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The B.Comm (Honours) degree in Retail Management was established in 1998 following a history of leadership in Canadian retail education at Toronto Metropolitan University since 1948. 

Unique within our country, the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management (TRSRM) is best positioned to be the Canadian university program for innovation in retailing. This entails thought leadership through theoretical and applied research, executive education, continuing education (opens in new window) , and graduate studies while leveraging our 4-year Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and 5-year Co-op programs to help develop future leaders of the retail industry.

Dedicated entirely to the study of retailing, our school provides numerous experiential learning opportunities for students to engage with the industry and fosters the development of a broad academic community with aligned interests – serving as a hub to connect individual researchers and professors. 

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Retail Management

Graduates with a BComm (Honours) in Retail Management often start their careers in one of the different areas of the Retail Management program focus areas (opens in new window)  highlighted below:

a) Retail Buying, Planning & Merchandising Focus: The possible careers in this focus include buyer, merchandiser, visual, merchandiser, merchandise planner, digital merchandiser, category lead, and procurement specialist

b) Social Media & Digital Retailing Focus: The possible careers in this focus include social media manager/marketer, digital strategist, online community manager, digital analyst, marketing and communications officer, content creator, and e-commerce manager

c) Retail Data Analytics Focus: The possible careers in this focus include data analyst, retail strategist, business intelligence analyst, business analyst, and customer experience analyst.

d) Retail Leadership & Innovation Focus: The possible careers in this focus include retail entrepreneur, retail sustainability specialist, and territory/Department/Store Managers

Typically, these roles are within apparel retailers, grocery and packaged goods, department stores, general merchandise or shopping centre management firms but may also include retail consulting firms, retail banking, or new start-ups.  

Check out the Retail Management focus areas (opens in new window)  to learn more!

A number of our graduates have also gone on to start their own businesses or pursue graduate education such as an MBA (opens in new window)  or Master of Science in Management.

Yes, real-world experience is a key to standing out in a competitive job market.  Our co-op and internships integrate academic learning with workplace experience, allowing our students to apply theory and develop skills toward their professional goals.

All students in the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management will complete at least one documented internship (i.e. a single work term of 400+ hours) but may choose to apply for entry to the co-op program (a total of 4 work terms) at the start of their 2nd year in the degree.

Past co-op and internship work terms have included roles in operations, marketing, consulting, buying and merchandising for companies such as Adidas, Artizia, Costco, Enterprise, Hudson's Bay Company, IBM, Ivanhoe Cambridge, TJX Canada, Staples, TD Bank, and many more!

The Ted Rogers School of Retail Management is the first post-secondary institution in Canada to offer courses that will prepare students to write the Category Management Association (CMA) certification (opens in new window)  exam to be recognized as a Certified Professional Category Analyst (CPCA) upon graduation.  

Category Management is integral to all of retail and is well-established in the grocery, packaged goods and general merchandise sectors.  Some examples of product categories may include “Breakfast Cereals”,  “Soft Drinks and Carbonated Beverages”, “Console Video Games”, “Hair Care Products”, “Running Shoes”, Kitchen Appliances” and many more.

Yes, the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management has exchange partners all over the world, including Australia, Austria, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and many more.  

Visit the Ted Rogers School’s International Exchange Program website

false accepted the first cohort of students into the new BComm (Honours) degree in Retail Management in Fall 1998; however, Ryerson has a history of educating retail professionals dating back to 1948.  

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Visit the TMU Admissions website for admission requirements and How to Apply for step-by-step instructions, applications and related documents, and other information related to applying for programs at Ryerson.

Tuition fees vary depending on whether accommodations are needed, and whether you are attending from out of the province or country.  

To learn more about the fees, finances and the cost of attending the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management, visit false’s Admissions page.

Financial assistance is available through OSAP (external link, opens in new window)  . The School of Retail Management also offers a number of program specific awards and scholarships.  For more information, visit Student Financial Assistance to learn more about resources available to help you meet your financial needs.

Incoming international students can get program specific information by contacting the School of Retail Management.  Access general information pertaining to international students and opportunities.

The Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) degree originated in Britain and traditionally involves majoring in a specialized area of business.  A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is intended to provide students with general knowledge in all the functional areas of business, and may or may not include a major. At this time the Ted Rogers School of Management only offers BComm degrees but for practical purposes, most universities in Ontario only offer one or the other (BComm or BBA) and consider them largely interchangeable.

About TMU

The Ted Rogers School of Retail Management (TRSM) is situated at 55 Dundas St. W (external link, opens in new window)  in the heart of downtown Toronto beside the Toronto Eaton Centre and between Yonge and Bay Streets.

The Ted Rogers School of Management is accessible by taking the  (external link) subway to Dundas Station (external link, opens in new window) .  Visitors may also wish to take the subway to Union Station (external link, opens in new window)  and follow the underground pedestrian  (PDF file) PATH system (external link, opens in new window) , or to ride the 505 Dundas streetcar to Bay Street or Yonge Street (external link, opens in new window) .  

Go Transit (external link, opens in new window)  also offers frequent service to downtown Toronto from all over the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Visit Parking at Ryerson for more information about parking personal vehicles on campus or nearby.

false offers a variety of virtual and in-person tours.

Discover false’s bustling downtown campus through a campus tour.  Campus Tours run twice a day, Monday through Friday, at 10 am and 1 pm and are approximately 90 minutes. 

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History of the Program

Canada’s first School of Retail, within the Faculty of Business at Toronto Metropolitan University, began welcoming students into a 4-year specialized B.Comm degree in  September 1998. However, our history in offering education in "Retail Merchandising" dates back to the launch of Ryerson in 1948 through several previous programs and formats.

June of 2000 marked a major contribution to the School’s Invest in Futures campaign in the form of $1 million donations each by 4 leading retailers – Hudson’s Bay, Loblaw Companies Ltd., Sears Canada, and Walmart Canada. 

With our 10th anniversary in 2008, the school introduced Retail Week @TRSM and since that time we have developed a Retail Co-op Program, added professional certification in Category Management (external link, opens in new window) , offered customized corporate training (opens in new window)  programs, a TRSM Pop-up Retail initiative and congratulated over 1,000 graduates from the B.Comm degree as the retail leaders of tomorrow.

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The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) (external link, opens in new window)  provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. 

Less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. The Ted Rogers School of Management is one of only eight business programs in Ontario that is accredited.

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TRSM Retail is the first post-secondary institution in Canada to prepare students as Certified Professional Category Analysts (CPCA) (external link, opens in new window)  upon graduation.

Category Management is integral to all of retail and is well-established in the grocery, packaged goods and general merchandise sectors.  Some examples of product categories may include “Soft Drinks”, “Running Shoes”, "Electronics" and many more.

For further information on Retail Management, please call or e-mail:

General Inquiries:
Phone 416.979.5000 ext: 557282
Location: Room 3-172, 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C3