Successful applicants typically have a science or engineering background. Those pursuing Textile Engineering must have an undergraduate engineering degree or demonstrated proficiency in the appropriate calculus-based math and core technical competencies. If these requirements are not met, additional coursework may be required prior to admission into the program. Those pursuing Textile Chemistry must have an undergraduate degree in chemistry, textiles or an equivalent degree with demonstrated proficiency in the appropriate calculus-based math and core chemistry competencies. If these requirements are not met, additional coursework may be required prior to admission into the program.
Applicants are also expected to meet the following minimum requirements: a GPA of 3.0 or First Class Honors in the Bachelor’s degree; a TOEFL score of 213 for the computer-based, and 80 for internet-based(international students) OR IELTS scores with an overall band score of at least 6.5; and three letters of reference. GRE is optional (prefer scores in the 65th percentile).
Financial aid in the form of teaching assistantships or research assistantships is typically available for full-time US students who apply early. A Teaching Assistantship is provided to a student to directly participate in the teaching mission of the TECS department as an instructor of record, lab instructor, recitation leader, lab or lecture assistant; or to provide general support to the teaching mission of the department or program. Students can consult with the Director of Graduate Programs for information on Teaching Assistantships. A Research Assistantship is provided to a student to directly participate in the research mission of the TECS department, in the design of experiments, data collection, analysis, or reporting of research results in the student’s field of study, where research may, but is not required to, contribute directly to the student’s thesis or dissertation; or to provide general support to the research mission of the unit or discipline. Students who seek a research assistantship can acquire this through individual faculty members who have research projects that require a graduate student. Students can consult with the Director of Graduate Programs for information on Research Assistantships. While international students can typically find support by their second semester, they should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first and second semesters at least.