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Retail Management (BComm (Hons))

"A degree in retail has really meant for my career an advantage when first looking for jobs out of school. Having specific courses around buying and strategy for retail really set me apart from a lot of other students when I was looking to apply for my first job."

Jennifer Hileman
Retail Management, Class of 2011

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Is It for You?

Lead the retail evolution as a buyer, an aspiring entrepreneur, a shopper  insights analyst and more. Join Canada’s first Retail Management BComm that specializes in traditional and digital retail functions. Participate in experiential learning such as field-based projects and case competitions. Connect with industry executives through Retail Week and student-led events. Complete a paid internship or co-op to turn theory into practice. Take advantage of travel study tours and student exchanges to broaden your real-world retail knowledge.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year; Direct Entry to Second Year; Five-Year Co-op

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

 Grade Range
70-72%+*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Experiential Learning
Co-op

 Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2020/2021

Domestic Fees Range: $9,295 - $9,535
International Fees Range: $30,398 - $33,352

For detailed fees information visit Tuition and Fees by Program.

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.

Requirements for the Full-Time Direct Entry Program

  • Two-year diploma in Fashion Business or Fashion Business Management from Seneca College, Fashion Merchandising or Fashion Marketing and Management from Fanshawe College, Fashion Arts or Fashion Arts and Business from Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning or Fashion Management from George Brown College with a minimum 3.0/B/70% cumulative GPA. Some reachback courses are required.

After Graduation

Prepare for industry leadership in a variety of areas: buying and merchandising, e-commerce; category or brand management, marketing, public relations; become certified as a category analyst or in Google Ads; develop competence in industry-leading software to design product displays, perform customer analysis and analyze social media trends. Or, pursue graduate studies including a master of science in management (MScM) with a research focus on retail, or become a Certified Professional Category Analyst (CPCA) at the only Canadian university to offer this certification.

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