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Undergraduate Program

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Next Generation Retail

Great retail means designing great experiences for consumers, in-store, online, and everywhere in between. From food to fashion to your favourite product categories, the way we shop is changing. Be a part of shaping this dynamic industry while considering the many perspectives and opportunities you'll experience in the Retail Management program.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Retail Management is a 4-year (full time), 5-year (with co-op) undergraduate program.

When you become a Retail Management student, you will begin learning all about retailing right from day one including "Issues and Innovations" that are happening in the industry right now, the "Retail Buying" function, and much more.


Refer to the course calendar for more information and for details on minors available to students from the School of Retail Management. 

Courses listed in the first four semesters provide students with the foundational skills and knowledge of a Bachelor of Commerce degree and introductory courses with an emphasis on the business of retailing. 

The program introduces the key concepts in understanding consumer behaviour and shopper insights.  Building on this foundation the retailer/customer relationship will be examined through a variety of methods include case studies, experiential projects, simulations and more.

Some courses include:

  • Retail Buying
  • Issues and Innovations in Retailing
  • Visual Merchandising & Space Planning
  • Entrepreneurship: New Venture Startup
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Retail Operations Management
  • Applied Retail Research
  • Retail Communications
  • Service Quality Management
  • Plus Marketing, Economics, Accounting, Finance and more...

In semesters 5 through 8, students have the opportunity to delve into more advanced (and strategic) theories, concepts and practices. Retailing in the context of the entire value chain is explored with concepts related to service strategy taking on a broader dimension. A package of elective courses provides students with flexibility in building a program of study that meets individual needs 

Some courses include:

  • Retail Strategy
  • Category Management
  • Social Media Marketing for Retailers
  • Advanced Buying Process
  • Sector Studies in Retail (e.g. Fashion, Luxury, Grocery, or Pop-Up Retail)
  • Retail GIS and Geodemographics
  • International Retail Markets
  • Store Design and Planning
  • Plus the option to minor in Fashion Studies, eBusiness, Business Law, Public Relations, Social Innovation, Marketing, Human Resources Management and more...

Alumni 

As a Ryerson graduate there are many programs and opportunities available to you. Be sure to take advantage of them and learn more at the Ryerson Alumni site, opens in new window.

  • Update your contact info for your personal copy of Ryerson University Magazine and The Ryerson Connection (e-newsletter)
  • Network, volunteer and attend events in your area
  • Celebrate your roots with a class reunion at Alumni Weekend or The Ryerson Dinner

TRSM Talks with Retail Alumni, external link, opens in new window

Inam Daudi, Class of 2014 is a Senior Analyst at Nielsen.

In the video above, he notes that:

  • one of his best career decisions involved switching from another academic program to the retail degree after discovering his interest in the industry. 
  • having a specific degree in retail listed on his resume helped him stand out to the hiring manager and land a great job. 
  • he loves working every day with different types of retailers, categories, and stakeholders that include analysts, category managers, directors and more to find insights from consumer data.

Watch all 14 TRSM Retail alumni talks, external link, opens in new window at our YouTube Channel - RyersonRetail, external link, opens in new window

Photo - John Panighel

John Panighel
Class of 2011
Senior Manager,
Brand Media & Digital Activation
Adidas Canada

Photo - Sara Peshnak

Sara Peshnak
Class of 2012
Planning Manager,
Home Decor - Table Top Category
Indigo Books & Music

Follow your Ryerson Retail Alumni Association (RRAA) on Facebook, external link.

Current RRAA Executive Team

  • Co-Presidents: Tamara Winter & Nikita Chugh
  • Vice President: Sara Peshnak
  • Director, Marketing: Grace Lee 
  • Director, Engagement: Kaitlyn Uy
  • Social Media Manager: Jennifer Goliss
  • Event Specialist: Samantha Simon
  • Engagement Ambassador: Abhi Shah
  • Engagement Ambassador: Pauline Iannello

[ See also PDF fileRRAA Constitution ]

Learn From Award Winning Professors!

Congratulations to our own Dr. Mark Lee for becoming the 2nd Canadian ever to win the prestigious "Distinguished Teaching Award" by the Society of Marketing Advances (SMA) in 2019!

Student Stories

Why Choose Retail Management?

Student Handbook

The student handbook is designed to provide students in the Retail B.Comm degree with the information necessary for students to strive within the program.

Scholarships & Awards

To recognize student excellence, TRSM and Ryerson offer many awards and scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Retail Management offers program specific scholarships geared towards unique success within our program. Each year the school proudly celebrates scholarship recipients and students on the Dean's List at our annual award ceremony.

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Financial Assistance

Ryerson's Financial Assistance offers information and financial resources to students while attending university. The goal is to make a great education achievable for all students and this is supported through many opportunities such as scholarships, bursaries, awards, grants and much more.

Graduate Program

The Master of Science in Management (MScM) is designed for students wishing to pursue a research career with a focus on the retail sector. Work with leading applied researchers to advance your education by through this 16 month full-time program.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Management