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2021 Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools

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

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 Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 217 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing program at each school on the list.

Check out the specialized marketing programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found Fashion Institute of Technology to be the most popular school for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the large city of New York, FIT SUNY is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Specialized Marketing majors at FIT SUNY take out an average of $16,750 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $174, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Florida State College at Jacksonville. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. FSCJ is a very large public school located in the large city of Jacksonville.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, FIDM Los Angeles is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Specialized Marketing majors at FIDM Los Angeles take out an average of $12,500 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $130.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Kent State University at Kent. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Located in the suburb of Kent, Kent State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, specialized marketing graduates from Kent State take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. 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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#5

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Saint Joseph’s University is a great place for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. St. Joe's is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

The average amount in student loans that specialized marketing majors at St. Joe's take out is $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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#6

LIM College

New York, NY

With a ranking of #6, LIM College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. Located in the large 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 debt load 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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University of North Texas came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Denton, UNT is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #8, Thomas Jefferson University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, specialized marketing graduates from Thomas Jefferson University take out $45,256 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $510, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large city of San Francisco, Academy of Art University is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Berkeley College - New York did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. It came in at #10 on the list. Berkeley College - New York is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

The average amount in student loans that specialized marketing majors at Berkeley College - New York take out is $24,560. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $254, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public school with a very large student population.

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#12

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Marist is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie.

After completing their degree, specialized marketing graduates from Marist carry an average student debt load of $24,961. 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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#13

The New School

New York, NY

The New School landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular specialized sales, merchandising and marketing programs. New School University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

After completing their degree, specialized marketing graduates from New School University carry an average student debt load of $12,125. 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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#14

Northwood University

Midland, MI

Northwood University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools 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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Southern New Hampshire University ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Specialized Marketing majors at SNHU take out an average of $23,167 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $240.

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#16

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that specialized marketing majors at Central Michigan take out is $25,000. 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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#17

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Waco, Baylor is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Johnson & Wales University - Providence landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular specialized sales, merchandising and marketing programs. JWU Providence is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

While working on their degree, specialized marketing majors at JWU Providence accumulate an average of around $26,100 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $271, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Berkeley College - Woodland Park

Woodland Park, NJ

With a ranking of #19, Berkeley College - Woodland Park did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. Berkeley College - Woodland Park is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Woodland Park.

While working on their degree, specialized marketing majors at Berkeley College - Woodland Park accumulate an average of around $24,050 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 $250.

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#20

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL

With a ranking of #20, Palm Beach State College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for specialized sales, merchandising and marketing students. Palm Beach State College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Lake Worth.

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#21

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, specialized marketing majors at UGA accumulate an average of around $20,750 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $215, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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AI Miami International University of Art and Design came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools ranking. International Fine Arts College is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Miami.

After completing their degree, specialized marketing graduates from International Fine Arts College carry an average student debt load of $31,442. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $326.

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FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - San Francisco came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools ranking. Located in the city of San Francisco, FIDM San Francisco is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

The average amount in student loans that specialized marketing majors at FIDM San Francisco take out is $12,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $130.

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New York City College of Technology ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools list. City Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Brooklyn.

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#26

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#27

Lasell College

Newton, MA
#27

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#29

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#31

Los Medanos College

Pittsburg, CA
#32

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing students that almost earned our Most Popular Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Schools award.

Rank College Location
34 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
35 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
36 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
36 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
36 El Centro College Dallas, TX
39 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
39 Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Charlotte, NC
41 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
41 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
41 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ

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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