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Experiential Learning

Learning through different types of experiences is a key component of the academic experience within the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management.

Our degree program incorporates field trips and travel study opportunities; real world projects in the classroom and internship/co-op work terms; the chance to go on an international exchange or participate in competitions and community activities around campus.

Getting involved is easy and there is always a new opportunity just around the corner!

RMG914 Class Photo during field trip to Nordstrom in Michigan
Class Photo during field trip to Nordstrom in Michigan

Travel Study

As a Retail Management student, you will have the opportunity to participate in travel study trips at various points throughout your academic career.

Each year our fourth year students attend the National Retail Federation (NRF) conference in New York City where they see the latest and greatest in retail technology, learn from guest speakers representing the titans of the industry, and tour Manhattan to find unique retail formats with the guidance of a professional retail consultant.

Every two years, we offer RMG917 - Asia Pacific Travel study as a degree credit course that culminates in a trip to 3 different cities in China.  Students experience very different retail markets in each city, meet with domestic retailers and international exporters, and visit other university programs during their stay.

(Video of travel study trip to China in May 2012)

Leaders in Retail Conference Poster

New Conference - RSA Leaders in Retail

February 27 and 28 of 2015 marked the first annual student-run event and case competition – the Leaders in Retail Conference.

This year featured a Pop-Up Retail case competition with interdisciplinary teams of students pitching their best ideas for one of four existing spaces within the Downtown Yonge BIA’s membership area.

Teams met for speed-consulting sessions with professionals from Deloitte, PwC, Jackman Reinvents, and Cushman & Wakefield, along with hearing from speakers at Walk-in Closet, Deloitte, The Winston Collective, and Aurora Realty Consultants 


Retail Week

Harry Rosen with Students at Retail Week 2014
Harry Rosen meets with Students at Retail Week 2014

Since 2008, the halls of the TRSM building have been filled in early November with Retail Week activities.  Most recently featured events included:

  • Joe Jackman (of Jackman Reinvents) with Mr. Harry Rosen
    The "Dream Job" series, with Google Canada
  • Queen St. Entrepreneurs (incl. Alumna Lindsay MacMillan)
  • Le Chateau's re-branding story
  • Speed Mentoring with employers 
  • Rossann Williams, President of Starbucks Canada

(Read "TRSM Brings in Big Industry Professionals", reported by The Ryersonian, November 2014)

(Video Recap of Retail Week 2014)

Student Testimonial

What I love most about the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management is the opportunities it has for its students, including experiential learning and the many conferences that connect you to the industry.

Devon Klaas
Retail Management
Class of 2015