What Can I Do With A Retail Management Degree?

In our retail management program, you will receive a rigorous education to ensure you are ready to enter fields of buying, product development or store management. The program instills a passion for implementing best management practices in the workplace, preparing them to become leaders in the field.

Program Overview

The Whitman School retail management program is designed for students to discover new innovative ways to buy, develop and sell products. The continual development of technology and the evolution of the domestic and global retail marketplace has created an environment for consumers to receive products like never before. Students learn how to navigate this new space through excellent decision making and problem solving skills, impeccable customer service and leadership skills. Retail management majors at Whitman are required to take:

  • RMT 301 – Retailing Fundamentals
  • RMT 333 – Professional Practice
  • RMT 307 – Sales and Strategic Partnerships
  • RMT 407 – Retail Buying and Planning
  • RMT 475 – Supervised Internship
  • Major Elective (3)
  • Business Elective (3)


All of the Whitman School’s clubs are available to retail management students. All of the school’s clubs can be found here.


At Whitman, many retail management undergraduates choose to pursue a dual degree with Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies. Within Whitman, retail management majors are frequently combined with marketing and supply chain management majors.

Career Information

In 2015, the average base salary for Whitman retail management graduates was $50,875.


Our graduates are placed highly in the retail industry at both store and corporate levels in specialized careers. They can become buyers, store managers, apparel product developers and sales/marketing representatives. Whitman retail management graduates are highly sought after by recruiters from Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Kohls, Ross Stores, the TJX companies, Urban Outfitters and more.

Meet a Retail Management Major

Meet some of our students and faculty in the retail management program:

To learn more, visit this page to discover if retail management is the right choice for you.

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