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The Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) at Texas A&M University serves the retail industry with student education, research, and executive outreach. Created in 1983, the center has become a renowned source of industry knowledge and a pipeline for developing future retail leaders.

Within Mays Business School, CRS offers coursework, career management, internship and leadership activities for students. Graduates of the Center for Retailing Studies earn business degrees, build workplace skills and develop ethical values that advance the world’s prosperity.

Our success is built on corporate partnerships, a robust curriculum, and outstanding Mays faculty research.


We believe that interaction with retailers through jobs, internships, store visits, ethnographic research, travel and case competitions for real world clients are the best methods for complementing classroom learning with 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.

Retailing Summit

Held each year in Dallas, the Retailing Summit is the Center’s signature outreach event for the industry. It welcomes company founders, top executives and other experts to discuss major industry trends and share take-aways for doing business better.