Dallas Retail Merchandising Schools
Retail merchandising involves planning, presenting and developing retail goods. Students in Dallas, Texas, who are interested in gaining the career training to enter this field can pursue related programs at multiple schools in the area. This article highlights the required coursework in programs at three institutions that are within 35 miles of city-center Dallas. Also included are a table of school stats and some info on a few other area colleges.
- Tarrant County College District is the largest of the three featured schools and offers two certificate programs and an associate's degree program in fashion merchandising at the Northeast campus. Situated in the suburban area of Hurst, Texas, the campus is about 31 miles from downtown Dallas.
- Located approximately 35 miles from central Dallas in Denton, the University of North Texas serves more than 36,000 students annually. Students there can earn bachelor's and master's degrees in merchandising.
- Texas Woman's University is a public school also located in Denton that offers a bachelor's degree and a minor program in fashion merchandising. The institution is also roughly 35 miles from downtown Dallas.
Comparison of Schools
Multiple factors can impact your choice on where to study retail merchandising: the type of school, setting, the number of students on campus and, of course, the costs. Get details on these and other stats for the profiled colleges in the table below.
|Tarrant County College District||University of North Texas||Texas Woman's University|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||52,957*||38,276*||15,473*|
|Campus Setting||Large city (main offices)||Midsize city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$1,593 in-district; $2,862 in-state; $6,885 out-of-state*||$10,544 in-state; $20,504 out-of-state*||$7,486 in-state; $17,446 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||65%*||79%*||89%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission||72%*||86%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||64% for full-time students*||78% for full-time students*||78% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||20% (students began studies Fall 2014)*||54% (students began studies Fall 2011)*||36% (students began studies Fall 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Tarrant County College District
Tarrant County College District enrolls over 50,000 students and is the sixth largest institution of higher learning in Texas. Among its 80 technical and transfer programs are certificates and an associate's degree program in fashion merchandising offered at the Northeast campus.
Fashion Merchandising Certificate I
The fashion merchandising certificate at Tarrant County College combines business training with fashion topics. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the merchandising and apparel industries. Coursework includes retailing, fashion image, textiles, and a fashion promotion capstone course. A general education course in communication is also required. This certificate can be earned as a standalone credential or as the groundwork for an associate's degree in merchandising.
Fashion Merchandising Certificate II
Students of this certificate program will take many of the same courses as those found in the Certificate I program, in addition to management courses such as managerial accounting and management principles. A course in financial accounting is also taken.
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Fashion Merchandising
Students in this associate's degree program take the same fashion courses as those in the certificate programs; however, there's also a capstone course and business classes such as accounting, management, ethics and business principles. General education courses including composition, social science, mathematics and humanities are also necessary. Individuals in this program have the opportunity to enhance their educational experience with fashion industry field trips and tours.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas, located in Denton, is one of Texas' largest universities. The university's College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism is recognized for its effective merchandising degree programs and was awarded the American Textile Manufacturers' Institute Award for Excellence. Students who have completed the school's merchandising programs have established careers with a number of successful retail businesses, including Nordstrom, Target, Fossil and Neiman Marcus.
Bachelor of Science in Merchandising
Bachelor's degree programs in merchandising can prepare students to pursue a number of retail careers in areas such as retail sales and supply, merchandising and retail store management. Students learn the business and technical aspects of retail merchandising, including the planning, development and marketing of clothing and other retail goods. Courses are offered in consumer studies, textiles, fashion strategies, brand development and merchandising mathematics. The program requires students to complete internships prior to graduation. Internship opportunities are available with retail corporations, retail supply warehouses and showrooms. The program's coordinators assist students with finding internships and student employment opportunities.
Master of Science in Merchandising
Students interested in advanced careers in retail merchandising can earn a master's degree in merchandising. The merchandising program curriculum teaches students about managing customer experience, merchandising strategies, dress analysis and consumer theory. Courses involve intensive research and allow students to hone professional skills and management techniques. Graduate students can choose an independent research degree track or a thesis track. The MS in Merchandising is also available online.
Texas Woman's University
Also located in Denton, Texas Woman's University is the country's largest university with a dominant women's population. Students can gain the educational and technical skills needed for a career in merchandising through the school's bachelor's degree program in fashion merchandising.
Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising
Students interested in a career in a store environment can select the management emphasis, while students who wish to work in the corporate world may opt for the planning emphasis. Both focus areas require a general education foundation in English, science, women's studies, humanities and mathematics. Major coursework focuses on developing creativity and understanding of fashion theory, as well as fluency with business concepts. Students may also earn this degree as part of a dual degree program resulting in a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising.
Minor in Fashion Merchandising
Students pursuing majors in other areas, but with a strong interest in merchandising, can decide to focus on a minor in fashion merchandising. The minor requires 18 credit hours of merchandising coursework, such as fashion marketing, promotion, merchandise planning and buying. Six of these credit hours must be filled with advanced coursework.
Other nearby schools that offer relevant programs are Northwood University and Texas Christian University. Northwood University, about 18 miles from downtown Dallas, offers a program in fashion marketing that covers similar business and fashion topics, while Texas Christian University has a bachelor's degree program in fashion merchandising and is 33 miles away from downtown.