Merchandising and Digital Retailing (MDR) offers unique program that prepares the students for the dynamic fashion and retail industry. With strong industry connection, engaged faculty and innovative curricula, we pride ourselves in being one of the leading programs in the United States. With the unique curricular that integrates retailing, digital retailing, and merchandising, 90% of the graduates of the MDR program secures a job position in the related field.
How are the students prepared?
Internships: Students need to complete a required internship that prepares them to further their career within the field upon graduation.
Annual Events: Professional development events such as the annual Merchandising Career Expo, Consumer Experience Symposium and Executive+ Scholar series bring recruiters from major retail, fashion, home furnishings and e-commerce companies to broaden the
Student organizations: MDR Students also have the opportunity to participate in Merchandising Inc., and the National Retailing Federation Student Association. Both organizations help students establish industry contacts and enhance their professional development and are open to any major in the department.
Professional Development Program: MDR students can get involved in Merchant Development Program and Market Menternship Program. These programs enable students to have deeper understanding of the industry and make important industry connection during their academic program.
Scholarships: To recognize students’ scholastic achievements, scholarships are available to MDR majors. They are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, articulation of professional goals, and, for some scholarships, financial need.
Study Tours: Students gain global experience through study tours organized to broaden their perspectives on global supply chain and global retailing industry. MDR offers study tours to Hong Kong/China, Europe, New York, Dallas and Silicon Valley
Where did MDR graduates go?
Nordstrom, Dillard's Express, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, Fossil, Target, Zales, Saks Fith Avenue, Pier 1, The Container Store, Michael Kors, BCBG, William-Sonoma, Forever 21, and many, many more!
What jobs are available for MDR graduates?
Buyer, Product developer, Store analyst, Visual merchandiser, Web Analyst, Store manager, Sourcing manager, Merchandise planner, to name a few