2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Human Sciences (M.S.) - Merchandising Specialization

Location(s): Online

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Program Contact/Coordinator

Nancy Lyons, Professor Emerita
School of Health and Consumer Sciences
Wagner Hall 425, Box 2275A

Program Information

The M.S. in Human Sciences specialization in Merchandising provides an understanding of merchandising at every level, with emphasis on current trends in the United States and the global marketplace, factors that will distinguish graduates among their peers. Students can obtain a focus on the merchandising aspect of the business. The additional expertise offered through the merchandising certificate may position individuals for career advancement or a new career in merchandising. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in product development, promotions, and retail management in this ever-expanding industry.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand theories, principles, practices and terminology related to the merchandising industry.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating effectively using oral and written techniques, to include the use of technology, in the gathering and professional presentation of information.
  • Apply their knowledge of leadership, planning, and controlling to business activities and merchandising organizations.
  • Analyze and evaluate the triple bottom-line (economic, social, environmental) impact of sustainable merchandising industry activities and processes.
  • Demonstrate strong research, analytical and strategic decision-making skills.

Course Delivery Format

The online program has been developed by faculty from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). Courses will be entirely Internet based and will be taught by faculty within the Alliance (Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, and University of Nebraska). Courses are offered fall, spring and summer semesters.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science Option A - Thesis 36 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 36 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 36 Credit Hours

Select from the following options

Option A - Thesis

The thesis option is reserved only for those students who are willing and able to travel to SDSU main campus in Brookings, SD several times during their graduate studies.

Option B - Research/Design Paper

Option C - Coursework Only

  • Electives Credits: 6

Total Required Credits: 36 (Option A, B, & C)

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not Required
TOEFL: 71 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 7.5
IELTS: 6.0
Duolingo: 100

General Requirements

Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .

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