Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Retail Merchandising provides graduate level competency in retail store management and buying for academically talented students who are completing an undergraduate degree in merchandising. The certificate program is designed to be completed concurrently with the bachelor’s degree and allows students to double-count graduate courses for both the B.S. degree and the Graduate Certificate. 

Prerequisites: Students must have completed at least 90 hours of credit in their undergraduate program, earned a minimum 3.0 FSU Cumulative GPA, and earned a grade of B or better in CTE 4822. Interested students should contact the Department of Retail, Merchandising & Product Development office for specific details.

Application Process

Qualified students currently enrolled in the Merchandising major should apply through the RMPD Department website by completing and printing the electronic application and submitting the form to Dr. Sherry Schofield in the RMPD Office (SAN 332). This form must be submitted alongside:

  1. a one (1) page statement of educational and career goals;
  2. a resume; and
  3. a completed faculty endorsement signed by one of the merchandising faculty.

Prerequisite

Students must have completed at least 90 hours of credit in their undergraduate program, earned a minimum 3.0 FSU Cumulative GPA, and earned a grade of B or better in CTE 4822. Interested students should contact the Department of Retail, Merchandising & Product Development Office for specific details.

Required Courses 

CTE 5816 Merchandising Organization (3 credits)
CTE 5828 Merchandising Buying (3 Credits)
CTE 5884 Advanced Merchandising Practicum (6 credits)

Additional Information

Deadlines for Materials:
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1

Students should apply before the semester of their intended intern-block courses in their senior year.

Standardized Test Requirements: There are no standardized test requirements for this certificate, however, students are encouraged to take the GRE during their senior year to assist in possible future graduate school applications.

Registration Process: Once admitted to the Certificate Program, students will work with the departmental office to be enrolled in graduate courses.

Fee Per Course/Credit Hour: Fees parallel that of standard graduate-level courses. If not exhausted, Bright Futures and the Florida Prepaid College Program may be used to pay the undergraduate portion of tuition for graduate courses taken as an undergraduate. The student will pay the remaining difference.