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Retail management programs prepare people to work in retail.

Retail management programs prepare people to work in and manage retail stores. Students learn how to make sales, manage customer service, and keep records. They also learn to direct staff and operations on a sales floor.

Retail management programs include topics such as:


Technical and career schools offer certificate programs in retail management. A certificate program usually takes several months to a year of full-time study. Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in retail management. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.

A few colleges offer bachelor degrees in retail management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. A bachelor degree is good to work as a management trainee in a large retail operation.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A certificate program in retail typically includes courses in the following subjects:

An associate degree program in retail management typically includes courses in the following subjects:

A bachelor's degree program typically includes most of the courses listed for the associate degree. Some of these will be in greater depth. Liberal arts courses will also be included, plus additional specialized retail management courses such as the following:

Things to Know

Business courses in high school can be very useful preparation for a career in retail. If you intend to enter a degree program, your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Edmonds Community College

Highline College

North Seattle College

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College

Central Washington University - Pierce County

Clover Park Technical College

Tacoma Community College

West Side Area

Lower Columbia College

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Area

GMC Training Institute

Yakima Valley College