instead of the thesis.  With the PILOT option, the student should ask their major professor for a list possible projects and the application form.  Then, the student should visit with faculty with whom they are interested in working to determine an appropriate project.  Students electing to complete a PILOT will not change their major professor assignment.

 

A minimum of 36 semester hours with at least 30 semester hours (including 3 hours of Problem in Lieu of Thesis) in the student’s major area (SMHM) is required. The student must also complete a methods and a statistics course.  Additionally, students may choose to take up to 6 hours of elective courses.

 

Course Work Requirement for Non-Thesis Option 
SMHM / MDSE courses (excluding SMHM 5920, 5300, and 5400) 21 - 27 hours
SMHM 5920 (Problem in Lieu of Thesis) 3 hours
SMHM 5300 (Research Methods) 3 hours
SMHM 5400 (Research Applications) 3 hours
Elective up to 6 hours
Total 36 hours

MS Merchandising Online

Key employees in merchandising need to view themselves as global employees who have the core competencies and a global perspective required for effective business interactions. As the industry demand for graduates of merchandising programs increases, the need for quality education in the field continues to grow.

 

The Master of Science degree in merchandising offers an integrated program of study focusing on the management of products, services, and experiences in a consumer-driven global market. Courses are taught by knowledgeable and helpful faculty members who are actively involved in research involving retailing, social media, m-commerce, consumer behavior, branding, and social responsibility 

Merchandising Graduate Certificate

What is a graduate certificate?The College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism offers three 12-hour graduate certificates which will provide access to the knowledge, experiences, research skills, and critical analysis offered at the graduate level. In addition, the certificates will provide the recipients with credible documentation of the body of knowledge that they have gained at the University of North Texas.

 

Who is suited for a graduate certificate?

  • Students who may not be able to or interested in completing a 36-hour degree program.
  • Working professionals with time and place constraints who need some re-tooling and updating in their fields.
  • Company-supported employees who seek advanced education to meet professional development requirements for periodic reviews and/or promotion.
  • Geographically-isolated individuals who do not have access to advanced education in merchandising and hospitality management.

What are the benefits of a graduate certificate?The graduate certificate program will provide the following benefits:

  • Understand the complexities of two diverse and growing sectors of international commerce: merchandising (manufacturing, wholesale, retail) and hospitality industries.
  • Develop tools that will assist in the complexities of event management in either the merchandising or hospitality area.
  • Develop skills in critical analysis of data and information resources that are used in decision making.
  • Examine merchandising/hospitality management strategies that build service, product, and profit capabilities of a business.
  • Interpret current trends in merchandising/hospitality industries with application to specific company objectives within the industry.
  • Examine the impact of technology on consumer demand, company growth, and resource management in merchandising/hospitality industries.
  • Propose solutions to merchandising/hospitality issues and concerns in the areas of product development, service, and/or resource management.
  • Evaluate performance of merchandising/hospitality businesses in areas of service, product, technology, and/or resource management.
  • The competencies gained may enhance career potential and professional development.

 

What is the delivery format?Courses are offered as either resident instruction or online via Blackboard. The distributed learning format may have high appeal to the working professionals who may be limited by time or geographic location. Resident CMHT graduate classes are scheduled in evenings to meet the needs of nontraditional students.

 

Will a graduate certificate count toward a graduate degree?Certificate students who choose to continue in a degree program are required to meet all the requirements of students seeking a degree in the College. Satisfactory work on graduate courses for the certificate may be applied in a degree program upon advisement of the graduate program coordinator, department chair, and student’s major professor (selected if pursuing an M.S. degree).

 

Contact: Dr. Lisa Kennon , CMHT Graduate Coordinator- Lisa.Kennon@unt.edu
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