Master of Science in Global Retailing

Global Retailing

Shaping Creative Thinkers and Global Leaders

Technology is bringing radical changes to retailing. The newest program in the Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences, the Master of Science (MS) in Global Retailing offers unmatched opportunities to learn new strategies and gain deeper insight into the worldwide dynamics and impact of multi-cultural consumer behavior, data analytics, profitability, financial models, and channel strategies.

This program goes beyond teaching theory to practical applications. Executives in residence and UH faculty provide a stimulating experience where students will explore cross-cultural trends in retail management such as international product sourcing and distribution, applied retail market research and evaluation, and international trade regulations.

The 36-hour program uniquely prepares innovative, agile retail marketers to successfully propel their careers and emerge as leaders of businesses throughout the global marketplace.

Sample Degree Plan for Master of Science Global Retailing - Fall 2014 (PDF)


Applications for the Spring 2015 semester are now being accepted.

Thesis or Non-thesis options are available

Thesis Option Hours
Core Courses 18
Approved Electives 12
Thesis 6
Total 36

Non-Thesis Option Hours
Core Courses 18
Approved Electives 18
Total 36

Core Courses

For the official requirements for a Master of Science (MS) in Global Retailing, see the University of Houston Catalog.

  • HDCS 6300 - Quantitative and Statistical Methods in HDCS
  • GRET 6332 - Consumer Issues and Applications for Global Retailing
  • GRET 6333 - Retail Management and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • GRET 6334 - Global E-Tailing Systems
  • GRET 6335 - Regional Retail Markets
  • GRET 6336 - Global Retail Analysis of World Regions

Program and thesis guidelines specifying other requirements are updated regularly and are available from the Department of Human Development and Consumer Science.

Are you inspired to begin the journey toward becoming an inspired creative thinker and leader in the fast-paced world of retail?

How to Apply

Submit the following materials:

  • Completed application for graduate study (Applications are online at Apply Texas)
  • $75 application fee
    • All students must submit a $75 graduate application fee. International students must submit an additional $75 processing fee ($150 total). Please make checks payable to the University of Houston.
  • Official College Transcripts
    • Transcripts should reflect baccalaureate degree in relevant field. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the attending institution. International students must submit transcripts in original language as well as an official English translation.
  • Official GRE, GMAT or MAT scores (For more information about the GRE, please contact University Testing Services)
    • International students who are not native speakers of English must also submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Personal letter of intent
  • Three letters of reference

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1 (April 1 International)
  • Spring: December 1 (October 1 International)

Send all application materials to the following address:

University of Houston
College of Technology
Attn: Graduate Advisor
108 Technology Bldg.
Houston, TX 77204-4021


For more information and guidance about the program, contact Dr. Shirley Ezell, associate professor, Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences or a College of Technology Graduate Advisor at

International Student and Scholar Services

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