Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandise Management

Do you want to develop the skills needed to pursue opportunities in the retail operations industry? If so, the Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandise Management degree program at Sanford-Brown may be right for you. Through this program, you can learn how to select vendors for sourcing, analyze products at the wholesale and retail levels, and manage merchandise from concept to consumer.

As you pursue your bachelor’s degree in Retail Merchandise Management, you can discover how to evaluate buying trends and sales records while also assessing merchandise price and quality. In addition, you have the opportunity to study the management skills used in human resources and negotiating, as well as develop communication capabilities needed to pursue success in the field.

Our bachelor’s degree in Retail Merchandising Management builds off the skills developed in the associate degree program and helps students further develop their knowledge of merchandising planning and management. It includes a focus on direct sales operations, strategies for reaching consumers through multiple sales channels, and the skills used in merchandise procurement. Hands-on learning and general education instruction allow students to develop a well-rounded understanding of retail merchandising, management and buying.

Below is a selection of courses included in Sanford-Brown's Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandise Management degree program.* Classes are led by instructors with relevant career experience.

  • Consumer Behavior Concepts
  • Marketing
  • Branding and Advertising
  • Merchandising Principles
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Human Resource Practices
  • Management Solutions
  • Selling Strategies
  • Pricing Techniques
  • Forecasting Trends
  • E-commerce
  • Inventory Planning and Management
  • Buying
  • Business Etiquette and Negotiations
  • Exporting and Importing
  • Business Law Practices

*Course curriculum is subject to change.

Prospective entry-level career opportunities for students who successfully complete the Sanford-Brown Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandise Management degree program can include:

  • Merchandise Manager
  • Buyer
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Store Manager
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Merchandise Team Associate
  • Divisional Merchandise Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Assistant Department Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Regional Store Manager

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SBC - Tampa - Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandise Management


Employment Rates:

Given the fact that all of the rates reflected below are based on historical data and were subject to varying levels of audit and re-interpretation, students should not rely on them as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future outcomes or employability following completion of a program of study. Indeed, there are numerous factors that affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment over which we have little or no control. Therefore, our school cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation, or employment for any student.

  • 64%
    Campus Rate
  • 100%
    Program Rate
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS):

Reporting Period: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2015

Date Submitted: 11/2015


The scope of ACICS recognition by the Secretary of Education is defined as accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions offering associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational careers, including those that offer those programs via distance education.

Rate Calculation

Graduates and Completers placed
Divided By /
Completers and Graduates (less) – Not Available for Placement

"Graduates and Completers Placed" include those:

  • Placed based upon job titles included in the list of job titles published by the institution for which the program prepares students.
  • Placed based upon the required use of skills learned in the student’s program as a predominant component of the job.
  • Placed based upon the benefit of the training received from the program in obtaining a new position or maintaining a current position, supporting promotion or improving job related skills.

A "graduate" is (all of the following):

  • Achieved a GPA of 2.0 or greater at graduation.
  • Successfully passed all courses in the program or substitute courses permitted by the institution.
  • Attained required competencies or speed levels in all courses.
  • Met all clinical, internship, and externship requirements.
  • Satisfied all other academic requirements for graduation.
  • Satisfied all non-academic requirements for graduation, such as payment of tuition and fees, return of books, etc.
  • Received the appropriate credential.
  • Ceased enrollment in the program at the campus, unless currently enrolled or reenrolled as a new start in a different program.

A "completer" is a student who is no longer enrolled in the institution and who has either completed the time allowed or attempted the maximum allowable number of credits for the program of study but did not accomplish one of the following graduation requirements:

  • Achieve a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Attain required competencies or speed skills.
  • Satisfy non-academic requirements (e.g., outstanding financial obligations).

"Not Available for Placement" includes graduates and completers who are unavailable to seek employment due to one of the following reasons: pregnancy; death; health-related situations of the graduate or completer, or a direct family member that requires care; continuing education; military service; ineligible for employment in the United States because of visa restrictions; and completers and graduates of a stand-alone English as a Second Language program.


SBC - Tampa - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 32%

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website.