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Where You Want to Be
The following are some of the hiring organizations for UCLA Anderson MBA students in Retail 
(both full-time employment and summer internships):
The specific functions UCLA Anderson MBA students enter in the Retail industry include:
  • Digital/E-commerce
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Supply Chain
  • Buying
MBAs who choose careers in Retail enjoy working in dynamic environments that provide constant exposure to consumer retail products in areas such as apparel and accessories, home goods, technology products and other consumer goods. Courses will help to drive a better understanding of the intersections between the consumer, technology, and retail channels by building the necessary skills in strategic thinking, analytics, and digital marketing to succeed in this industry.
Relevant Retail Sample Electives
  • Advertising & Marketing Communications
  • Business Analytics with Spreadsheets
  • Customer Assessment & Analytics
  • Data Analytics for Marketing & Finance
  • Entrepreneurship & Venture Initiation
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • New Product Development
  • Brand Management
  • Sales & Channel Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • Business Plan Development
  • Marketing Strategy & Planning
  • Price Policies
Penelope Vorissis
"Prior to UCLA Anderson I worked in corporate finance at a retailer. I knew I wanted to stay in the world of retail, but I wanted to pivot into something that was more strategic and special projects oriented. The advice I got from Parker CMC as well as my ACT coaches helped prepare me for my summer internship in global operations at Nike. My stores-focused summer experience coupled with programming and leadership experience from the Retail Business Association allowed me to continue my career journey into my second year and land a job in a Real-Estate at Westfield Malls."
Penelope Vorissis ('21)

Associate MBA Leadership Rotational Program – Westfield Malls

Capstone: Applied Management Research (AMR)
Sample Projects

  • Evaluated opportunities to improve margins for a luxury candy boutique in order to help the company better understand factors impacting costs and make strategic recommendations to improve margins
  • Identified new store locations and create a 3-year roadmap for retail expansion within the US for a footwear and accessories retailer, and evaluated new revenue streams for flagship locations
  • Analyzed the business model of a jeweler and provided strategic recommendations to shift from brick-and-mortar retail model to a direct-to-consumer online retail model


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