Retail Management - AAS

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.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

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The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Retail Management provides training in selling, merchandising, buying, and management. This program is also endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC).

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, day, and evening. Most of the accelerated (8-week) courses are available online.

Program Length

Students who complete at least 15 credits per semester can complete the degree in 4 or 5 semesters. Students completing an average of 9 credits per semester can complete the degree in 7 semesters.


The estimated tuition for the entire program is $5,355 for Maricopa County residents. Please click herefor a list of out-of-county tuition and other fees.


The total cost of textbooks will vary depending on choice of rental or purchase options. Some courses do not require textbooks. Students can expect to spend $100-$400 per semester.

Program Curriculum
  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year
Program Contacts

Susan Meschkow, Program Coordinator
Office: BUS 133
Phone: 480.425.6912

Sue Sandblom, Department Chair
Office: BUS 126
Phone: 480.425.6792

Brenda Lawson, Division Secretary
Office: BUS 121
Phone: 480.423.6253

Program Notes:

Set up an advising meeting by emailing

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Choose one of the following three accounting sequences:
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3) AND
ACC230Uses of Accounting Information I (3) AND
ACC240Uses of Accounting Information II (3)
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3) AND
ACC112Accounting Principles II (3) AND
ACC212Managerial Accounting (3)
ACC211Financial Accounting (3) AND
ACC212Managerial Accounting (3)6-9
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
MGT101Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT229Management and Leadership I (3)3
MGT180Retail Management (3) OR
MKT268Merchandising (3)3
MGT251Human Relations in Business3
MGT276Personnel/Human Resources Management3
MKT271Principles of Marketing3
SBU200Society and Business3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
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.
GBS+++ Any GBS General Business course(s)
MGT+++ Any MGT Management course(s)
MKT+++ Any MKT Marketing course(s)
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 19-24
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
ENG102or ENG108 recommended for students considering pursuing a bachelors degree at an Arizona university.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by SBU200 in Required Courses area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Demonstrate skills in leading, negotiating, and working in harmony with others in a business setting. (MGT101, MGT229, MGT251, GBS+++, MGT+++, SBU200, [HU])
  • Apply fundamental concepts to perform basic computing skills and technology operations. (BPC110, CIS105)
  • Demonstrate communication principles and critical thinking through written and oral formats. (COM100, SBU200, (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SG/SQ], GBS+++)
  • Evaluate various leadership styles and management techniques and explain their use in contemporary business settings. (MGT101, MGT229, MGT251, MGT+++, SBU200)
  • Apply marketing principles to the development of a marketing strategy. (MKT268, MKT271, MKT+++, GBS+++)
  • Evaluate current trends in human resource management and human resource needs to develop a human resource plan. (MGT251, MGT276, MGT+++)
  • Interpret and analyze financial information and financial performance measures to make business decisions. (ACC111, ACC112, ACC211, ACC212, ACC230, ACC240, [MA])
  • Evaluate merchandising, financial planning, and strategy in the industry to make business decisions. (MGT180, MKT268)
  • Create and present a strategic plan for a business, including financial strategy and financial performance measures. (MGT180)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.