Program Overview

The Retail Management degree is designed to prepare individuals working in the retail management, food industry, and related fields, for the mid-level management position challenges of the future. The curriculum encompasses business essentials and also emphasizes the skill sets needed for effective management and communication in the work environment. Instruction will provide the background and knowledge necessary for students to develop the judgment skills they must exercise as business managers.

This program will identify the principal verbal and nonverbal signals used in employee communication, demonstrate contemporary written communication skills by producing memos, letters, informal and formal reports, demonstrate skills in leading, negotiating, and working in harmony with others in a business setting, solve business problems involving bank reconciliation, percent, fractions, decimals, payroll, interest, present value, and depreciation.

Students will be able to describe various leadership styles and management techniques and explain their use in contemporary business settings, identify current trends and career opportunities within the industry, describe basic departmental, merchandising, and advertising operations, and apply marketing principles to the development of a marketing strategy.

The total number of credits required for this degree is 64. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Rio Salado College is a community college located in Tempe, Arizona that was originally founded in 1967 as one of the 10 Maricopa County community colleges. Since 1996, the school has offered online classes and, starting in 2006, a majority of the courses have been transferred online. The school is recognized as a leader in Higher Education with specialization in distance learning and online education. Part of the mission of Rio Salado is to aim to transform the experience of learning through offering students choice, access, and flexibility; customized high quality learning designs; and personalized services and organizational responsiveness.

    RSC offers online programs, certificates, academic certificates, and associate's degrees. Online education is one of the most prominent academic programs at the college. 

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