Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design

M.S.

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Faculty: Professors Bide and Welters, co-chairs. Professor Ordoñez; Associate Professors Hannel and Harps-Logan; Assistant Professors Aspelund, Gagnon, and Lu; Adjunct Associate Professor Warner; Adjunct Assistant Professor Warburton; Professors Emeriti Emery and Higa; Associate Professor Emerita Helms.

The department offers a wide variety of individualized programs in close association with other departments (Art, Chemistry, Education, History, Business) and with various social science fields.

Specializations

Textile science, historic textiles and costume, textile conservation, cultural analysis, and fashion merchandising.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: GRE and a bachelor’s degree with adequate preparation for the proposed area of study.

Program requirements: for thesis option, completion of a minimum of 30 credits, including six credits of thesis research. For nonthesis option, completion of a minimum of 33 credits, half of which must be TMD courses numbered 500 or above, including at least one course that requires a substantial paper or practicum involving significant independent study, and written comprehensive examinations. TMD 510 is a requirement for all students. For the textile science specialization, TMD 510; a statistics course. For the specializations focusing on historic textiles and costume, textile conservation, and cultural analysis, TMD 510, 518, 500 or 524, and a supervised internship (TMD 530, 2-4 credits); half of the remaining elective credits must be from TMD courses numbered 500 or above. A minimum of nine credits is required to achieve a competency level in an allied field such as art history, history, or anthropology; this may result in a program of more than 30 credits. The committee may elect to waive this requirement if the candidate has adequate preparation in the allied field as an undergraduate. Candidates lacking undergraduate courses in textile science and fashion history may be required to make up deficiencies without graduate credit. For the fashion merchandising specialization, TMD 510 and 524; six credits to be selected from TMD 432, 442, or 452; a statistics course. Candidates lacking undergraduate courses in textile science and fashion history may be required to make up deficiencies without graduate credit.

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Fashion Merchandising

This program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree who wish to further their education to gain a fundamental understanding of fashion merchandising. Students may apply 400-level course work from the certificate program to the master’s degree program.

Admission requirements: A bachelor’s degree with a 3.00 GPA or higher. Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may enter by earning a combined score of 900 or above on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.

Program requirements: Prerequisites for the 400-level courses include TMD 232, 303, 313, and 332 (10 credits). Students will be required to successfully complete 12 credits to be selected from TMD 402, 424, 432, 433, 442, and 452.