School and Ranking Info
The sole school within 25 miles of Lexington, KY, that offers degree programs in retail merchandising is a high-ranking public university. In addition to its location, the university was chosen as the top school for retail management because of its degree options, opportunities for professional experience and numerous national rankings.
- Winner: The University of Kentucky in Lexington is a national university that placed among the top public schools in the country for 2015. The university's School of Human Environmental Sciences houses the Retailing and Tourism Management department, through which students can pursue a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Kentucky|
|Rankings||#63 among Top Public Schools in the U.S.;
#115 on High School Counselor Rankings;
#129 among National Universities in the U.S. (2015)*
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $10,110 (in-state);
|Retail Merchandising Awards Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Retail Merchandising Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||Five**|
|Most Popular Retail Merchandising Degree Level in 2013||Master's (5)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class||62%**|
|Noteworthy||Merchandising students can participate in the Kentucky Plaid project|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
University of Kentucky
- Industry internships with noted designers and retailers
- Students can join the Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles (MAT) club
- Students can participate in community extension programs and research projects
The University of Kentucky enrolls nearly 28,500 students a year and has a student-faculty ratio of 18:1. Degree-seeking students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles program learn how to merchandise for national and international markets and become familiar with the properties and practical uses of specific fabrics and textiles. Course topics include electronic retailing, merchandise control, profitability and visual merchandising; opportunities to study abroad may also be available.
The Master of Science in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles program requires 30 credits to complete and includes thesis and non-thesis options. Core coursework covers topics in apparel and textiles, research methodology and statistical analysis. Graduate students also study brand management, consumer behavior and quality assurance. Attendance at the annual Southeast Graduate Consortium provides advanced students with the chance to present research to their peers.