Associate in Applied Science in Retail Management

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Field of Interest: Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in 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. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Retail Management is also available.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Retail Management (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3048
Total Credits Required
61-63
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Available Online
Yes

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in leading, negotiating, and working in harmony with others in a business setting.
  2. Apply fundamental concepts to perform basic computing skills and technology operations.
  3. Demonstrate communication principles and critical thinking through written and oral formats.
  4. Evaluate various leadership styles and management techniques and explain their use in contemporary business settings.
  5. Apply marketing principles to the development of a marketing strategy.
  6. Evaluate current trends in human resource management and human resource needs to develop a human resource plan.
  7. Interpret and analyze financial information and financial performance measures to make business decisions.
  8. Evaluate merchandising, financial planning, and strategy in the industry to make business decisions.
  9. Create and present a strategic plan for a business, including financial strategy and financial performance measures.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Retail Management program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. The options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

All the pathway map options share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated. Additional courses for a specific option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3
MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
MGT101 or
MGT229
Techniques of Supervision or Management and Leadership I Critical course Gateway course 3
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT180 or
MKT268
Retail Management or Merchandising Critical course 3
MGT276 Personnel/Human Resources Management 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or equivalent by assessment 0–3
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication Offered in the first 8 weeks SB 3
MA Mathematics 3
Accounting Coursework Accounting Coursework 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Accounting Coursework Accounting Coursework 3
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing FYC or L 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
SBU200 Society and Business G, SB 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities 3
Accounting Coursework Accounting coursework 0–3
RE Restricted Electives 3
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4
RE Restricted Electives 0–3
RE Restricted Electives 0–3

Restricted Electives: 

Student must complete an additional nine (9) to fifteen (15) credits from GBS, MGT, and/or MKT prefixed courses (except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area) to complete a minimum of 61 total program credits. Must include at least one MKT course. 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS+++ Any GBS General Business course(s) RE
MGT+++ Any MGT Management course(s) RE
MKT+++ Any MKT Marketing course(s) RE

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
MGT101 or
MGT229
Techniques of Supervision or Management and Leadership I Critical course Gateway course 3
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3
MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT276 Personnel/Human Resources Management 3
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication Offered in the first 8 weeks SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT180 or
MKT268
Retail Management or Merchandising Critical course 3
Accounting Coursework Accounting Coursework 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Accounting Coursework Accounting Coursework 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or equivalent by assessment 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing FYC or L 3
Accounting Coursework Accounting coursework 0–3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MA Mathematics 3
SBU200 Society and Business G, SB 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4
RE Restricted Electives 0–3
RE Restricted Electives 0–3

Restricted Electives: 

Student must complete an additional nine (9) to fifteen (15) credits from GBS, MGT, and/or MKT prefixed courses (except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area) to complete a minimum of 61 total program credits. Must include at least one MKT course. 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS+++ Any GBS General Business course(s) RE
MGT+++ Any MGT Management course(s) RE
MKT+++ Any MKT Marketing course(s) RE

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Accounting Option 1

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Accounting Option 1 option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2 ACC111 Accounting Principles I 3
3 ACC112 Accounting Principles II 3
4 ACC212 Managerial Accounting 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Accounting Option 2

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Accounting Option 2 option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2 ACC111 Accounting Principles I 3
3 ACC230 Uses of Accounting Information I 3
4 ACC240 Uses of Accounting Information II 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Accounting Option 3

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Accounting Option 3 option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2 ACC211 Financial Accounting 3
3 ACC212 Managerial Accounting 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Retail Management (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=139047).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019