Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MA in Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III)
  • MS in Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (33 cr, Option I only) with optional specialization:
    • Merchandising
    • Textile Science
  • PhD in Human Sciences (90 cr) with a specialization:
    • Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
    • Textile Science
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

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

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
M.S. with this specialization only: Merchandising (GPIDEA)

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

Contacts for Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

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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
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Application checklist and deadlines

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Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

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  • 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, Nebraska's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design
  • For priority consideration: February 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring.
  • Otherwise: Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


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. Do you see yourself here? Take the virtual tour to learn more.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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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

Jennifer Johnson Jorgensen

Consumer Socialization; Online Merchandising; Influence of Social Media on Apparel Trends

Surin Kim

Entreprenuership; Customer Insights for Business; Product Mangaement; Innovative Product Development; Product-Market Fit; Product Success Metrics

Claire Nicholas

Cultural, Social and Historical Dimensions of Textiles, Dress, and Material Culture; Design Studies; Ethnography and Qualitative Methods; Gender; North Africa and the Middle East

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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