The Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) was created in 1983 to meet the demand for highly-educated innovators in the fast-paced world of retail. Since its founding, the center has become a renowned source of industry knowledge and a pipeline for developing leaders in the retail sector. We work in collaboration with the Mays Business School to provide an excellent repertoire of coursework, internship, and leadership opportunities for professionals interested in all facets of the retail experience.


As one of the leading institutions of its kind, our mission is to train students for success in the retail sector. Graduates of the Center for Retailing Studies earn business degrees, complete practical experiences, and build ethical values required in today’s business community.

The center has successfully served the complex needs of retailers for more than 30 years. Our success is built on corporate partnerships, a robust curriculum, and the outstanding Mays faculty.


We believe that active participation in industry-specific engagements is the best method for obtaining professional experience.

The Center for Retailing Studies offers student organization and leadership opportunities to ensure our students get the most out of their Mays education. Many of these programs, such as the M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar Program and Thought Leadership Conference, provide opportunities for interaction with industry-leading professionals.

38The Retailing Career Fair, hosted each semester at Mays Business School, provides an opportunity for students to secure internships and full-time positions with the world’s largest general merchants, luxury brands, apparel stores, and fresh food retailers. The career fair is often cited by students as their first point of contact with future employers. All majors are encouraged to attend.

In addition, our center works with industry professionals to develop thought-provoking lecture series that take place throughout the year. The Executive Professor Series and the M.B. Zale Visionary Merchant Lecture Series, which is open to the public, are two of these.


Retailing research conducted at Texas A&M University is relevant, timely, and actionable. As such, the Center for Retailing Studies is positioned as the “go-to” resource for all retail related inquiries.

Corporate Partners

The Center for Retailing Studies is supported through annual donations from retailers, technology, research, advertising and consulting firms.

We gratefully acknowledge and thank these companies for investing in retailing education at Texas A&M University.