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Graduate Certificate in Digital Merchandising

The Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) at the University of Missouri (MU) offers a 100% online graduate certificate in Digital Merchandising. This program targets any individuals who want to better position themselves in digital commerce through a short-term, high-quality, research-based programs. More and more retailing and businesses have digital transactions, and new skills and knowledge are required to be successful in the digital marketplace.

About the Program

This is a 12-credit hour (or 4 classes) program and is part of the Stackable Degree, M.S. in Business from the University of Missouri. The MS in Business consists of 12 credits of core business foundations courses, a minimum of 12 credits from a business graduate certificate and a minimum of 12 credits from another business graduate certificate or a partner graduate certificate (Digital Merchandising).

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Propose new digital merchandising strategies that would enhance digital commerce after analyzing best practices in crafting merchandise assortments, web copy, photography, SEO, and other key techniques; comparing all major costs of running digital commerce, such as shipping, returns, marketing, inventory management, and/or fulfillment.
  • Create brand growth strategies in digital commerce space after evaluating digital branding processes in products, place, pricing, and promotions.
  • Develop new digital marketing strategies after analyzing digital marketing tools currently available for business and marketing communications, such as google analytics and visualization tools; and evaluating the interaction between the marketers and the consumers on digital marketing channels, including email, text and various social media platforms.
  • Evaluate appropriateness of digital data visualization techniques and software tools for a visualization task at hand after learning the principles and various techniques of information visualization.
  • Create overall digital commerce strategies by applying branding, merchandising, marketing and data visualization knowledge and techniques.

The graduate certificate in digital merchandising will require students completing 4 online courses or 12 credit hours. The courses are:

  • Branding, TAM 7300: This course addresses the management of branding product lines produced by textile and apparel firms; strategic implications of the development of brand equity toward increasing customer loyalty. Every fall semester
  • Digital marketing for fashion, TAM 7000: This course develops an understanding of digital marketing strategies and provides executional considerations when fashion companies perform marketing plans within digital channels. Students will utilize analytical and critical thinking skills to apply the latest technologies to develop integrated marketing strategies across various digital platforms. Every fall semester
  • Digital merchandising, TAM 7600: The course presents a comprehensive overview of the quickly evolving world of digital merchandising across all electronic channels, with an emphasis on fashion. The students learn the architecture and functionality of websites, mobile apps, and social media, and the successful techniques being utilized to optimize sales and profits. Every spring semester
  • Information visualization and visual analytics, Arch St 7962: This course addresses the foundation for information visualization and deals with external representation and interactive manipulation of information, data or artifacts using digital tools to enhance communication, analytical reasoning and decision-making. Every spring semester.
  • Award winning researchers and teachers in the field.
  • 100% online, no campus visits required
  • Flexible timeline to completion – continue to work while earning your degree
  • Rolling admissions – courses offered in fall and spring semesters. Taking a break in summer. Students can start in fall or in spring semester.
  • Flat-rate tuition – no added distance or out-of-state costs
  • Tuition reduction available for MU/Extension employees and military members
  • Federal financial aid eligible
  • Applied focus to enhance your current work or support future career goals
  • Learn alongside other working professionals across the nation and the world
  • Hands-on advisers help you meet your goals
  • Take charge of your learning and career growth
  • May be able to use the credits to earn the Master’s of Science in Textile and Apparel Management (30 credit hours). If you choose to continue your education, this program offers a transition from a graduate certificate to a Master’s of science in textile and apparel management (30 credit hours) after completion of the graduate certificate. The formal admission process to MS in TAM (resident program) will need to take place separately. Students must come to Columbia to complete the MS degree as it is not online.
  • Use it to earn the Master’s of Science in Business at Mizzou, 100% online

Applications

  1. Students must have earned a US bachelor’s degree or in equivalent from an accredited institution. If your degree is from a college or university outside of the United States, the institution must be recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned. The degree must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree, or higher degree.
  2. All non-native English-speaking applications are required to provide proof of English language ability. Please see the type of acceptable English language tests and minimum English proficiency test scores from here.
  1. Latest resume or vita
  2. Unofficial transcript (official transcript will be required by the graduate school once accepted)
  3. Personal statement
  4. Language requirements if non-native English speakers

If you will be a new graduate student to University of Missouri, fill out the application and pay the application fee through the MU Graduate School online application system. If you are currently a graduate student at MU seeking another graduate degree(s), please fill out the “Application for Graduate change of Program, Degree, Emphasis, or Advisor form” to add this certificate to your degree portfolio.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may start your degree program in the Spring or Fall terms. Applications are recommended to be completed at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the term for which you are applying. At this time, we do not offer these classes in summer.

If you are a non-MU student, fill out the application and pay the application fee through the MU Graduate School online application system. You also must submit a letter stating your goals and unofficial transcripts through the application website. If you are a non-native English-speaking student, please apply using the non-native English-speaking student application. Proof of English proficiency is required (see more from here). If you are admitted by the department, please request official transcripts of your baccalaureate degree(s) and send to the MU Graduate School.

If you are currently at MU seeking another graduate degree(s), please fill out the “Application for Graduate change of Program, Degree, Emphasis, or Advisor form” to add this certificate to your degree portfolio.

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The GRE or GMAT is not required for online students.
When applying to the MU Graduate School, all international students must submit language exam scores.
Yes. That is the beauty of this program. However, some might want to maintain the full-time status for various reasons.
Full-time enrollment in graduate school is 9 credits in fall and spring terms and 6 credits in the summer. Most online students are part-time, however, and take between 3 and 6 credits per term. Students may be limited to 3 or 6 credits by their advisers.
You need to be enrolled at least half-time (4.5 credit hours) to qualify for federal aid as a degree-seeking graduate student. This is the minimum amount of credit hours required for loan deferment status as well. Please visit the Financial Aid website for the most up-to-date information.
It takes a little as 9 months. If you take 2 classes in fall and 2 classes in spring, you will earn the certificate. If you take 1 per semester, it may take up to 2 years.
Description Amount Credit Hours Total Program Cost
Tuition $677.80 12 $8,133.60
Supplemental Course Fee $60.50 12 $726.00
Info Tech Fee $14.35 12 $172.2
TOTAL per credit hour $752.65 $9,031.80

Note. These estimates do not include your application fee, textbooks or course materials. Additional fees may apply. Course fees vary from department to department. Your actual program costs will vary from these estimated totals.

Employees of the University of Missouri or University of Missouri Extension qualify for a 75% tuition reduction. Spouses and dependents of MU employees may also qualify for a tuition reduction. See the Financial Aid website for more information about the employee benefit. U.S. Military personnel, veterans, and qualified dependents may qualify for the Mizzou Online Military Tuition Award. The program is also eligible for federal Title IV aid. For more information about federal aid, contact sfa@missouri.edu or 573-882-7506 at Mizzou Financial Aid Office.