You love engaging with people and meeting their needs. That’s what retail is all about. We’ll get you ready to lead a team.
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Retail Management
Program Number: 901044CERT
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Delivery Method:
100% In Person
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
12 Credits | Finish in 1 year
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$1,721.40 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    The Retail Management Certificate at Madison College is designed to increase your skills and confidence in supervising, hiring, training, and leadership within retail or other related industries. Ideally, you will have previous experience working in retail, food service, or other sales industry positions when beginning this certificate, but that is not required.

    Madison College's Retail Management program will teach you how to make recommendations for improvements in buying, visual merchandising, social media marketing, operations, finance, and human resources with a brick and mortar and virtual approach. Our instructors are ready to lead you up the ladder.

    Program Details

    Students in the Retail Management program can attend full or part-time.

    Retail Management classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    Retail Management Certificate holders are ready for a range of professional sales positions, including:

    • Store Manager
    • Social media specialist/manager
    • Assistant Store Manager
    • Retail Operations Manager
    • Retail Loss Prevention Manager
    • Visual Merchandiser

    With additional education and/or experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Store Owner
    • Retail Buyer
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

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  • Admission

    Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!

    To Apply

    There are no admission requirements for this certificate, simply submit your application by the deadline for each term.

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

      Spring Application Dates

      • Application open
      • Application completion deadline is March 15, 2023

        Fall Application Dates

        • Application opens on February 1, 2023
        • Application completion deadline is October 15, 2023

        Additional Notes

        • Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
        • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
        • Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application

        After Acceptance

        Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 

        Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

      • Career Outcomes

        After completing the Retail Management Certificate program at Madison College, you will be able to:

        • Develop marketing strategies for use in the fashion industry.
        • Analyze business data/information to support decision-making.
        • Execute a visual merchandising plan.
        • Plan retail/fashion business activities to enhance customer experience.
        • Demonstrate communication skills with customers, peers, supervisors and other stakeholders in the fashion industry.
      Ready to get started?
      Your first step is to apply to Madison College. It's easy and free to apply, so get started today!
      Contact the School of Business and Applied Arts

      Madison Truax Campus
      Main Building, D3631

      1701 Wright Street
      Madison, Wisconsin 53704
      608.246.6003 (Ext. 8)


      Summer Service Hours

      • Monday – Wednesday: 9 am - 3 pm In-Person, 8 am - 4 pm Virtual
      • Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm Virtual Only
      • Friday: 8 am - 12 pm Virtual Only