We offer a M.S. degree guided by dynamic classes, with the opportunity for you to write a thesis on a cutting edge research topic of your choice.

Focus Areas

We offer 4 focus areas designed to meet your needs:

  • Polymer, Fiber and Textile Science
  • Merchandising and International Trade
  • Historic and Cultural Aspects of Dress and Textiles
  • Interior Environments

Choosing a specific area encourages you to study anything from the fashion of working women in the 1940s to textile micro-encapsulation and how luxury brands may influence consumers’ purchase intention. 

Looking for inspiration? View past theses and dissertations.

Student Profile

Our students get the chance to conduct scholarly research and develop skills needed in industry, business, government, and academia. Our students come from a variety of undergraduate degrees including:

  • Business
  • Merchandising
  • History
  • Fabric Design
  • Furnishings and Interiors
  • Textile Engineering

Curriculum

The M.S. requires graduate level coursework in:

  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Apparel + Textile Economics

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate courses in Chemistry, Textiles, and Textile Testing are also required for students in Polymer, Fiber and Textile Science. If you have not earned credit for these courses or equivalents the courses will be taken during the first year in the program in addition to graduate courses. 

Interdisciplinary Research

Other courses taken are approved by your major professor and offer flexibility in selecting coursework that enable you to meet a variety of career goals.  Interdisciplinary research may be pursued in:

  • Business
  • Management
  • Retailing and consumer economics
  • Chemical and physical sciences
  • Theatre
  • Engineering
  • Fabric design

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