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Retail Management

Lead the transformation of retail

Imagine choosing the latest styles to feature in a luxury retail assortment, planning the social media strategy for a new organic grocery chain or launching a startup to run your own e-commerce business. Join the next generation of leaders in a dynamic and evolving sector of the global economy.

A BComm in Retail Management will give you a solid foundation in buying, merchandising, strategic planning, retail technologies, operations management, customer experience design through in-store, online, and mobile channels, global issues, brand or category management, social media and much more. Use industry-leading software to design product displays, analyze how consumers engage with brands across social media and visualize business intelligence or geographic data.

Why Retail Management?

Retail is the top employment sector in the country, with almost 2 million Canadians working in the industry. Almost 600,000 of those employees hold tactical or managerial positions.

Retail involves planning, evaluating and overseeing the operations of various elements of retail establishments and the companies that support them. This includes understanding how to lead a changing retail workforce, evolving customer needs and changes to where and how we shop with innovations like digital mirrors in stores, mobile apps everywhere and voice-controlled shopping assistants in our homes.


Our experiential learning opportunities include field-based projects, international case competitions, certification options and field trips, not to mention Retail Week and a Retail Conference – events designed to connect students directly with industry leaders.

Study trips to China, New York and Montreal will expose you to the global brands and leaders who are driving the success of top bricks-and-mortar and online/mobile retail companies.

Complete a summer internship following your third year or apply to co-op and complete a total of four paid work terms in roles from store management to buying, marketing and more. 

Admission requirements

Requirements for the Full-Time, Four-Year Program

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • Mathematics (one of Calculus and Vectors [MCV4U], Advanced Functions [MHF4U] or Mathematics of Data Management [MDM4U])
  • MCV4U is the preferred mathematics course
  • Note: the minimum grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

"A degree in Retail has really meant an advantage when first looking for jobs out of school. So, having specific courses around buying and strategy for retail really set me apart from a lot of other students.

Jennifer Hileman, Retail Management, 2011

Your future career

  • Buyer or Planning Manager
  • Shopper Insights Analyst 
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Category Manager
  • Retail Consultant 
  • District or Store Manager 
  • Digital Experience Lead
  • Space Planning Specialist
  • Business Development Manager
  • Visual/Online Merchandiser
  • Entrepreneur