Programs: Retail Merchandising & Product Development
Florida State University
Founded in 1851 and located in Tallahassee, on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida, Florida State is a space-grant and sea-grant public research university of 41,000 students. The main campus covers 489 acres.
The Retail Merchandising and Product Development major (RMPD) prepares men and women for executive training programs and other entry-level positions in retail merchandising and product development within a diverse range of retail and retail-related businesses.
The industry-savvy RMPD curriculum produces highly marketable graduates able to contribute immediately to the successful management and operations of retail and retail-related companies whether through corporate operations, the product development function, or store operations.
The curriculum places a strong emphasis on industry-relevant technology, including product development and merchandising software, and professional experience through a required internship.
Courses in the Retail Merchandising and Product Development curriculum include content related to merchandising strategy, consumer behavior, design principles, forecasting, buying, sourcing, planning, allocating, distribution, inventory management, store organization, visual merchandising, and sales. Emphasis is placed on soft goods and fashion-driven products.
Careers in Fashion
Career options include those of the Department Manager, Assistant Store Manager, Assistant Buyer, Buyer, Quality Assurance Assistant or Manager, Product Development Assistant or Manager, General Merchandise Manager, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Assistant Planner, Assistant Allocator, Vendor Representative, Salesperson, Visual Merchandising Manager, Advertising Manager, Sales Promotion Manager, Distribution Center Manager, Human Resource Manager, College Relations Manager and many more.
In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida State the most efficient National University in the United States, the 40th among public universities and the 91st overall in Tier 1 for National Universities. It’s ranked in the top 200 among world universities, among the top 100 American universities, and in the top 90 among universities in the United States by The Academic Ranking of World Universities. The acceptance rate is 58%.