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Fiber and Polymer Science

This doctoral program creates independent scholars in the fields of polymer, fiber and materials science through education in mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering. 

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of textiles, students pursuing a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science research a nearly unlimited range of STEM topics, including: 

  • Polymer science
  • Fiber science  
  • Forensics
  • Textile chemistry
  • Dyeing and finishing
  • Medical textiles
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nonwovens
  • Functional textiles
  • Smart textiles
  • Sustainability

Apply to the Fiber and Polymer Science Ph.D. Program

Deadlines for Spring 2023 Start: July 15 for international students, Nov. 25 for U.S. citizens

Deadlines for Fall 2023 Start: March 1 for international students, June 25 for U.S. citizens

Please be advised that many funding decisions are made during March and April. While the formal deadline for U.S. citizens is June 25, you are advised to apply early to be eligible for available funding.

Finding New Ways to Evaluate Materials

Fiber and Polymer science doctoral candidate Faisal Abedin is advancing activewear from the Textile Protection and Comfort Center.

Ph.D. student and testing subject in TPACC lab

Small Community, Big Resources 

Close to 90 students are enrolled in the program, creating a close knit community. However, this small program within a tier-one research institution means that your resources and connections are anything but limited. 

Curious about a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science?

Watch the video below to learn what students, alumni and faculty say makes the program unique.

The professors within the Wilson College of Textiles are really incredible, making sure that I feel passion and involvement in my research. So it’s not just a research topic, and I’m stuck in the lab all the time, but it’s something that really drives my interest.

Caitlin Knowles

Fiber and Polymer Science Student

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