Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design

Retail is at a crossroads. Be ready.

Retail is changing. Get ready to move into the future and define your path with Columbus College of Art & Design’s first-of-its-kind Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design. Here, you’ll experience a cutting-edge approach to learning with a rich mix of theory and practice in a program developed and taught by retail experts. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how customers engage with brands and make purchase decisions—from e-commerce to brick and mortar, and everything in between. 

 

A program designed for…

Omnichannel specialists
Environmental branders
Retail/interior designers
Entrepreneurs 

Digital marketers
Brand consultants
Merchandisers
And more...

 

Retail is detail

What sets our program apart? An approach to retail that only an art and design school can offer, balancing business acumen with innovation and creativity to meet the challenges of tomorrow. You’ll gain a mastery of the retail landscape and industry connections that will put your career on the fast track.

A program that works for you

We get it. Your day job is demanding. Our MPS program is designed to fit your life with options to enroll full- or part-time and in-person or synchronously online. 

Classes are conveniently scheduled on evenings and weekends, and you'll be able to earn your degree in 1 year full time or 2 years part time, including summers. You'll get to meet and bond with your cohort in the fall during a weeklong boot camp in Columbus. 

 

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Home to retail

Columbus knows retail. As home to some of the country’s top retailers—Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Big Lots, and Hollister, to name just a few—you’ll have access to top talent, mentors, and loads of opportunities. Plus, you’ll work directly with one of those retail partners to define and conduct an immersive capstone project. 


 

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Get a taste of the program

Join us for webinars on key issues in retail led by experts who are shaping this program.

 


Meet the Advisory Board

Founder & COO, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Principal, REALM Collaborative
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Former Vice President, Global Environments & Creative Services, Timberland
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Principal & Executive Advisor, Cherry Advisory
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
President, 42 Solutions, and former Senior Vice President, International Operations, L Brands
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
President, Strategy, Mōd Advisors
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Former Vice President, Store Design and Construction, L Brands
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Director of Creative Activation, TENFOLD
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Creative Director, Black Purse & Co-Owner, 5-Star Staffing
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Lead Design Project Architect, Target
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Founder & Chair, CBUS Retail; Founder & CEO, Asset Strategies Group
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Owner, ConsumerX Retail
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Chief Executive, Easton at Steiner + Associates, Inc.
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Executive Vice President, Thought Leadership & Marketing, WD Partners
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Creative Director, Brand Communications, WD Partners
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Senior Vice President, Creative, Big Red Rooster
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Chief Marketing Officer, Bath & Body Works
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Founder, Gabby Rosi Collective & former Senior Director of Design and Development, Whole Foods Market
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Principal, Timamxelle design group, LLC
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Former Chief Marketing Officer, DSW
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Design Director, Landor & Fitch
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
CEO, Warhol & Wall St. & Director, Columbus Fashion Alliance
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board

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An application for the Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design has been submitted to the accreditor and is pending Higher Learning Commission approval.