Retail Buying and Management - Certificate

The Center for Retailing Studies (Center), a nationally known and respected center, is part of the Department of Marketing in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. The Center, a bridge between the academic and business community, serves students, faculty, and partner firms in a variety of ways. Of particular interest to BBA undergraduate students is the Certificate in Retail Buying and Management, which requires four retailing related classes, an internship, and participation in the Student Retailing Association.

Graduates who earn the Certificate in Retail Buying and Management are well equipped for exciting careers in management, merchandising, retail financial planning, and marketing. Most Center partner companies hire students who have earned the certificate into executive development training programs which prepare them for the next level of career advancement.

The certificate is university-recognized, a supplement to a student's degree, and is open to all BBA majors. Through a customized program of retailing, marketing, and related courses, and other educational experiences, students receive focused preparation for a retailing career. Completion of the program provides tangible evidence of commitment and expertise in retailing.

For more information contact Hannah Cole, marketing academic advisor, at hcole@mays.tamu.edu, or the Center for Retailing Studies staff in Suite 201 of the Wehner building.

Students pursuing the certificate must complete all program requirements prior to graduation. A certificate notation will be added to the transcript after graduation.

Requirements include 12 hours of specific coursework, with a grade of 'B' or better required in each certificate course, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better by graduation.

Select four of the following:12
Retailing Concepts and Policies
Strategic Retailing
Retail Merchandising
Advanced Retail Case Study
Strategic Digital Marketing

Also, an internship in the retailing industry is required. The internship must be for a minimum of 300 hours over 15 weeks or fewer. Academic credit is not required for the internship. However, no more than 20% of work can be clerical or unrelated to the development of professional skills in marketing. The internship must offer meaningful, professional-level learning in areas of sales, advertising, retailing, sports marketing, event planning, or communication. The student must comply with all company regulations, health and safety conditions, and legal requirements.

Internship objectives:

  • Apply academic knowledge in a supervised work environment
  • Build contacts
  • Develop professional competencies
  • Increase understanding of career paths in marketing

Finally, active participation in the associated student organization, Student Retailing Association, is required, for a minimum of 2 semesters. Participation points are earned through various programs and are verified by the organization advisor. Financial aid is available by application through the Department of Marketing.