GIA’s graduate retail management program debuts in January

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has developed a new college-level business program for those wanting to enter jewelry retail management, as well as for managers wishing to improve their skills. Enrollment in this new program, the Graduate Retail Management (GRM) diploma program, is expected to be at capacity when it debuts in January.

The GRM diploma program consists of three 50-hour courses taught concurrently during a 10-week span. The three courses-marketing, retail management, and entrepreneurship-are all designed with specific application to the jewelry industry. The curriculum applies college-level textbooks to teach marketing and business theories and combines them with real-world case studies and relevant issues from the jewelry trade.

Complete information about this new program can be found on the newly launched Web site,

Ed Balian, instructor for the retail management and entrepreneurship courses, said the GRM diploma program will be presented with an emphasis on critical thinking skills and will include lively class discussions, team-based projects, guest speakers, the Internet, case studies, and role-playing techniques.