Master of Science Programs in Textiles

The M.S. in Textiles programs are intended to develop the student’s analytical, creative and problem-solving skills appropriate to a professional person seeking a senior position in the textile or related industries. 

Through common core courses, the M.S. in Textiles programs bring together graduate students with differing professional goals and interests within the textile field.

In the planning of the programs, careful attention has been given to ensure that: (1) there is balance between theory and practice; (2) the student is able to develop research skills and capabilities; and (3) the student has a culminating capstone experience during the final semester, through the completion of a technical research project, a scholarly thesis, a marketing project or a design collection.

The course credits are spread over three stages. In the case of full-time students, this would equal three to four semesters, assuming that no foundation courses are required. The availability and rotation of courses at each stage of the program for part-time students is monitored to ensure that students follow the courses in the correct sequence. 

The curriculum includes foundation courses and core courses as well as elective courses. The elective courses are chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

Foundation Course Requirements

The foundation course requirements will vary according to the applicant’s completed undergraduate major and selected textile specialization.

Applicants will be advised on an individual basis by the graduate program director concerning prerequisites and the required foundation courses or equivalent undergraduate courses which need to be taken, or possible exemptions where appropriate.