These programs of study include a prescribed number of semester hours of advanced courses, which may include up to six semester hours devoted to a thesis based on research conducted by the student. There is no foreign language requirement. The plan of course work and the research activities for the Master of Science degree are designed to prepare the student for a career in management, research, development, or technical aspects of the textile and allied industries. These programs are also excellent precursors to the Doctorate Degrees. Students may minor in one or more of a number of associated fields.
Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management Department Masters
Master of Science in Textiles
The objective of the Master of Science in Textiles is to develop the student’s potential for research and the technical and analytical skills needed for the design of new products and processes and for careers in the textile supply chain, in research laboratories, in government agencies, and in higher education. The MS degree is a thesis-based 36 credit hour program where students conduct independent investigation. Students may specialize in the following areas: advanced fibrous structures, medical textiles, textile product design, textile technology, textile technology management, and nonwoven structures.
Master of Textiles
The objective of the Master of Textiles Option B is to provide on and off-campus students with an opportunity to strengthen their education background and prepare them for productive careers in the textile supply chain, in research laboratories, in government agencies, and in higher education. The Master of Textiles Option is a non-thesis degree and is flexible enough to accommodate a breadth of students. This 30 credit hour program can be completed in only two semesters of full-time on-campus study. This program is also available entirely via distance education and may be completed on a part-time basis.
Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science Department Master’s
Master of Science in Textile Chemistry
The Master of Science in Textile Chemistry degree program emphasizes the fundamental principles of polymer science, dyeing and finishing technology, color science, dye chemistry, and fiber formation. Our program is highly relevant to many of the chemical, retail and textile industries, as well as environmental, medical and forensic science. Graduates of Textile Chemistry are recruited by a broad range of companies, such as DuPont, Proctor & Gamble, Nike, General Motors, fiber and textile companies all over the globe, and state and federal agencies involved with forensic science.
Master of Science in Textile Engineering
The Master of Science in Textile Engineering degree program offers unique educational and research opportunities within the domain of textile materials, structures, machines, and processes. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing upon mathematical sciences, other engineering disciplines, and the physical sciences. Current research activities in textile engineering include electro-mechanical design, inventory and supply chain control, studies in thermal and fluid sciences, polymer and fiber science, biomedical applications of textiles, textile composites, and pollution prevention. Since our program encompasses such diverse fields of study, many of our students opt to co-major in other programs at NC State. Examples of these co-majors are statistics, bio-medical engineering, and industrial engineering.
The Wilson College of Textiles administers two Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs, which are Fiber and Polymer Science and Textile Technology Management. The normal entry requirements for both programs is a Masters degree in a related discipline plus other entry requirements as specified by the Graduate School.
Doctor of Philosophy in Fiber and Polymer Science
The multidisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in Fiber and Polymer Science program brings together the disciplines of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering for the development of the independent scholars versed in the fields of polymer, fiber, and textile science. The polymer, fiber, and textile sciences are concerned with polymeric materials and fibers produced from them; textile assemblies in one, two, and three-dimensional forms; and the chemistry of dyeing, finishing, and other wet processes. This broad field of study permits a wide range of useful concentrations.
Doctor of Philosophy in Textile Technology Management
The Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management program is designed to educate students for research and management careers in textile technology management in the fiber, textile, apparel, retail and related industries complex, as well as for positions in government and academe.
Applications for these programs must be processed through The Graduate School.
Graduate Certificate in Nonwovens Science and Technology
The goal is to provide recognized academic credentials in Nonwoven Science and Technology and the program is available to students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NC State as well as non-degree seeking graduate level students.
This certificate program is also available via Distance Education Program through TOP
Graduate Certificate in Textile Brand Management and Marketing
This program provides NC State graduate students the opportunity to develop recognized academic credentials in Textile Brand Management and Marketing in addition to their major area of graduate study. It additionally affords non-degree seeking graduate level students, the opportunity to develop expertise in this area.
Graduate Certificate in Consumer Textile Product Design and Development
This program provides NC State graduate students the opportunity to develop recognized academic credentials in Consumer Textile Product Design and Development in addition to their major area of graduate study. It additionally affords non-degree seeking graduate level students, the opportunity to develop expertise in this area.
Graduate Certificate in Textile Supply Chain Management
This program provides NC State graduate students the opportunity to develop recognized academic credentials in this concentration in addition to their major area of graduate study. The Certificate also provides non-degree graduate-level students the opportunity to develop recognized advanced expertise in Textile Supply Chain Management.
For more information regarding the Master’s Degree programs contact:
Dr. Lisa Chapman, Director of Graduate Programs
Rob Cooper, Student Services Assistant
Dr. Emiel DenHartog, Director of Graduate Programs
Traci Figura, Graduate / Administrative Support Specialist
For more information regarding the Ph.D. programs contact:
Dr. Stephen Michielsen, Director of Ph.D. Programs
Traci Figura, Graduate / Administrative Support Specialist