Community College Retail Management Certificate Program

The community college Retail Management Certificate is an accredited business program that will give you the skills you need to get started or advance your career in the food industry. The certificate has been recognized as a part of the White House’s Upskill Initiative, and leading organizations and foundations including the U.S. Department of Labor, FMI, NGA and others.

The USC Marshall School of Business Food Industry Management (FIM) program was founded in 1958 and designed exclusively for grooming the industry’s high-potential future leaders. Each year, a maximum of 35 executives are chosen from a wide range of companies in the food industry to participate in this elite 16-week certificate program. Each executive accepted into the program receives a full-tuition scholarship from the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC). Individuals selected must have a proven record of management accomplishments and significant potential for future advancement.

Taught by both faculty from the USC Marshall School of Business and relevant Food Industry “Subject Matter Experts,” this innovative program will enhance the participant’s business mindset while providing key knowledge and the latest strategic tools.

Using recent industry case studies and interactive group discussions, this program includes topics varying from leadership development, team building and management, marketing strategy, ethics, power and influence, as well as economic theory. Attendees will complete the program inspired and equipped to influence and inspire their organizations.

The mission of the Master of Science, Food Industry Leadership (MS.FIL) is to provide actionable management and leadership skills through a unique curriculum which integrates the functional areas of business with cutting-edge theory and practical application. 

The Master of Science, Food Industry Leadership at USC is designed specifically for students with significant professional experience. As a result, it is shorter in duration than a traditional MBA and primarily online — approximately 30 units over 16 months.

Brandman MyPath is a personalized and affordable way for working adults to earn their Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree online, at your their pace.

All WAFC Retail Management Certificate graduates can transfer their course credits into Brandman’s self-paced MyPath Bachelors in Business Administration degree (emphasis in general business) and are eligible for a 20% scholarship.

WGU is designed for working adults who need a degree to boost their careers but can’t fit traditional schooling into their busy lives. For this reason, WAFC has chosen WGU as a key partner in educating their workforce.

The Western Association of Food Chains’ Getting Back to Business Scholarship is available exclusively to employees of WAFC partner companies who wish to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from WGU.  All WAFC Retail Management Certificate graduates receive additional tuition discounts.