Retail Management

Get ready for career advancement in retail, in-depth knowledge of management and marketing strategies throughout the customer journey

Program Details



Program Type:



Retail Management

Retail management offers you specialized knowledge of management and marketing strategies relevant to the retail industry. The online coursework details all the steps required to bring the customers into the store and fulfill their buying needs.

As a retail manager, you're responsible for ensuring that a business operates efficiently and profitably and that your employees perform adequately. You are responsible for a store's sales and employee schedule, resolving problems that arise in the store and coordinating a store's activities.

Retail management is an option for online business administration majors with Ecampus.

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Associated Program:

The option in retail 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

Retail Management Opportunities

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Sydney, Australia: University of Technology Sydney

Vienna, Austria: Vienna University of Economics & Business

Santiago, Chile: Universidad de Chile, Facultad Economia y Negocios

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Student organizations and clubs

Associated Clubs

Business Information Systems

Supply Chain Club

Management Association

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Joe D Lewis Scholarship

Foodguys Values Business Scholarship

Helen Mae Cropsey Memorial Scholarship

Glenn L Jackson Memorial Scholarship

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Possible Careers

Human Resources

Sales Manager

Public Relations

Market Research Analyst

Two amazing terms, two simple words: The Microbusinesses

The Microbusinesses are the most engaging and provoking learning experiences we can possibly offer to our first-year business students. This isn’t “monopoly money” or digital coin; these are real bank accounts with financial resources loaned and an expectation for profits.

A team of fellow students helps you plan sales and marketing strategies; our DamLab makerspace is your factory for prototypes and production, and we offer all the academic support you need to create and launch a microbusiness. What could go wrong!!!!

“To be honest, I expected the first year of business school to be all book work — just reading about business without much doing — with junior and senior year being when we’d write business plans.

“So for us to be working together as freshmen to start our own business and launch a real product is pretty exciting. Not to mention, our product could really take off, which makes this much more motivating than your average team project.”

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Peet’s Coffee creates path for retail management degrees

How perfectly in tune is our online retail management degree to the career needs of our students, many of whom are already working in retail? So perfectly — that we have corporate partners who are paying for their employees to earn this degree. Take, for example, specialty coffee company, Peet’s coffee.

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I enjoy challenges, and I love to learn. That desire to learn and solve tough problems has guided me my entire career.

Kate Johnson '98
Act-On Software CEO

Where our graduates work

Graduates from the college's business administration program have become computer analysts, business process analysts, quality control managers, IT project managers, consultants, teachers, systems' analysts, chief information officers and more.

  • Adecco
  • Cambia
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Compucom
  • Daimler
  • Dell
  • Deloitte
  • Huron Health Care
  • Intel
  • Nike
  • Odom
  • Portland General Electric
  • Providence Health Services
  • Puppet Labs
  • Salesforce
  • Schnitzer
  • The Standard
  • Umpqua Bank

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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