Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (MS)


Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, MS

On Campus 30 cr

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.


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.

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Goals and objectives include:

  • For the Merchandising specialization: Explore innovative merchandising techniques, including the extensive use of technology. Learn and apply theory and research methods to address industry challenges.
  • For the Textile Science specialization: Apply theory, knowledge and academic research to specialties in the textile science field.  Examine fundamental textile material science disciplines, which includes the study of interdisciplinary topics.


  1. Merchandising (On-Campus)
  2. Textile Science (On-Campus)

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • Personal Statement: Letter of application describing educational and career goals.
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample: Any of the following would be an appropriate writing sample: Manuscript or published article resulting from earlier research, such as master's thesis; Paper given at professional meeting; substantial paper, such as review of literature; Grant proposal; Critique of a research article; Professional materials developed for use in one's workplace; Course paper.
  • Three recommendation letters

Admission Application Deadlines

For priority consideration: February 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring.

Graduate Chair

Sandra Starkey

Support Staff

Melisia Bieber

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