Merchandising Management

Get ready for the work of fashion forecasting, market analysis, and more

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Merchandising Management

In a global, competitive environment, merchandisers play an important role in ensuring that brands and retailers offer consumers exactly what they want, whether it be fashion goods such as clothing and footwear to power tools.

We prepare you for careers related to the development and presentation of customer-right merchandise assortments at both the manufacturing and retail levels. With a focus on fashion merchandise, you’ll develop skills in fashion forecasting, market analysis, design thinking, retail math, e-commerce, and visual merchandising.

You’ll graduate with a solid business foundation in merchandising topics including global sourcing, consumer behavior, retail merchandise planning and others.

And, you're learning with the best — our program is ranked No. 17 in the nation, and No. 4 on the west coast for fashion merchandising by

Merchandising management is a major program of study in Corvallis, or an option for business administration majors in Corvallis.


Once you enroll in the Merchandising management program, you can select an area of focus from the following options:

The Dean’s Academy is an academic forum for high-achieving first-year students, transfer students, and current undergraduate students who wish to maximize the educational and experiential aspects of their college experience. Invitation to this option is restricted to those who meet eligibility requirements.

Associated Program:

The option in merchandising management is available to students enrolled in the business administration program.

Our business administration degree provides you with broad business skills in accounting and quantitative methods, an understanding of the legal and social environment of business, and a background in management and organizational behavior, marketing, finance, and operations management.


degrees and areas of focus

85% Job placement rate

of classes have fewer than 50 students


companies recruit our students each year

Merchandising Management Opportunities

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Florence, Italy: Accademia Italiana

London, England: London College of Fashion

Seoul, South Korea: Hanyang University

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Student organizations and clubs

Associated Clubs

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

International Interior Design Association

Management Club

National Retail Federation

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Cecelia T. Shuttleworth

Merchandising Management Scholarship

N. Marie Ledbetter Memorial Scholarship

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Possible Careers

Advertising Copywriter

Fashion Editor

Visual Merchandiser

Retail Salesperson

Merchandising management and apparel design: the double degree

A very compelling feature of the College of Business is the crossover point with design and business, which builds an arsenal of career choices for students interested in excelling at creative careers in fashion, retail and merchandising. The merchandising management program frequently pairs with apparel design, and the majority of students in apparel design are double majors.

Because merchandising and apparel design are so intermingled, it’s been an influencing factor that brings students to the college. We have integrated solid foundational business content into these majors, and we’re attractive to students for this reason. This in turn appeals to the very strong retail corporations in the region who come to us to find their workforce.

Find out more about our design programs

Fashion forward: Student lands dream job at Macy's

Career success takes focus, talent, education, strategic decisions and hard work — but sometimes, bringing all of these assets to the right place at the right time leads to a perfect breakthrough.

Merchandising management major, Kristy Milien had such a breakthrough experience. Milien served as founding president of the National Retail Federation student club, and one of her signature accomplishments was organizing a student trip to the retail industry’s biggest event in New York City, The Big Show.

“The minute we landed in New York and drove to the city, I knew I had to live there,” Milien said.

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Excellent people and excellent resources available to students — that’s the best thing about the College of Business

Sarah Moore ‘09
Columbia Sportswear

Where our graduates work

Graduates from the college's merchandising management program have become apparel designers, brand managers, computer aided design specialists, fabric coordinators, product developers, theater costume designers, and more.

  • Coach
  • Columbia Sportwear
  • Dakine
  • Hanna Andersson
  • Kohl's
  • Kroger
  • Leanna NYC
  • New Balance
  • Nike
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Oakley
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Perry Ellis International
  • Target Corp.
  • The Jones Group
  • Victoria's Secret
  • WILL Leather Goods

Here's why you should be a College of Business student

A success plan for life

Professional, personal and leadership skills form the backbone of successful careers. Blueprint, our award-winning series of classes, is focused on professional and leadership development and financial literacy. With Blueprint, you’re on track to graduate on time, with the skills and network to choose your career, and the savvy to make the big decisions at the right time.

We're not just business; we're family

Our first-year students live in one of our business-themed residence halls. This learning-focused, student-first, open-door culture makes the big Oregon State campus feel like the supportive place it is – and feel a lot smaller and easier to navigate than you might think.

We’re the only college at OSU that has a dedicated Career Success Center for our students. We help you find an internship, write a resume and find a job.

Ranked and accredited

Oregon State is ranked in the top five for online education with U.S. News & World Report. The College of Business overall, as well as our accounting program, is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business and accounting.

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