Graduate Degree Requirements

Incoming TATM Master's Students - Fall 2015

Master of Science – Textiles
Master of Textiles: On-Campus
Master of Textiles: Distance Education
Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree (ABM)
3+X Exchange Program
Course Offerings
TATM Graduate Handbook (PDF)

Master of Science – Textiles

The Master of Science in Textiles (MS) prepares students for industry positions. Students interested in continuing with a Ph.D. in Textile Technology and Management (TTM) or Fiber and Polymer Science (FPS) are also encouraged to pursue the MS degree. The MS degree requires a minimum of 36 hours including a thesis and typically takes 2 years to complete.

MS degree requirements:
  1. Students should form a thesis committee and have an approved Plan of Work (POW) by the end of thesecond semester (for full time students).
  2. 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.
  3. Students must successfully pass the thesis defense to graduate.
  4. A minimum of 36 credit hours are required to earn the degree.
  5. A maximum of 12 credit hours of relevant courses taken as non-degree studies (NDS) may be included in the program with the approval of the student’s thesis committee.
  6. Two (2) credit hours of TTM 601 (graduate seminar) are required for the degree. No more than 2 hours of TTM 601count toward the degree.
  7. A total of 6-10 credit hours of 600 level courses (TT/TTM 630, 693, 695) in the major for research and independent study can count towards the degree.
  8. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of supporting course work from outside the Department are allowed to count towards the degree. This may be increased to a maximum of 12 hours for students taking 6-credit hour classes in the College of Design.
  9. All course work toward the degree must be at the 500 level or above. However, up to 3 credit hours of advanced undergraduate 400 level coursework from outside of the department may be allowed on the plan of work.
  10. Each specialization requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of TT/TTM course work at the 500 or 700 levels.
  11. 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.
  12. The degree must be completed within six (6) years of the date of the first course completed that is on the Plan of Work. 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; two (2) semesters maximum.
  13. 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

Specific course requirements for specializations are as follows (not all courses are offered every semester and/or may be cancelled):

Recommended Focus in Textile Design & Fashion Design
  • TT 551- Advanced Woven Fabric Design & Structures
  • TT 570- Textile Digital Design and Technology
  • TT 571- Professional Practices in Tex. Design and Tech.
  • TTM 510- Apparel Technology Management
  • TTM 515- Apparel Production
  • TTM 517- Advanced Computer-Aided-Design for Fashion
  • TT/TTM 591- Special Studies
  • TT/TTM 630- Independent Study
  • TT/TTM 632- Special Studies in Tex. Prod. Development
  • TT/TTM 676- Special Projects
Recommended Focus in Branding & Retail
  • TTM 561- Strategic Technology Management in the Tex. Complex
  • TTM 573- Management of Textile Product Development
  • TTM 582- Global Text. Brand Management and Marketing
  • TTM 583- Strategic Planning for Textile Firms
  • TTM 585- Market Research In Textiles
  • TTM 588 – Global Perspectives in Textile Supply Chain Management
  • TT/TTM 591- Special Studies
  • TT/TTM 630- Independent Study
  • TT/TTM 676- Special Projects
Recommended Focus in Textile Technology
  • TT 504- Introduction to Nonwovens Processes and Products
  • TT 520- Yarn Processing Dynamics
  • TT 530- Textile Quality and Process Control
  • TT 541- Theory and Practice Of Knitted Fabric Production and Control
  • TT 550- Production Mechanics and Properties of Woven Fabrics
  • TT/TTM 591- Special Studies
  • TT/TTM 630- Independent Study
  • TT/TTM 676- Special Projects
Recommended Focus in Textile Management
  • TTM 530- Textile Quality and Process Control
  • TTM 533- Lean Six Sigma Quality
  • TTM 535 – Research Methods and Management
  • TTM 561- Strategic Technology Management in the Tex. Complex
  • TTM 581 – Global Textile and Apparel Business Dynamics
  • TTM 583- Strategic Planning for Textile Firms
  • TTM 591- Special Studies
  • TTM 630- Independent Study
Other Specializations
  • Multiple Specializations
  • Use the optional 9 hours outside the department
  • Use TT/TTM 591, TT/TTM 630, & TT/TTM 676 (12 hours) to structure a focus

Master of Textiles: On-Campus

The Master of Textiles (MT) is a non-thesis degree that can be completed in only two semesters (1 year) of full-time on campus study or up to a maximum of six (6) years through distance education. The program is also available entirely via distance education and may be completed on a part time basis. The degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

MT degree requirements:
  1. Students must work with an adviser throughout the program. A Graduate Committee is not required.
  2. Students must submit a Plan of Work (POW) by the end of their first semester.
  3. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to complete the degree.
  4. A maximum of six (6) credit hours independent study courses, TT/TTM 630/632, are allowed to count towards the degree.
  5. A maximum of 12 credit hours of relevant courses taken as non-degree studies (NDS) may be included in the program with the approval of the student’s adviser.
  6. TTM 601 (Graduate Seminar) is not required for the degree. Students are allowed to take TTM 601, but no more than 2 credit hours of TTM 601 count toward the degree.
  7. No minor can be declared.
  8. Nine (9) credit hours of supporting coursework from outside the Department are allowed on the Plan of Work. This may be increased to 12 hours for students taking 6-credit hour classes in the College of Design.
  9. All course work must be at the 500 level or above. However, up to 3 credit hours of advanced undergraduate 400 level coursework from outside of the department may be allowed on the Plan of Work.
  10. The degree must be completed within six (6) years of the date of the first course included in the Plan of Work. 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; two (2) semesters maximum.
  11. Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to remain in the program and must have a 3.0 GPA or higher at the time of graduation.

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

Master of Textiles: Distance Education

The Master of Textiles is available entirely by distance education. Registration for courses is administered by the TOP program http://textilesonline.tx.ncsu.edu/
Students are assigned an advisor whom will oversee them throughout the program. Students must complete the program within 6 calendar years from the date of the first course taken.

Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree (ABM)

The Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM) are designed to provide exceptional undergraduate students in the Fashion and Textile Management (FTM) and Fashion and Textile Design (FTD) programs with a curriculum that will provide the opportunity to complete a BS degree (in FTM or FTD) and a TATM Master’s degree in 5 to 5 1/2 years. Students in this ABM program can choose to pursue a non-thesis track in which they can potentially complete a Master of Textiles (MT) degree within 12 months after obtaining a Bachelor’s (BS) degree in FTM or FTD. Alternatively, students can choose the thesis track in which they can potentially complete a Master of Science in Textiles (MS) degree within the18 months following obtaining a BS degree in FTM or FTD.

Program Eligibility
  • Students seeking admission to the ABM program in TATM should begin the application process once they have completed seventy five (75) hours toward their undergraduate degree, including credits earned from advanced placement.
  • Transfer students must meet the 75-hour requirement. They are also required to have completed a minimum of two semesters as a full-time student at NC State (a minimum of 24 hours).
  • All students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their undergraduate degree program coursework and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the time of application to be considered for participation in the ABM Program.
Program Admission
  • A prospective student who meets the eligibility requirements should schedule a meeting with the DUP. The DUP will review the student’s academic credentials and progress toward the undergraduate degree and then make the appropriate recommendation to the student and the DGP to pursue formal application to the ABM program in TATM. If the student does not meet the minimum GPA requirements or falls below these requirements during the application process, he/she will not be eligible for admission and may continue progress toward the BS degree.
  • All students recommended by the DUP should schedule a meeting with the DGP by the end of the second semester of the Junior year to reap the full benefits of the ABM program. The DGP will help the eligible student to develop a Plan of Graduate Work that outlines how the student will complete the required coursework and requirements for both the BS and master’s degrees within the remaining 2-2.5 years of study. The Plan of Work must be approved by both the student’s undergraduate academic advisor, DUP and DGP before the completion of the BS degree.
  • Students with an approved Plan of Work will be directed to make application to the Graduate School seeking a Master’s degree in TATM. Applications consist of the standard Graduate School Application form, application fee, official transcripts, a statement of purpose, one letter of recommendation from Faculty, and a Plan of Work approved by the undergraduate adviser, DUP and DGP.  With the exceptional academic performance in their undergraduate program (a GPA of 3.5 or above), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) will not be required for applicants for the ABM program in TATM.
  • Application to the Graduate School constitutes formal application to the ABM Program in TATM. The Graduate Programs Committee in the Department of TATM will review all applicants for the program.
  • Students may not bypass the Bachelor of Science degree en route to the Master’s degree in TATM.
Plan of Work

Contents of the Plan of Work for a Master’s degree in Textiles (MT or MS) should contain the following, consistent with the Graduate School’s ABM Plan of Work form.

  1. A list of graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student totaling no more than 12 credit hours that will be double-counted toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  2. A list of graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student totaling up to a maximum of 6 credit hours that will count toward the graduate degree only.
  3. A list of all graduate courses that will be taken after admission to the graduate program.
  4. Approval from the undergraduate academic adviser, DUP, and DGP in the department of TATM.
Modified 8-Semester Display

Modified Fashion and Textile Management (BS): Fashion Development and Product Management (18FTMBS-18FTMFDP)
Modified Fashion and Textile Management (BS): Brand Management and Marketing (18FTMBS-18FTMBMM)
Modified Fashion and Textile Design (BS): Fashion Design (18FTDBS-18FTDFAS)
Modified Fashion and Textile Design (BS): Textile Design (18FTDBS-18FTDTEX)

3+X Exchange Program

The 3+X program is a collaboration between the College of Textiles and international universities to provide high performing undergraduate students in the partner institutions with an opportunity to take graduate level classes at NC State in their senior year. The courses taken at NC state in the first semester of their senior year can be double counted toward both their bachelor’s of science degree from their home institution and their master’s degree in College of Textiles at NC State. Participants for this program are nominated by their base university. Those selected officially enroll in the graduate programs in the College of Textiles in the spring semester of their senior year, pending acceptable academic performance during the prior semester and that all Graduate school requirements are met. Read more

TATM Course Offerings**

*TT503 – Materials, Polymers, and Fibers used in Nonwovens
*TT504 – Introduction to Nonwovens Processes and Products
*TT505 – Advanced Nonwovens Processing
*TT506 – Bonding Principles in Nonwovens
*TT507 – Nonwoven Characterization Methods
TT508 – Nonwoven Product Development
*TT 520 – Yarn Processing Dynamics
TT 520L – Yarn Processing Dynamics
*TT 521 – Filament Yarn Production Processing and Properties
TT 521L – Filament Yarn Production Processing and Properties
TT 530 – Textile Quality and Process Control
TT 532 – Evaluation of Biotextiles
TT 533 – Lean Six Sigma Quality
*TT 550 – Production Mechanics and Properties of Woven Fabrics
TT 550L – Production Mechanics and Properties of Woven Fabrics
*TT 551 – Advance Woven Fabric Design & Structures
TT 551L – Advance Woven Fabric Design & Structures
TT 570 – Textile Digital Design and Technology
TT 571 – Professional Practices in Textile Design and Technology
TT 581 – Technical Textiles
TT 591 – Special Studies in Textile Technology

TTM 510 – Apparel Technology Management
TTM 510L – Apparel Technology Management
TTM 515 – Apparel Production
TTM 517 – Advanced Computer-Aided-Design for Fashion
TTM 530 – Textile Quality and Process Control
*TTM 531 – Total Quality Management in Textiles
TTM 533 – Lean Six Sigma Quality
TTM 535 – Research Methods and Management
*TTM 561 – Strategic Technology Management in the Textile Complex
TTM 573 – Management of Textile Product Development
TTM 579 – Textile Design Collection Studio
*TTM 581 – Global Textile and Apparel Business Dynamics
TTM 582 – Global Textile Brand Management and Marketing
*TTM 583 – Strategic Planning for Textile Firms
TTM 585 – Market Research in Textiles
TTM 587 – Advanced Fashion Collection Studio
TTM 588 – Global Perspectives in Textile Supply Chain Management
TTM 591 – Special Studies in Textile Technology Management

*Denotes courses also offered via distance education (TOP)
** Not all courses are offered every semester and/or may be cancelled due to low student enrollment.

For a complete listing of current course offerings (select TT and/or TTM), your can search the Registration and Records Course Catalog

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