M.S. Textiles Degree Requirements and Program Structure

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Specific program requirements can be found in the TATM Graduate Handbook 

Master of Science in Textiles

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework and a thesis. The M.S. degree typically takes 2 years to complete and must be completed within 6 years. Students must be continuously enrolled once they begin their graduate program. Students may request a leave of absence from the program for one semester at a time, with two (2) semesters maximum. Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to remain in the program and have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of graduation.

Students must meet all the rules outlined in the Graduate School Administrative Handbook


  1. Of the 36 hours required for the M.S. degree, the following coursework must be included.
    1. A minimum of 15 to 24 credit hours of TT/TTM course work at the 500 or 700 levels.
    2. Two (2) credit hours of TT/TTM 601 (graduate seminar). Please note, no more than 2 hours of TT/TTM 601 can count toward the degree.
    3. Eight to ten (8-10) hours of the following research courses:
TT/TTM 630Independent study 1-3
TT/TTM 693Master’s Supervised Research1-9
TT/TTM 695Master’s Thesis Research1-9
TT/TTM 696Master’s Summer research1
  1. Of the 36 hours required for the M.S. degree, the following coursework may be included.
    1. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of supporting coursework from outside the Department (non TT/TTM courses). This may be increased to a maximum of 12 hours for students taking 6-credit hour classes in the College of Design.
    2. A maximum of 3 credit hours of advanced undergraduate 400 level coursework from outside of the Department may be substituted for coursework at the 500 or 700 levels.
    3. Six (6) credit hours of the following independent study (IS) courses. Please note, when taking TT/TTM 630, 632 or when taking TT/TTM 591 as an independent study, you must submit this IS form before you can register.
TT/TTM 630Independent Study 1-3
TTM 632Special Studies in Textile Product Development1-6
TT/TTM 591Special Studies 1-4

d. If a minor is selected, a minimum of nine (9) hours must be taken in the minor area and nine (9) hours are counted toward the degree requirement.

e. A maximum of 12 credit hours of relevant graduate level courses taken as non-degree studies (NDS) at NC State may be transferred into the program with the approval of the student’s thesis committee. Transfer courses cannot be graded S or U, a 400 level course and must have a grade of “B” or better.

f. A maximum of 9 credit hours of relevant graduate level courses, taken at an accredited University may be transferred into the program with the approval of the student’s thesis committee. Transfer courses cannot be graded S or U, a 400 level course and must have a grade of “B” or better.


Students should form a thesis committee and have an approved Plan of Work (POW) by the end of the second semester (for full time students), and students should plan to defend their thesis in their fourth semester.

  1. Thesis committee composition:
    • A minimum of three NC State Graduate Faculty members;
    • The committee chair must be a graduate faculty member in TATM; and
    • If the student has a minor, one committee member needs to represent the minor.
  2. Students must receive an unconditional pass in their thesis defense in order to graduate.

Thesis Requirements

Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee shall consist of at least three Graduate Faculty members, two of which must be part of the Graduate Program Faculty in the TATM department. The Chair or at least one Co-Chair must be a member of the Graduate Program Faculty in Textile Chemistry. The Chair or Co-Chair will also serve as the student’s Academic Advisor unless the student elects to have a separate Academic Advisor. The Chair or Co-Chair will also serve as the student’s formal Academic Advisor, although all committee Members have responsibility to advise the student.

Master’s Thesis. The Master’s thesis should be a research exercise that necessitates expertise at the M.S. level and is concentrated in the textile apparel, technology, and management area on a well-defined topic that has a restricted scope. The thesis work must be carried out using the scientific method and with care, rigor, and ethics. An understanding of the relevant literature and the state of the art in the field of interest is also expected. A thesis research project needs to generate new knowledge, or apply technical knowledge in an innovative way, and thus thesis work should be of sufficient quality that it could yield at least one peer-reviewed publication and/or proceeding or presentation at a technical conference. The committee will supervise the work throughout the preparation of the thesis with the Chair or Co-chairs taking major responsibility; the student should consult with the chair and the committee regarding any major problems and keep them regularly informed of progress.

Master’s Thesis Document. The thesis document must be formatted according to the NC State Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) guide and submitted electronically to the Graduate School. Once the thesis is orally defended, it must be unanimously approved by the Advisory Committee.

Master’s Thesis Defense and Oral Examination. Candidates for the thesis-based Master’s degree must unanimously pass a comprehensive oral examination that demonstrates to the Advisory Committee that they possess a reasonable mastery of apparel m and supporting fields, as well as that they exhibit Master’s level critical thinking skills and can apply disciplinary technical knowledge with promptness and accuracy. The oral examination includes a public oral presentation about the thesis work and sufficiently answering questions from the audience and, most importantly, the Advisory Committee, that are focused on any aspect of the thesis project, including methodology, approach, relevance, data analysis, and interpretation. The examination may not be held until all other requirements, except completion of the coursework for the final semester, are satisfied. In order to formally schedule the defense, the student must first get written approval at least 13 business days in advance from both the TATM Director of Graduate Programs and the Advisory Committee Chair/Co-Chairs; approval will not be granted until a complete written thesis document is provided to these individuals.