Retail Management

Retail Management - AAS

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).

Program Code

3048 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Retail Management

Other Degree Options

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.

How long will it take?

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

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2018 Fall
Final term: 
Total credits required: 
CIP Code: 
Course sequence
Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester: CG, GC, GW, MC, PC, RS, SC, SM

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.

Award notes

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

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
GBS110Human Relations in Business and Industry (3) OR
MGT251Human Relations in Business (3)3
MGT101Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT229Management and Leadership I (3)3
MGT179Utilizing the Human Resources Department (3) OR
MGT276Personnel/Human Resources Management (3)3
MKT268Merchandising (3) OR
MGT180Retail Management (3)3
MKT271Principles of Marketing3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Student must complete additional nine (9) to fifteen (15) credits from GBS, MGT, and/or MKT prefixed courses (except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area nor excluded below) to complete a minimum of 61 total program credits. Must include at least one MKT course.
GBS+++++Any GBS General Business course(s)0-12
MGT+++++Any MGT Management course(s) except MGT1800-12
MKT+++++Any MKT Marketing course(s) except MKT2683-15
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
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: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
SBU200Society and Business3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Demonstrate the application of fundamental accounting principles and procedures utilizing standard applications and current information technologies. (ACC111, ACC112, ACC211, ACC212, ACC230, ACC240)
  • Explain fundamental computer concepts and programming techniques and perform basic operations on the computer. (BPC110, CIS105)
  • Identify the principal verbal and nonverbal signals used in employee communication. (COM100)
  • Demonstrate skills in leading, negotiating, and working in harmony with others in a business setting. (GBS110, MGT251)
  • Solve business problems involving bank reconciliation, percent, fractions, decimals, payroll, interest, present value, and depreciation. (ACC111, ACC112, ACC211, ACC230)
  • Explain how to find simple interest for loans. (ACC111, ACC112, ACC211, ACC230)
  • Describe various leadership styles and management techniques and explain their use in contemporary business settings. (MGT101, MGT229)
  • Identify current trends and career opportunities within the industry. (MGT179, MGT276)
  • Describe basic departmental, merchandising, and advertising operations. (MKT268, MGT180)
  • Apply marketing principles to the development of a marketing strategy. (MKT271)
  • Practice and apply skills in oral and written communication and teamwork to analyzing and presenting accounting information. (ACC212, ACC230, ACC240)
  • Describe the changing business environment and its effects on managerial accounting, including the role of the value chain and the supply chain. (ACC212, ACC240)