Merchandising Management

Students looking at notes in a merchandising management class

Students in the Merchandising Management program prepare for positions in management, merchandising, inventory control, sales promotion, public relations, or human resources. This field offers a wide variety of career opportunities with retailers, manufacturers, marketing research firms and product information services. In a global, diverse, and fast paced, competitive environment, merchandisers are involved in market analysis, product planning, sourcing, procurement, pricing, distribution and visual presentation of apparel and textile products to satisfy consumer needs.

Future Students

Current Students

  • Use the general catalog to view courses offered in the program. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses within the major. Courses within the major may not be taken with S/U grading. 
  • Use a major sheet (pdf) to track your progress in completing course requirements.
  • Schedule an advising appointment.
  • Explore internship opportunities.

Additional resources

Career Opportunities

Oregon State Career Services has useful information on what graduates can do with a degree in Merchandising Management, including related skills, career planning information and possible careers such as:

  • Retail Management Trainee
  • Area Sales Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Buyer/Merchandiser
  • Merchandise Planner/Distributor
  • Sourcing Coordinator
  • Fashion Events Coordinator
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Product Developer
  • Product Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Market Trend Analyst
  • Market Research Director
  • Sales Representative
  • Operations Manager
  • Fashion Editor
  • Retail Entrepreneur