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Merchandising Graduate Certificate


Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition and Fees

Contact information



Program Description

In the ever changing, global atmosphere of retailing, the ability to merchandise the product to the consumer is a strategic advantage. Understanding merchandising at every level, which this degree provides, will distinguish a person among their peers. Retailing is a major impact on the U.S. economy; representing 1/3 of the total U.S. economy or $4 trillion. The online Merchandising Graduate Certificate is ideal for professionals in a variety of retail-related fields. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in product development, promotions, and retail management in this ever expanding industry.

You may have chosen retailing, apparel design or business as a profession but don’t have the theoretical background of merchandising. The additional expertise offered through the merchandising graduate certificate could position you for career advancement or a new career in merchandising.

Graduate certificates are an excellent way to earn creditals and decide if a full master's program is right for you. Credits offered in this program can be transferred into the full online M.S. in Merchandising program.


Merchandising Brochure.pdf

"NDSU online classes were a very efficient use of my time when having to maintain my life/work balance. I think this method of learning is going to continue to be the best way for working adults to enhance their education without losing time away from work/home."

- David, Beaverton, OR
  ADHM 750 Retail Theory & Current Practice


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Sample Plan of Study

The 12 credit graduate certificate program consists of three required 3 credit courses and one elective 3 credit course, listed below.

Required Core Courses:

Elective Courses: (3 CREDITS)

Total Credits: 12


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Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.'s will be added at a later date.



Graduate Faculty

For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Graduate Certificate in Merchandising bulletin page.




Apply for admission
View Getting Started Guide

For current admission requirements, visit the Graduate Certificate in Merchandising bulletin page.


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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management
Phone: 701-231-5273
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/adhm/merchandising/about.html

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-5945
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


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