Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A. in Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design
  • M.S. in Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design
  • Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design or Textile Science


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

M.S. Specializations
  • Textile Science
  • Merchandising
M.A. Areas of Study
  • Textile History (emphasis in quilt studies)
  • Textile and Apparel Design

Distance Education Opportunities

M.S. with this specialization only: Merchandising (GPIDEA)
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Contacts for Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

Graduate Chair

Dr. Jennifer Johnson Jorgenson


Graduate Secretary

Miss Sharon Reeder



Campus Address

234 Home Economics

Lincoln NE 68583-0802

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Letter of application describing educational and career goals
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design
For priority considerationFall: February 1 Spring: October 1
OtherwiseRolling admissions, contact the department for more information.


The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design offers opportunities for graduate study, research, and creative work in the areas of apparel and textile design, merchandising, costume and textile history, quilt studies, and textile science. An interdepartmental Ph.D. degree in human sciences with a specialization in textiles, merchandising and fashion design is available to those interested in doctoral-level study. Some coursework is available online.

Department resources include apparel design studios, screen-printing, weaving and digital textile printing studios, historic textile and costume collections with over 5,000 pieces maintained in a state-of-the-art climate controlled environment, well-equipped computer aided design, and textile testing and processing laboratories. Internship opportunities in industry, government, museum and gallery settings, as well as domestic and international study programs are available.

The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery showcases apparel and textile design work by students, faculty, and invited artists and designers. The International Quilt Study Center and Museum's collections boast over 3,000 antique and contemporary quilts and comprise an unparalleled resource available to students. The collection, which includes objects spanning more than two centuries, forms the research base for graduate degree programs in textile history and quilt studies.

Courses and More

Students in Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Shubhapriya Bennur
Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior; Apparel Merchandising
Michael Burton
Digital Imaging; Traditional Media; Visual Story Telling
Mary Alice Casto
Aesthetics; History; Material Culture; Social-Psychological Aspects of Dress and Appearance
Michael James
Digital Textile Design; Repeat Pattern Design; Aesthetics and the Quilt; Non-Traditional Quilts
Katy Polston
Intersection of Creativity and Technology Usage; Creative Design Process; Computer-Aided-Design; Digital Textile Printing
Sandra Starkey
Apparel Design Solutions for Unique User Needs; Sustainable and Minimal Waste Apparel Design; 3D Body Scanning in Apparel Product Design and Development Process
Helan Xu
Developing Industrial and Biomedical Products from Agricultural Byproducts and Wastes; Development of Large-Scale Production or Utilization
Yiqi Yang
Biomaterials; Biotextiles and Nanofibers; Polymer and Fiber Sciences; Textile Chemistry and Wet Processing
Andrew Zimbroff
Market Identification and Research; Identification of Key Customer Segments; Analysis of Legal and Regulatory Barriers

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