In the ever-changing, global atmosphere of retailing, the ability to merchandise the product to the consumer is a strategic advantage. Merchandising is the theoretical background needed to deliver the right product or service to the consumer in the right place, in the right quantities, at the right time and the right price. The Great Plains IDEA sponsors fully-online Merchandising programs that allows students to complete coursework while maintaining their professional lives.

Graduates of the program are prepared to work in product development, promotions and retail management. Retailing has a major impact on the U.S. economy, representing 1/3 of the total U.S. economy or $4 trillion. For professionals in retailing, apparel design or business who lack the theoretical background of merchandising, the expertise offered through the merchandising master's degree may provide for career advancement or a new career in merchandising.

The master's degree program consists of ten required courses plus 6 credit-hours of practicum, thesis or elective credits.

  • 36 credit hours

The Merchandising graduate certificate program consists of three required courses and one elective course.

  • 12 credit hours

Degree/Certificate titles vary by institution. Consult each institution for the title as it will appear on the diploma.


Students select one university to be their "home institution", this is the university to which you apply, enroll and pay tuition. Students must meet the admissions requirements of the home institution. Contact the Campus Coordinator at the institution you wish to call "home" for more information.

Kansas State University Rachel Ohmes
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sharon Reeder
North Dakota State University Karen Murie
Oklahoma State University Susan Malec
South Dakota State University Theresa Ireland

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