Application Procedure

Admission Requirements
How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Recommendation
GRE Requirement
English Proficiency Requirements (International Students)
Teaching and Research Assistantships
Tuition and Fees
Living Expenses
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Student Housing
Campus Tours
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Admission Requirements:

Students with a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree may apply to either of the degree programs. Students apply with degrees in textiles, engineering, management, or design. Typically the minimum acceptable overall grade point average (GPA) is a 3.0 out of 4.0, based on most current U.S. universities. Students should have 20 credit hours in mathematics and natural sciences in their undergraduate degree. Degrees must be obtained from a four-year, accredited university. Graduate transfer credits can only be from other U.S. universities, and must be approved by the student’s graduate committee. Certificates and diplomas are not recognized as undergraduate degrees.

How to Apply:

When applications are complete, a three member Faculty review team will evaluate and submit a recommendation on admission. This decision can take 1 to 3 weeks depending on the time of year. Then, the Graduate School will make a recommendation for admission based on the departmental recommendation. This may take up to a month depending on the time of year. International students can expect a longer wait due to immigration policies. Applications can be deferred for up to one year from the original submission date. Applications are submitted online through the Graduate School:

Application Deadlines:

Not all supporting documentation has to be submitted by the deadline, only the application payment. Supporting documents such as letters of recommendation, scores, etc., may be submitted after the application deadline, but should be submitted at least a month before classes start for the applied semester start date. We only accept students in the spring and fall semesters.

Graduate Program Deadlines

Fall: Jun 25 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
Spring: Nov 25 (US); Jul 15 (Int)

Note: International applicants already living in the U.S. can adhere to the U.S. deadlines.

Statement of Purpose:

A statement of purpose is required for all applicants. This is separate from a CV or Resume. It must clearly state what research interests you would like to pursue, and what you hope to achieve here and post-graduation. The length should be no more than 2 pages.

Letters of Recommendation:

Three recommendations are required from people who know the prospective student’s academic record and potential for graduate study. These are submitted during the online application process. If necessary, hard-copies can be sent directly to the department.

GRE Requirement

The GRE exam is required for all applicants. We will also accept the GMAT in place of the GRE. The Department has no established minimum GRE score, but applicants that score in the 60th percentile or above in all sections, are considered the most competitive for the program. The institutional code number for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to report GRE scores to North Carolina State University is 5496.

english proficiency Requirements for International Applicants:

Provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of at least 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT). Minimum test scores for each section:

  • Listening: 18 points
  • Reading: 18 points
  • Writing: 18 points
  • Speaking
    18 points – for admission to the Graduate School
    23 points – for TA appointment where TA has direct verbal interactions with students
    26 points – for TA appointment where TA presents lectures in the class or laboratory

We will also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with an overall band score of at least 6.5. Minimum test scores for each section are listed below:

  • Listening: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 6.5
  • Speaking
    6.5 – for admission to the Graduate School
    7.0 – for TA appointment

Provide Duolingo with a total score of 110 or better.

See more on proficiency policies: Graduate Administrative Handbook (section P)
For more International Student information, see the Office of International Services (OIS).

Teaching and Research Assistantships:

Only Master of Science students are eligible for assistantships. Limited assistantships, depending on the departmental budget, are offered to the most competitive students in the program. Individual Faculty may also award assistantships to students that match their own research endeavors. This can be in the form of a research grant or award. There is no separate application to apply for teaching/research funding in the department. Simply indicate on your application in the spaces provided, that you would like to be considered for funding.

Graduate Tuition and Fees:

Spring-Fall 2021-2022 rates (Student Services Center)

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Nine credit hours is considered full-time enrollment at the graduate level.

Estimated Cost of Living:

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Student Housing:

Campus Tours:

The Graduate School does not offer campus tours for potential applicants. For a tour, you may contact the office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Undergraduate Admissions Office offers regular tours for all campus visitors. Learn more about campus visits online (new window) or contact the TATM department directly.

Other questions about Graduate School? (FAQ)

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Lisa Chapman
Director of Graduate Programs, TATM
1020 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606-8301
Office: (919) 513-4020


Mr. Robert Cooper
Graduate Services Coordinator
1020 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606-8301
Office: (919) 515-6632