Graduate Academic Certificate in Merchandising

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Achieve Your Graduate Academic Certificate in Merchandising!

The College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism offers a 12-hour graduate certificate which will provide access to the knowledge, experiences, research skills, and critical analysis offered at the graduate level. In addition, the certificates will provide the recipients with credible documentation of the body of knowledge that they have gained at the University of North Texas.

The GAC in Merchandising offers:

  • Our program prepares students to become leaders in the global industry as well as scholars in higher education.
  • Effective leaders are developed through core competencies including solving complex problems, generating new knowledge, communicating effectively, and creating new product and business strategies. Graduate coursework in research methods, research applications, merchandising strategies, international sourcing, and consumer theory prepare students for careers in industry or higher education.


Benefits of this Program

  • Graduates will be able to conceptualize, organize, and propose solutions to complex merchandising problems using appropriate research methodologies, statistical procedures, and technological applications.
  • Graduates will be able to interpret qualitative and quantitative data in the critical analysis of merchandising processes and business practices.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate creative thinking and independent inquiry.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate leadership skills as they assume key merchandising positions in the industry.
  • Graduates will be able to integrate merchandising theories, principles, and practices into the development, production, and distribution of fashion-oriented products

Worried that your busy lifestyle will get in the way of making your career goals a reality?

Our online program is the solution.

  • Convenient. Online courses allow you to log in at any time from any place.
  • Affordable. Costs $1,424.45 per 3-hour course for Texas residents – an excellent value for a graduate certificate.
  • Flexible. Online courses are offered each semester, allowing for greater flexibility in attaining your GAC.
  • Adaptable. You may convert the GAC in Merchandising to the required courses for the MS in Merchandising.
  • Respected.The department prides itself on the percentage of graduates placed within the merchandising field.

How does this program advance my career? This program is a perfect fit for:

  • Students who may not be able to or interested in completing a 36-hour degree program.
  • Working professionals with time and place constraints who need some re-tooling and updating in their fields.
  • Company-supported employees who seek advanced education to meet professional development requirements for periodic reviews and/or promotion.
  • Geographically-isolated individuals who do not have access to advanced education in merchandising and hospitality management.

How does it work?

The purpose of this 12-hour graduate certificate is to offer professionals in merchandising and retail industries the opportunity to build skills and knowledge in critical analysis and subject content.

Upon advisement of the CMHT graduate advisor, the student will complete 12 hours of content-based courses in the area of specialization. All 12 hours must be completed through UNT and with CMHT (CMHT, HMGT & MDSE) courses. All certificates may be completed with 100% online courses. Some Certificate programs have resident campus course options as well.


As required by the US Department of Education, UNT is providing a direct link to the Gainful Employment (GE) disclosure for the Graduate Academic Certificate (GAC) in Digital Retail Merchandising (fka, Merchandising).

Program Contact

Merchandising and Digital Retail
Chilton Hall, Room 331
410 S. Avenue C
Denton TX, 76213 

Office: (940) 565-2436