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Merchandising and Retail Degrees
Explore the business side of fashion, home décor and shopping with a degree in Merchandising, Digital Retailing, Retail or Home Furnishings Merchandising. Depending on your specific interests, our fashionable options prepare you for roles in analytics, product development, social media, retail buying, search engine marketing management and project management.
A growing number of companies are looking for talent in the areas of consumer analytics and experience management. Our Bachelor of Science in Consumer Experience Management — the first in the nation — will help you tackle evolving business trends. You’ll learn how to fully understand your customer so that no matter what the industry — retail, hospitality, entertainment, journalism, health care or something entirely different — you’ll know how to provide people what they want. You have the option to complete this degree entirely at UNT at Frisco.
This unique option prepares you to capitalize on retail opportunities both online and in physical stores. Launched in 2002, UNT was the first university to provide the degree. With a focus on e-commerce, you’ll see how marketing, social media, digital technology, consumer segments and information architecture can make companies stand out from the crowd.
Discover how to conceptualize, produce, manufacture and sell the furniture and accent pieces that interior designers and DIY home decorators use. It’s one of the very few programs nationwide that focuses specifically on the myriad home furnishings for sale through this multi-billion-dollar industry.
Learn about the corporate side of store planning. Explore inventory allocation and how to evaluate what products sell best and when, visual merchandising, ways to entice shoppers aesthetically, the supply chain, and ordering and promoting an individual brand. Whether it’s a car, a watch or a chic pair of jeans, you’ll know the best tools for getting your items into your customers’ hands.
Become a leader in the retail sector — the industry that encompasses one of every four U.S. jobs. We designed this degree to meet a critical shortage of professionals with leadership experience who can fill management and executive positions. You’ll learn about the three primary components of retail — merchandising, digital selling and operations.
Master the business side of the industry. This integrated program prepares students to find innovative ways to grow small and large companies alike and to tackle corporate challenges in the highly competitive retail sector. Whether you’re launching your own store or helping a major company with a new brand concept, you’ll have the expertise you need.
Shape the home environment by learning to apply merchandising strategies to the world of interior design and home décor. Through our bachelor’s degree in Home Furnishings Merchandising, you’ll learn about consumer behavior, drawing and planning, buying, sourcing, aesthetics, textiles and historic furniture — and ultimately, you’ll set the stage leadglobally.unt.edu for the furniture and accent pieces that interior designers and everyday shoppers use.
In the hospitality and tourism management program, our goal is to create business leaders. Our courses give you the skills to run a business, whether you’re landing a corporate role or launching your own startup. With an emphasis on managerial leadership, you’ll gain experience in accounting, finance, information technology, marketing and strategic management — giving you a foundation to start your career and quickly advance.
Among our offerings, you can take courses in convention and event management, casino management, nutrition and revenue management. Additionally, our student-operated Club at Gateway restaurant allows you to put your classroom learning into practice.
This program prepares you to own your own company or work in management for hospitality venues, including hotels, resorts, country clubs, restaurants and event-planning companies. We enhance our undergraduate program with learning laboratories, cutting-edge technology, and extensive education and training in all hospitality business skills. Graduates in Hospitality Management are fully prepared to enter high growth global industries with increasing demand for highly skilled, technologically oriented professionals.
Our master’s program is designed to help students expand upon on their hospitality management training, advance to executive ranks, teach in higher education or pursue a doctoral degree. Students earning a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Management view themselves as global employees who have the core competencies and international perspective required for effective business interactions.
The UNT-CATIE joint master’s degree is the first of its kind in the U.S. In this two-year program, you will spend the first two semesters at UNT and the last two semesters at the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Students in this program study eco-friendly travel and how corporations can make the tourism sector more environmentally sustainable. The coursework is taught in English and will prepare you for management and leadership positions in the international sustainable tourism industry.
Located less than three miles from campus, our local Embassy Suites by Hilton is home to the Denton Convention Center and gives you the opportunity to get experience in your field before you graduate. A number of our students and recent graduates serve as interns and employees, getting behind-the-scenes exposure to the world of hospitality and quickly mastering the art of hotel management.