Textile Chemistry - Online and Distance Education

Textile Chemistry

Master's Degrees | Textile Chemistry

Textile Chemistry

Entrance Exam: GRE

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. 

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 M.S. degree. The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 35 hours including a thesis and typically takes 2 years to complete.

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. A growing number of off-campus professionals from around the world have shown interest in studying for a Master of Science in Textile Chemistry online.


Candidates with a bachelor's degree in textiles, or in a related area, may apply to the master's program.


This master's degree requires 35 credits. At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of the required graduate courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $16,170 for North Carolina residents and $45,885 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

Students are held to the same requirements as the on-campus M.S. in Textile Chemistry (Option B), and must follow the rules outlined in the Graduate School Administrative Handbook.

  1. The degree must be completed within six (6) years of the date of the first course taken.
  2. Students must be continuously enrolled once they begin their graduate program. Students may request one leave of absence following graduate school guidelines.
  3. A minimum of 35 credit hours is required to complete the degree.
  4. A Plan of Work is required.
  5. Students must work with an adviser throughout the program. A Graduate Committee is not required.
  6. No more than six (6) credit hours of independent study courses (TC 630) are allowed on the Plan of Work.
  7. Nine (9) credit hours of supporting courses from outside the Department are allowed on the Plan of Work.
  8. A graduate course that was completed while the student was enrolled in NDS status at NC State University may be considered for transfer to a master’s program provided that (1) it is at the 500 level or higher; and (2) the grade is B or better (courses with grades of B- or lower will not be allowed to transfer). A maximum of 12 credit hours taken while in PBS status may be transferred into a master’s degree program with the approval of the student’s advisor.
  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. 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.

Note: The two-semester on-campus residency usually required of all master’s students has been waived for students completing this online degree program.

Career Prospects

This degree program is particularly attractive to those who have an undergraduate degree along with some professional experience. Graduates with a Master of Science in Textile Chemistry find employment in textile, chemical, and retail industries as well as in environmental and medical science. They are recruited by a broad range of companies, such as DuPont, Proctor & Gamble, Nike, General Motors, and even law enforcement for forensic science work. The degree also provides a firm foundation for further graduate studies.

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