Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design

Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design Master of Science (M.S.)

Graduate programs at the master’s level in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design allow you to concentrate your coursework in merchandising of apparel and textiles, costume or textile history, quilt studies, textile science, and textile or apparel design. Individual programs may include coursework in business, history, art, art history, education, chemistry, and statistics as well as textiles, merchandising and fashion design. In consultation with a faculty adviser, you plan an individualized course of study linking background interest with research or creative interests of departmental faculty and educational resources of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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The masters program requires 30 to 36 semester hours of graduate coursework.

On-campus Programs
Determined by the selected area of emphasis or area of study, three options are available: thesis, special project, or a non-thesis option with comprehensive exam. Course requirements include approximately 15-20 hours of course work in textiles, merchandising and fashion design. Textile History/Quilt Studies options require a combination of on-campus and distance technology instruction. Additional course work may be taken in areas outside the department.
Online Distance Education Programs (MS - Merchandising Specialization Only)
In the ever-changing, global atmosphere of retailing, the ability to merchandise the product to the consumer is a strategic advantage. Merchandising is the theoretical background needed to deliver the right product or service to the consumer in the right place, in the right quantities, at the right time and the right price. The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) sponsors fully-online programs in merchandising that allow students to complete coursework while maintaining their professional lives.

Graduates of the program are prepared to work in product development, promotions and retail management. Retailing has a major impact on the U.S. economy, representing 1/3 of the total U.S. economy or $4 trillion. For professionals in retailing, apparel design or business who lack the theoretical background of merchandising, the expertise offered through the merchandising master's degree may provide for career advancement or a new career in merchandising.

Graduate Handbook

Application to this program

Requirements for Applicants

• Completion of online application through GAMES

• Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

• Minimum GRE Scores (Institution code = 6877) Verbal 150, Quantitative 141, and 4.0 Analytical Writing. For textile science students, the minimum scores are 143 Verbal, 155 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical Writing.   

• Minimum TOEFL scores (International Students only) 550 on paper test, 213 on computer based test or 79 on the internet based test (Institution code – 6877).  
• Digital Portfolio for textile design and apparel design areas of interest only.