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:
- Textile Science
- PhD in Human Sciences (90 cr) with a specialization:
- Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
- Textile Science
- Apparel Design
- Material Culture and Textile Studies
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.
- Grad Cert in Quilt Studies (12 cr)
Online and Distance OpportunitiesOffered online:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Letter of application describing educational and career goals
- Three recommendation letters
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our 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.
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.
Courses and More
- Students work with an advisor to choose courses, create a plan of study, and follow the Steps to Degree Completion. See courses in:
- Cost of attendance differs from one student to another. Try our Cost Estimator or see Tuition, Fees, and Funding for details.
Faculty and research
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Digital Imaging; Traditional Media; Visual Story Telling
Aesthetics; History; Material Culture; Social-Psychological Aspects of Dress and Appearance
Digital Textile Design; Repeat Pattern Design; Aesthetics and the Quilt; Non-Traditional Quilts
Consumer Socialization; Online Merchandising; Influence of Social Media on Apparel Trends
Entreprenuership; Customer Insights for Business; Product Mangaement; Innovative Product Development; Product-Market Fit; Product Success Metrics
Cultural, Social and Historical Dimensions of Textiles, Dress, and Material Culture; Design Studies; Ethnography and Qualitative Methods; Gender; North Africa and the Middle East
Apparel Design Solutions for Unique User Needs; Sustainable and Minimal Waste Apparel Design; 3D Body Scanning in Apparel Product Design and Development Process
Biomaterials; Biotextiles and Nanofibers; Polymer and Fiber Sciences; Textile Chemistry and Wet Processing
Market Identification and Research; Identification of Key Customer Segments; Analysis of Legal and Regulatory Barriers