The Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development (RMPD) consisting of nearly 800 majors—one of the largest programs of this kind in the United States—participate in an industry-savvy curriculum producing graduates who can contribute immediately to the retail and retail-related companies who hire them. Retail and retail-related jobs are critical, as indicated by the Florida Retail Federation:
- Fact: Retailing is Florida's second largest employment industry (also true for the US)
- Fact: Florida retailers provide 1 out of every 5 jobs (also true for the US).
- Fact: Florida retailers provide over $20 billion in wages annually.
- Fact: Florida retailers collect and remit over $13.4 billion in sales and retail-related taxes.
We are no longer taking 2017-2018 applications for the M.S. degree program in Global Merchandising and Product Development.