Students may pursue a Master of Science in Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors with specializations in the following areas:
Historic/Cultural Aspects of Dress and Textiles
Merchandising/International Trade, and
4) Interior Environments.
Our students come from a variety of undergraduate degrees: business, merchandising, history, geography, art history, textile engineering, and other fields. Students conduct scholarly research and develop skills needed in industry, business, government, and academia.
The MS program requires graduate level coursework in Research Methods, Statistics and Apparel and Textile Economics. Undergraduate courses in Chemistry, Textiles, and Textile Testing are also required. If an applicant has not earned credit for these coursers or equivalents they take these during their first year in the M.S. program along with graduate courses. Other courses taken are approved by a student's major professor and offer flexibility in selecting coursework that enables a student to meet a variety of career goals. Interdisciplinary research may be pursued in business, management, retailing and consumer economics; chemical and physical sciences; engineering and other areas. All MS students complete a master's thesis.
Recent graduates from our M.S. program hold a variety of positions in industry and academia.
Admission to the program is competitive and is based on the evaluation of transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and the applicant's area of research interest/statement of goals. The general requirements for admission to the program are a minimum score of 900 (400 verbal and 500 quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and an undergraduate/graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. International students must score a minimum of 80 on the TOEFL with a minimum of 20 in speaking and writing.
Complete these materials for the UGA Graduate School:
- Application to UGA Graduate School (complete this online)
- Application fee
- One official transcript from each institution from a degree was obtained
- Official GRE scores
- Official TOEFL scores (international students)
- Three letters of recommendation submitted online
In addition, please send the following materials directly to Diane Kesler, Graduate Coordinator Assistant, Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, 321 Dawson Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 by mail, fax (706-542-0410) or email (email@example.com).
- Statement of goals (one to two pages) explaining your purpose in pursuing graduate studies in our department and your research interests
- Resume (summary of your educational background and relevant experience).
Applications for admission and all supporting documents must be received in the Graduate School Office by the following deadlines:
July 1 (January 1 for full consideration for financial aid)
Spring semester: November 15
Fall semester: April 15 (January 1 for full consideration for financial aid)
Spring semester: October 15
M.S. students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit. This includes a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework and six semester hours of Master's Thesis (TXMI 7300). At least one half of the graduate credit hours (exclusive of thesis) must consist of UGA courses that are open only to graduate students. Information about courses is available on the Graduate Courses in TMI website.
Depending on your undergraduate major and previous course work, you may be required to complete undergraduate courses (this may include Chemistry, Textiles, and Textile Testing) while you are enrolled in the graduate program, and completion of these courses may be required prior to enrollment in specific graduate courses. Undergraduate credit hours do not count toward your graduate degree and are not listed on the program of study.
Students in the M.S. program are required to select one of the four areas of focus within the department: 1) historic/cultural dress and textiles, 2) merchandising and international trade, 3) textile science, and 4) historic homes and interiors. At least three courses within the selected focus area must be completed.
Core Requirements: TXMI 6520*, 8050
*TXMI 6520 is not required of students who have completed TXMI 4520 or equivalent prior to enrollment in the Master's. program.
Statistics: STAT 6210, 6220*
*Students in the Historic/Cultural Dress and Textiles
and Interior Environments focus areas in consultation with their major professor may take a qualitative research course (approved by the major professor) in place of STAT 6220.
Focus Area : 9 hours
Thesis: TXMI 7300 (6 hours)
Courses by Focus Area
These courses may apply to all focus areas: TXMI 6900 Special Topics, TXMI 7000 Master's Research; TXMI 7005 Graduate School Seminar; TXMI 7300 Master's Thesis; TXMI 7710 Study Tour in Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors; TXMI 7910 Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors Internship; TXMi 8500 Contemporary Toipcs in Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors; TXMI 8900 Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors Seminar; TXMI 9010 Direct Research
TXMI 6100 Advanced Textiles
TXMI 6110 Textile Dyeing
TXMI 6120 Product Standards and Quality Analysis
TXMI 6150 Nonwovens Science and Technology
TXMI 6160 Product Development in the Textile and Apparel Industries
TXMI 8110-8110L Physical Analysis of Textiles
TXMI 8120 Polymer Science
TXMI 8130 Chemical and Instrumental Analysis of Polymers
TXMI 8140 Environmental Aspects of Textiles
TXMI 8170 Color Science
TXMI 8180 Physics of Textile Structures
TXMI 8190 Dyeing Theory
Merchandising and International Trade
TXMI 6230 Dress, Society and Culture
TXMI 6240 Fashion Promotion and Visual Merchandising
TXMI 6290 History of Dress and Fashion: Nineteenth Century to the Present
TXMI 6520 Apparel and Textile Economics
TXMI 6540 International Textiles and Apparel
TXMi 7240 Retailing Apparel and Textiles
TXMI 7270 E-tailing in Apparel and Textiles
TXMI 8220 Advanced Topics in International Textile and Apaprel Production and Trade
TXMI 8240 Advanced Topics in Retailing
TXMi 8250 Apparel Trade and International Retailing
TXMI 8260 Advanced Topics in Consumer Behavior
TXMI 8270 Apparel Theories and Methodologies
Historic and Cultural Aspects of Dress and Textiles
TXMI 6230 Dress, Society and Culture
TXMI 6270 History of Costume: Antiquity to Nineteenth Century
TXMI 6290 History of Dress and Fashion: Nineteenth Century to the Present
TXMI 6580 History of World Textiles
TXMI 7810 Historic Collection Management
There are 13 faculty members in the department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors with graduate faculty status and 1 adjunct faculty. Textile science faculty offer expertise in dyeing theory and applications, color science, enzymatic treatment of textiles, polymers, analytical chemistry, infrared spectroscopy, degradability of polymer products, finishing theory and application, medical textiles and product design and development, quality and statistical analysis, and environmental chemistry. Faculty in merchandising/international trade possess expertise in retailing and trade within the global economy, consumer behavior and the functioning of the textile and apparel supply chain. Historic/cultural faculty specialize in history of apparel and textiles, costume preservation and museum procedures, popular culture and fashion, cultural identity through analyzing global dress, gender studies, and African American dress and textiles.
Faculty are currently involved in research, consulting and service learning projects with industry (chemical, fiber, textile and apparel manufacturers, and retailers) and community organizations (museums, history centers, historic homes, and government housing). Students play an active part in these projects.
Textile science laboratories are fully equipped, including a physical testing lab with all major textile testing instruments, and a microscopy lab. Chemical, optical, chromatography and analytical laboratories contain FTIR, Raman, near and mid-IR, GC, HPLC, pyrolysis and thermal analysis equipment, spectrocolorimeters, Ahiba Mathis dyeing machine, computer controlled curing oven, and spectrophotometers. A separate pilot-scale laboratory contains wet processing equipment. Working relationships with Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biological Engineering, the Center for Advanced Ultrastructural Research and other departments allow accessibility to additional equipment such as high resolution NMR, mass spectrometry, and electron microanalysis.
The department is home to a Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection of over 1500 garments, accessories and textiles which date from 1800 to 1980. Primarily a collection of American garments and textiles, the collection also includes examples of traditional dress from China, Cameroon, Ghana, Japan, India, Pakistan, and Korea. Exhibitions (coordinated by faculty, graduate and undergraduate strudents) are installed at least once a semester in the Barrow Hall gallery and other museum and galleries in the area. Visit the collection at http://www.fcs.uga.edu/tmi/historic
Graduate assistantships provide financial assistance to students while allowing them to work closely with one or more faculty members on specific research or teaching assignments. Assistantships are funded by the College or through research grants received by the department or individual faculty. The department may also nominate a limited number of highly qualified students for university-wide assistantships. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are generally awarded on a 9-month, academic year basis. Graduate Assistantships in the TMI department are generally one-third time assistantships, requiring 13 hours of work per week during each semester. Master's students may hold assistantships for no more than two academic years, since the Master's degree is designed to be completed within two years.
Tuition is waived for graduate students holding assistantships but some fees must be paid by the student.
Scholarships through the college are available on a competitive basis. Visit www.fcs.uga.edu/ss/scholarships_index.html.
Positions Held By Former Students
- Assistant Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
- Public and Youth Programs Manager, Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Accounts Manager, Lanier Clothes a Division of Oxford Industries, Atlanta
- Merchandise Planner, Federated Department Stores, New York City
- Associate Professor, Iowa State University (MS, UGA; Ph.D., Iowa State)
- Curatorial Assistant, Birmingham Museum of Art
- Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina (MS, UGA; Ph.D., Auburn)
- Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University (MS, UGA; Ph.D. , Oregon State)
- Textile Technologist, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Gaithersburg, MD
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences, of which the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors is a part, includes three other departments: Human Development and Family Science, Foods and Nutrition, and Housing and Consumer Economics. One of the best computer centers at the University of Georgia is maintained in the College and makes the latest computer technology available to students. The Boyd Graduate Study Research Center houses the Graduate School and the Science Library, one of the most highly ranked research libraries in the South.
The University of Georgia
The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia, a community with an urban area population of approximately 110,000. Athens is known for its lively music scene, great restaurants, and family oriented parks and recreational activities.
Athens is about 85 miles southwest of Springer Mountain, the beginning of the Appalachian Trail, and is easily accessible by major highways. The Apparel Mart, and other major textile and apparel facilities are within an hour's drive.
The University of Georgia is the flagship campus of the state's University System which is comprised of 35 institutions, including other major universities such as the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University in Atlanta. The University of Georgia has 2,950 faculty in 14 colleges and schools with 25,000 undergraduate students and 8500 graduate students. The main campus, located on the edge of downtown Athens, covers 615 acres in Athens-Clarke County.
Chartered in 1785, The University of Georgia is the nation's oldest Land-Grant State University with a rich tradition of excellence in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and other surveys have ranked the University of Georgia as one of the top 50 research institutions in the United States. The University has over $230 million in annual research funding and strongly supports interdisciplinary research.
The University offers a variety of athletic, recreational and cultural activities for students and faculty. Students may choose from a large selection of recreational activities, including intramural sports, and cultural activities. The Georgia Museum of Art and the Hugh Hodson School of Music offer musical events and renowned art exhibits. The Georgia Center for Continuing Education offers workshops to students and the public. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located two miles south of the main campus and is a 293-acre forest offering walking trails, horticultural exhibits and educational programs. The 425,000-square foot Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities Center is the largest campus-based center of its kind in the country.