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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/tedrogersschool/retail
Administered by: Ted Rogers School of Retail Management
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.
Full-Time, five-year co-op program.
Part-time, first-year entry program (admission discontinued Fall 2017).
Full-time and part-time second-year direct entry programs (part-time admission discontinued Fall 2017).

The Bachelor of Commerce in Retail Management prepares students for professional careers in the retail sector and its related industries. An expanding global industry, the retail career opportunities are increasingly diverse. As well, the program will prepare those students interested in postgraduate studies in this, or related areas.

Admission Information - Full-Time, Four-Year Program

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U courses in: English and Mathematics (one of Grade 12 U Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U) or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)).

Notes:
  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. Grade 12 U Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) is the preferred Mathematics course.
  3. The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 70 percent range or higher) will be determined subject to competition.
  4. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.
Admission Information - Part-Time, First-Year Entry Program

The part time degree program is not a distance education or online program. There is flexibility for students to choose from a combination of daytime, evening, and online classes based on availability only. Select courses within the degree curriculum are only available during daytime offerings.

Please note: The Retail Management part-time, first year entry program admitted the final cohort for the program in fall 2017.  While no new students will be admitted into the program, the program curriculum will continue to be available to all continuing program students.  Further information regarding the phase-out of the program may be obtained from the Retail Management program office.

Admission Information - Full-Time and Part-Time Second-Year Entry Programs

The Ted Rogers School of Retail Management will consider graduates of the following two-year Diploma programs for admission to the second year of Ryerson's Retail Management Program. Some reach back courses are required. A cumulative average of 'B' is required. A demonstrated ability to succeed in the retail industry may be required.  Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages above the minimum.

  • Fashion Business and Fashion Business Management programs at Seneca College;
  • Fashion Management program at George Brown College;
  • Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Marketing and Management programs at Fanshawe College;
  • Fashion Arts and Fashion Arts and Business programs at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Please note: The Retail Management part-time, second-year entry program admitted the final cohort for the program in fall 2017.  While no new students will be admitted into the program, the program curriculum will continue to be available to all continuing program students.  Further information regarding the phase-out of the program may be obtained from the Retail Management program office.

The part time degree program is not a distance education or online program. There is flexibility for students to choose from a combination of daytime, evening, and online classes based on availability only. Select courses within the degree curriculum are only available during daytime offerings.

Program Overview/Curriculum Information

The program is designed to develop effective leadership and analytic skills toward a strategic understanding of shopper insights and drivers of the demand chain.

Graduates of the Retail Management program may pursue a variety of career options within the industry:

  • buying and supply chain management positions in a retailer's or manufacturer's head office including: trend identification, assortment planning, category management, selection and procurement, supply chain management and logistics functions;
  • store operations management positions in single-unit or multi-unit organizations which specialize in products or services;
  • digital retailing and marketing positions in retail companies or related industries of advertising and communications;
  • planning and analysis positions for retailers in areas such as: rapidly changing consumer needs, the global retail environment and the impact of technology on changing retail formats;
  • retail real estate companies in marketing, leasing or analytics;
  • new venture start-up and management.


The program provides students with an integrated perspective of the many facets of a retail organization as well as insight into the broader context of retailing in society. Students will develop practical and comprehensive knowledge of customer service strategies, 'people' skills, information systems, merchandising and financial acumen as essential elements in the Retail Industry.

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 retail management. Some of the topics include: Consumer Insight, Logistics and Supply Chain, Buying, Merchandising, Applied Retail Research and Service Quality Management.

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 including topics such as Advanced Buying, Visualizing Data for Decisions, Private Label, Sector Studies in Fashion and Luxury, Digital Advertising in Retailing, Corporate Responsibility, Omni-Channel, Store Design and Planning, Franchising, Category Management, and Social Media Marketing.

In fifth or sixth semester, students have the opportunity, subject to availability of spaces and academic performance, to study for a semester abroad. Travel/Study trips to Europe, Asia, and/or North America may be available to students in conjunction with specific courses. In a given year, students may also choose to participate in an extra-curricular Travel Study in major retail centres such as Montreal, New York or Chicago.

Internships are an integral part of the B.Comm in Retail management – giving students an opportunity to put theory into practice by working with a retail manager to document and develop new skills and personal learning objectives. This work experience may cover one or more areas from a broad range of Retail Management opportunities including store management, visual merchandising, buying, shopping centre management, retail banking, e-commerce, digital marketing roles and more.

Before starting an internship, students are required to enrol in the RMG 799 Internship Placement and Prep Course during their sixth semester of the curriculum.

The internship work term is completed in the spring/summer following RMG 799 as the final graded component in that course.

Upon successful completion of a school-approved internship, students in their final year of the program will be enrolled in RMG 801 – Retail Career Strategies. This course will provide an opportunity to reflect and build on their work experience, explore leadership and management skills along with guidance for career planning.

The School also offers an optional co-op program which provides graduates with up to 16 months of work experience integrated into their academic program. Students wishing to be considered for this program must apply for admission into the co-op option upon completion of the first year of the degree.

Admission into the co-op program is based on the following:

  1. Minimum CGPA of 2.80 (or higher), subject to competition
  2. Evidence of superior oral and written communication skills.
  3. An application that includes a letter & resume to be followed by an interview with the Faculty Advisor

Students commence work terms upon completion of second year of the program and the co-op program extends the Retail B.Comm program to five years from four. The School cannot guarantee work term jobs, but the School's Placement Officers will prospect for employers and make every effort to locate suitable positions, as well as be available to advise students on their search for program-related jobs. The co-op program enables students to earn prevailing wages for the level of responsibility and contribution of the jobs they perform and thus finance at least part of their university education.

The part-time program is offered to accommodate those students who intend to take the degree at a slower pace than the full-time day program, due to the demands of daytime employment and/or family obligations.

This program enhances career opportunities for those working in the retail industry.

Certain courses within the part-time degree program will only be available in-class and/or during the day. While students may fulfill their course requirements primarily by distance (internet-based) or evening classes, the part-time degree is not 100% online. Students will complete courses by enrolling through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and through the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management day time offerings for select required courses.

Part-time students are entitled to access up to a maximum of three courses per semester, space permitting.

The School can make no guarantees that all courses required will be offered or available each semester for the part-time program. Therefore, enrolment is subject to availability. Students who feel that the part-time course accessibility no longer suits their personal and academic needs and have taken at least eight courses (including RMG 200, QMS 102 and ITM 102), may apply to transfer permanently into the full-time day program.

This part-time program requires the completion of all courses as outlined by the traditional eight-semester degree, but students will progress at a different pace. While part-time students have some flexibility in course selection and sequence, all introductory level courses should be completed before progressing to intermediate/advanced topics.

Course Identification

Part-time courses are administered by either the program department or The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. The mode of delivery is not reflected in this calendar. Continuing education courses are listed in your enrolment information package and are identified by with a "C" prefix (e.g., CRMG 200). These identifiers are for internal use only and do not affect the equivalency.

Students must take three lower level liberal studies courses and three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

ITM 277 and Economics courses are not available for credit.

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

Revised curriculum beings 2019-2020.

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

CMN 279 Introduction to Professional Communication
ECN 104 Introductory Microeconomics
GMS 200 Introduction to Global Management
MHR 405 Organizational Behaviour
QMS 110 Applied Mathematics for Business
RMG 100 Issues and Innovations in Retailing I

 

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

ACC 100 Introductory Financial Accounting
ITM 102 Business Information Systems I
MKT 100 Principles of Marketing
QMS 210 Applied Statistics for Business
RMG 200 Intro to Retail and Services Management

 

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

ACC 406 Introductory Management Accounting
ENT 500 New Venture Startup
RMG 301 Retail Operations Management
RMG 400 Buying Process I

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

ECN 204 Introductory Macroeconomics
LAW 122 Business Law
RMG 300 Retail Information Management
RMG 303 Service Quality Management
RMG 700 Applied Retail Research

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

GEO 419 Retailing, GIS and Geodemographics
RMG 434 Intro to Logistics and Supply Chain Mgmt
RMG 910 Omni-Channel Retailing

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

FIN 300 Managerial Finance I
RMG 302 Retail Consumer Insight
RMG 452 Visual Merchandising and Space Planning
RMG 799* Internship Placement and Prep

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

* RMG 799 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Please read the program overview (above) for information about the scheduling of this course.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 500 Retail Strategy
RMG 801 Retail Career Strategies

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED:
Two courses from Table II.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 908 Issues and Innovations in Retailing II
RMG 925 Leading in Retail Service Organizations

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

Full-Time, Five-Year Co-Op Program

Revised curriculum begins 2019-2020

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

CMN 279 Introduction to Professional Communication
ECN 104 Introductory Microeconomics
GMS 200 Introduction to Global Management
MHR 405 Organizational Behaviour
QMS 110 Applied Mathematics for Business
RMG 100 Issues and Innovations in Retailing I

 

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

ACC 100 Introductory Financial Accounting
ITM 102 Business Information Systems I
MKT 100 Principles of Marketing
QMS 210 Applied Statistics for Business
RMG 200 Intro to Retail and Services Management

 

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

ACC 406 Introductory Management Accounting
ENT 500 New Venture Startup
RMG 301 Retail Operations Management
RMG 400 Buying Process I

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

ECN 204 Introductory Macroeconomics
LAW 122 Business Law
RMG 300 Retail Information Management
RMG 303 Service Quality Management
RMG 700 Applied Retail Research

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

5th Semester (Offered in Winter Only) 

REQUIRED:

FIN 300 Managerial Finance I
RMG 302 Retail Consumer Insight
RMG 452 Visual Merchandising and Space Planning

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

6th Semester (Offered in Fall Only) 

Revised 6th Semester curriculum begins Fall 2019 to students admitted Fall 2016 and after.

REQUIRED:

GEO 419 Retailing, GIS and Geodemographics
RMG 434 Intro to Logistics and Supply Chain Mgmt
RMG 910 Omni-Channel Retailing

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 500 Retail Strategy
RMG 801 Retail Career Strategies

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table II.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 908 Issues and Innovations in Retailing II
RMG 925 Leading in Retail Service Organizations

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

The sequencing of academic and work terms is shown below:

  Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 1st Semester 2nd Semester --
Year 2 3rd Semester 4th Semester WKT 104 - Work Term I
Year 3 WKT 204 - Work Term II 5th Semester --
Year 4 6th Semester WKT 304 - Work Term III WKT 404 - Work Term IV
Year 5 7th Semester 8th Semester --

Co-operative Program students do not take RMG 799.

Work terms are graded on a pass/fail basis. Each work term is assessed by the Co-op Faculty Advisor on the basis of the student's comprehensive written report and the employer's evaluation of the student's performance on the job.

Students are expected to follow the sequence prescribed for their program. Deviation from the sequence requires the submission of a formal request to the Co-op Faculty Advisor and approval from the School. With permission from the School/Department, students may be allowed to graduate with the co-op endorsement with fewer than the prescribed work terms.

Full-Time, Second-Year Entry Program

Second-Year Entry students will normally be admitted into 3rd Semester of this program. Some reach back courses are required. Students should refer to their Offer of Admission for details.

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

ACC 406 Introductory Management Accounting
ENT 500 New Venture Startup
RMG 301 Retail Operations Management
RMG 400 Buying Process I

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

ECN 204 Introductory Macroeconomics
LAW 122 Business Law
RMG 300 Retail Information Management
RMG 303 Service Quality Management
RMG 700 Applied Retail Research

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

REQUIRED:

GEO 419 Retailing, GIS and Geodemographics
RMG 434 Intro to Logistics and Supply Chain Mgmt
RMG 910 Omni-Channel Retailing

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

FIN 300 Managerial Finance I
RMG 302 Retail Consumer Insight
RMG 452 Visual Merchandising and Space Planning
RMG 799* Internship Placement and Prep

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

* RMG 799 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Please read the program overview (above) for information about the scheduling of this course.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 500 Retail Strategy
RMG 801 Retail Career Strategies

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED:
Two courses from Table II.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 908 Issues and Innovations in Retailing II
RMG 925 Leading in Retail Service Organizations

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

Part-Time, First-Year Entry Program

Please note: The Retail Management part-time, first year entry program admitted the final cohort for the program in Fall 2017. While no new students will be admitted into the program, the program curriculum will continue to be available to all continuing program students. Further information regarding the phase-out of the program may be obtained from the Retail Management program office.

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

CMN 201 Retail Management Communication
GMS 200 Introduction to Global Management
MHR 405 Organizational Behaviour
QMS 102 Business Statistics I
RMG 100 Issues and Innovations in Retailing I
RMG 101 Academic and Career Preparation

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

ACC 100 Introductory Financial Accounting
ECN 104 Introductory Microeconomics
ITM 102 Business Information Systems I
MKT 100 Principles of Marketing
RMG 200 Intro to Retail and Services Management

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

ACC 406 Introductory Management Accounting
ENT 500 New Venture Startup
RMG 301 Retail Operations Management
RMG 400 Buying Process I

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

ECN 204 Introductory Macroeconomics
LAW 122 Business Law
RMG 300 Retail Information Management
RMG 303 Service Quality Management
RMG 700 Applied Retail Research

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

GEO 419 Retailing, GIS and Geodemographics
RMG 434 Intro to Logistics and Supply Chain Mgmt
RMG 910 Omni-Channel Retailing

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

FIN 300 Managerial Finance I
RMG 302 Retail Consumer Insight
RMG 452 Visual Merchandising and Space Planning
RMG 799* Internship Placement and Prep

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

* RMG 799 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Please read the program overview (above) for information about the scheduling of this course.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 500 Retail Strategy
RMG 801 Retail Career Strategies

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED:
Two courses from Table II.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 908 Issues and Innovations in Retailing II
RMG 925 Leading in Retail Service Organizations

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

Part-Time, Second-Year Entry Program

Please note: The Retail Management part-time, second-year entry program admitted the final cohort for the program in Fall 2017. While no new students will be admitted into the program, the program curriculum will continue to be available to all continuing program students. Further information regarding the phase-out of the program may be obtained from the Retail Management program office.

Second-Year Entry students will normally be admitted into 3rd Semester of this program. Some reach back courses are required. Students should refer to their Offer of Admission for details.

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

ACC 406 Introductory Management Accounting
ENT 500 New Venture Startup
RMG 301 Retail Operations Management
RMG 400 Buying Process I

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

ECN 204 Introductory Macroeconomics
LAW 122 Business Law
RMG 300 Retail Information Management
RMG 303 Service Quality Management
RMG 700 Applied Retail Research

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

GEO 419 Retailing, GIS and Geodemographics
RMG 434 Intro to Logistics and Supply Chain Mgmt
RMG 910 Omni-Channel Retailing

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

FIN 300 Managerial Finance I
RMG 302 Retail Consumer Insight
RMG 452 Visual Merchandising and Space Planning
RMG 799* Internship Placement and Prep

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

* RMG 799 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Please read the program overview (above) for information about the scheduling of this course.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 500 Retail Strategy
RMG 801 Retail Career Strategies

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED:
Two courses from Table II.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

RMG 908 Issues and Innovations in Retailing II
RMG 925 Leading in Retail Service Organizations

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table II.

Program Advisory Council

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see Senate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

Andrea Elliot, Chair
Founder
Retail Resources – R2

David Fisch
Vice President, Business PMO
Walmart Canada

Michael Forgione
EVP Operations
Longo’s

Andrew Gomes
Online Search and Merchandise Manager
Acklands Grainger

Oliver Horton
VP, Living Merchandising Division
Canadian Tire Corporation

Satish Kanwar
Director of Product
Shopify

Raju Karki
Senior Manager Consulting Strategy, Operations
Deloitte Inc.

Sharon Lansing
Vice President, Grocery and Market
Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Laurel Mackay-Lee
VP, Planning and Operations
The Shopping Channel

Cheri Mara
VP, General Merchandising, Digital
Indigo

Bill McLean
Partner, Consulting and Deals
PwC

Pippa Morgan
EVP Retail Division
Aritzia

Sara Presutto
Vice President, Partner Resources
Starbucks Coffee Canada

Dave Rodgerson
National Retail Lead
Microsoft

David Skinner
VP Operations
Costco Wholesale Canada

David Wilkes
Senior VP, Grocery Division
Retail Council of Canada

Dave Williams
VP Sales and Operations
Staples Canada

Honorary Members List

Michael Belcourt

Deane Collinson

Ian Landy

Steve Matyas

Ted Rogers School of Management Dean's Council

Andrea Cohen Barrack (Council Chair)
VP, Global Corporate Citizenship
TD Bank

Vito Curalli
Executive Director, Sales for Canada, Latin America and International
Hilton Worldwide

Serge Gattesco
Former National Managing Partner, Strategy & Operations
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

John Kamel
Senior Consultant
Ernst & Young

Jan Kestle
President and CEO
Environics Analytics

Lisa Kimmel (Council Vice-Chair)
President and CEO
Edelman Canada

Veronica Maidman
Independent Corporate Director

Pina Melchionna
President and CEO
Canadian Institute for Traffic and Transportation

Marilyn Monk
Executive VP, Clinical
Hospital for Sick Children

John Morrison
Vice Chairman
Choice Properties REIT

Jim Reid
Chief Human Resources Officer
Rogers

Robert Schauer
Head Business Transformation, North America
BMO Global Asset Management

Godyne Sibay
Managing Partner, Ontario Region
McCarthy Tetrault

Phil Soper
President and CEO
Royal LePage and Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc.

Shafiq Shamji
Director, Cloud Security
Scotiabank, Information Security & Control
 

For updates see: ryerson.ca/tedrogersschool/about/deans-council