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2021 Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

126 Colleges
$9,734 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$30,500 Avg Salary

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

In 2018-2019, 5,873 people earned a degree or certificate in specialized sales, merchandising and marketing, making the major the #17 most popular in the United States.

Today's business students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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 Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 126 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for specialized marketing students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for specialized marketing majors pursuing a .

Top 15% Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools

#1

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found Century College - White Bear Lake to be the best value school for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Century College - White Bear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Century College - White Bear Lake are $5,578 per year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northland Community and Technical College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Northland Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the remote town of Thief River Falls.

Northland Community and Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,716 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Gateway Technical College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Located in the suburb of Kenosha, Gateway Technical College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Gateway Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,575 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Gateway Technical College is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list.

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$5,565 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Alexandria Technical & Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. ATCC is a small public school located in the remote town of Alexandria.

ATCC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,565 in tuition and fees each year.

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$9,631 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Florida State College at Jacksonville is a great value for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. FSCJ is a fairly large public school located in the city of Jacksonville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FSCJ are $9,631 a year.

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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. WITC is a small public school located in the rural area of Shell Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WITC are $6,885 a year.

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$5,268 Average Tuition & Fees

Houston Community College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Houston Community College is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

Houston Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,268 in tuition and fees each year.

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Middlesex County College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the suburb of Edison, Middlesex County College is a public college with a large student population.

Middlesex County College undergraduate students pay an average of $7,128 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Middlesex County College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list.

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#9

Richland College

Dallas, TX
$5,220 Average Tuition & Fees

Richland College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Dallas, Richland College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Richland College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,220 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,440 Average Tuition & Fees

Genesee Community College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value specialized sales, merchandising and marketing programs. Located in the distant town of Batavia, GCC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

GCC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,440 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, specialized marketing graduates from GCC carry an average student debtload of $12,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$6,706 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #11, Milwaukee Area Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. MATC is a large public school located in the city of Milwaukee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MATC are $6,706 a year.

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#12

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY

Nassau Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Garden City, Nassau Community College is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Nassau Community College are $11,730 a year. After completing their degree, specialized marketing graduates from Nassau Community College carry an average student debtload of $11,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS
$6,690 Average Tuition & Fees

Johnson County Community College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value specialized sales, merchandising and marketing programs. Located in the city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at JCCC are $6,690 a year.

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#14

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Located in the town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public college with a large student population.

Ferris undergraduate students pay an average of $12,376 in tuition and fees each year. 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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$12,170 Average Tuition & Fees

Middlesex Community College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value specialized sales, merchandising and marketing programs. Located in the suburb of Bedford, Middlesex Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Middlesex Community College are $12,170 per year.

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Cincinnati State Technical and Community College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value specialized sales, merchandising and marketing programs. Cincinnati State is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati State undergraduate students pay an average of $8,379 in tuition and fees each year.

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#17

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
$6,970 Average Tuition & Fees

Kirkwood Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Kirkwood Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,970 in tuition and fees each year.

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Fashion Institute of Technology ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Located in the city of New York, FIT SUNY is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FIT SUNY are $22,312 a year. 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.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, FIT SUNY also did well on our Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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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 Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools award.

Rank College Location
19 SUNY Schenectady County Community College Schenectady, NY
20 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
21 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
22 Northwood University Midland, MI
23 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
24 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
25 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI

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 4,097
Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations 734
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations 269
Special Products Marketing Operations 218
Other Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations 170
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations 149
Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations 109
Vehicle and Vehicle Parts and Accessories Marketing Operations 75
Tourism Promotion Operations 42
Auctioneering 10

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Qfamily.

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