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2022 Best Specialized Sales Schools

143 Colleges
$30,500 Avg Salary
$30,557 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing School for You

Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing is the #17 most popular major in the country with 5,357 degrees and certificates awarded in 2019-2020.

It's not easy to decide which business program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Specialized Sales Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 143 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business students.

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2022 Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Colleges.

Top 15% Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools

#1

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Our 2022 rankings named Saint Joseph’s University the best school in the United States for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. St. Joe's is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

After completing their degree, specialized marketing graduates from St. Joe's carry an average student debtload of $23,750. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $246, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Northwood University

Midland, MI

Out of the 143 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwood University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Northwood is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Midland.

Specialized Marketing majors at Northwood take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas Christian University. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Specialized Sales Schools list. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#4

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

The excellent programs at Marist College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best specialized sales, merchandising and marketing schools in the United States. Marist is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie.

While working on their degree, specialized marketing majors at Marist accumulate an average of around $24,961 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rutgers University - Newark. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Specialized Sales Schools list. Located in the large city of Newark, Rutgers Newark is a public college with a large student population.

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#6

The New School

New York, NY

The New School ranked #6 on this year’s Best Specialized Sales Schools list. New School University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

On average, specialized marketing graduates from New School University take out $12,125 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $126, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia ranked #7 on this year’s Best Specialized Sales Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Specialized Marketing majors at UGA take out an average of $20,750 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $215, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

LIM College

New York, NY

LIM College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Specialized Sales Schools list. Located in the city of New York, LIM is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, specialized marketing graduates from LIM carry an average student debtload of $25,293. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $262, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Baylor University

Waco, TX

With a ranking of #9, Baylor University did quite well on this year’s best schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. Located in the city of Waco, Baylor is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

Century College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Specialized Sales Schools list. Century College is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of White Bear Lake.

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With a ranking of #11, University of Missouri - Columbia did quite well on this year’s best schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

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Fashion Institute of Technology ranked #12 on this year’s Best Specialized Sales Schools list. Located in the large city of New York, FIT SUNY is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, specialized marketing majors at FIT SUNY accumulate an average of around $16,750 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $174, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Jefferson University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, specialized marketing majors at Thomas Jefferson University accumulate an average of around $45,257 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $510, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Brigham Young University - Provo ranked #14 on this year’s Best Specialized Sales Schools list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. It came in at #15 on the list. FSCJ is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Jacksonville.

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#16

Dominican University

River Forest, IL

Dominican University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Specialized Sales Schools ranking. Dominican U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of River Forest.

Specialized Marketing majors at Dominican U take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

With a ranking of #17, Sacred Heart University did quite well on this year’s best schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. Sacred Heart is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

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#18

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

With a ranking of #18, Ferris State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. Located in the town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, specialized marketing majors at Ferris accumulate an average of around $23,655 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $245.

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#19

Lasell University

Newton, MA

Lasell University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Specialized Sales Schools ranking. Lasell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Newton.

The average amount in student loans that specialized marketing majors at Lasell take out is $26,899. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $279, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

University of Rhode Island landed the #20 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best specialized sales, merchandising and marketing programs. URI is a large public school located in the suburb of Kingston.

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#21

Mount Mary University

Milwaukee, WI

Mount Mary University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Specialized Sales Schools list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Mount Mary is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Specialized Sales Schools award.

Rank College Location
22 University of North Texas Denton, TX
23 Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
24 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
25 Belmont University Nashville, TN
26 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
27 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
28 Texas State University San Marcos, TX

Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, specialized sales, merchandising and marketing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Specialized Marketing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Fashion Merchandising 3,926
Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations 440
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations 278
Other Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations 201
Special Products Marketing Operations 190
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations 136
Vehicle and Vehicle Parts and Accessories Marketing Operations 81
Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations 70
Tourism Promotion Operations 35

Majors Similar to Specialized Marketing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 404,734
Accounting 101,094
Finance & Financial Management 57,893
General Business/Commerce 55,749
Marketing 52,262

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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