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Textile Chemistry

 

Master of Science | Textile Chemistry

Program Format:   
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 MS degree. The MS degree requires a minimum of 36 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 Masters in Textile Chemistry online.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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

PLAN OF STUDY

Students are held to the same requirements as the on-campus MS 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 33 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 degree via TOP.

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.

The Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) Department grants an MS TC (Option B) degree to students who fulfill the 33-hour course work requirements in textile chemistry, and who pass the Department’s final comprehensive oral examination. Students enrolled in this program must develop a Plan of Graduate Work under the direction of his or her TC faculty advisor.
Students must take a minimum of 33 credit hours to fulfill the degree requirements, including:

At least six (6) courses from the following list of approved TC courses.

Substitutions must be approved by the Director of Graduate Programs.

PCC 302 - Technology of Textile Wet Processing

Units: 4

Introduction to the science and technology used in textile wet processing. Topics include preparation, dyeing, printing and finishing of textiles, basics of color generation and measurement. Emphasis mainly on cotton, wool, nylon and polyester. Laboratory includes experiments in wet processing and a project on statistical analysis of fabric defects.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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TC 530 - The Chemistry Of Textile Auxiliaries

Units: 3

Industrially important textile chemicals used for enhancing fiber and fabric properties such as durable press, water repellency, anti-soiling, flame retardancy, softness, stiffness, lubricity and other uses. Correlation of effect with structure, end-use influences, interaction with fabric and fibers, sources and synthetic routes, economic and environmental considerations.

Offered in Fall Only

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TC 561 - Organic Chemistry Of Polymers

Units: 3

Principles of step reaction and addition polymerizations; copolymerization; emulsion polymerization; ionic polymerization; characterization of polymers; molecular structure and properties.

Offered in Spring Only

TC 565 - Polymer Applications and Technology

Units: 3

Poly[olefins], poly[vinyl chloride], poly[vinyl acetate], poly[urethanes], epoxies, silicones, styrene copolymers used as textile finishes, nonwoven binders, fabric coatings, composites, adhesives, foams, carpet backing adhesives. Emphasis upon synthesis, industrial processes, properties and products.

Offered in Spring Only

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TC 589 - Special Studies In Textile Engineering and Science

Units: 1 - 4

New or special course on developments in textile engineering and science. Specific topics and prerequisites identified vary. Generally used for first offering of a new course.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

TC 704 - Fiber Formation--Theory and Practice

Units: 3

Practical and theoretical analysis of the chemical and physical principles underlying conventional methods of converting bulk polymer to fiber; rheology; melt, dry and wet polymer extrusion; fiber drawing; heat setting; general theory applied to unit processes.

Offered in Fall Only

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TC 705 - Theory Of Dyeing

Units: 3

Mechanisms of dyeing. Application of thermodynamics to dyeing systems. Kinetics of diffusion in dyeing processes.

Offered in Spring Only

TC 706 - Color Science

Units: 3

Basis of modern techniques for color specification, measurement, control and communication. Applications of color science to textiles, plastics, color reproduction, computer-based imaging and display systems. Basic concepts taught by computer color graphics.

Offered in Fall Only

TC 720 - Chemistry Of Dyes and Color

Units: 3

Correlation of color and chemical constitution, synthetic routes for popular dyes of all important types; electronic mechanisms for reactive dyes; chemistry of dye interactions with light, washing and other in-use influences; economic and environmental considerations.

Offered in Spring Only

TC 771 - Polymer Microstructures, Conformations and Properties

Units: 3

Exploration of connections between microstructures and properties of polymers afforded by analysis of their conformational characteristics. Analysis of NMR spectroscopy and conformational energy estimates to establish polymer microstructures and resultant sizes and shapes of polymer chains, which then related to their unique and rich variety of physical properties.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

TC 791 - Special Topics In Textile Science

Units: 1 - 6

Intensive treatments of selected topics in textile, polymer and fiber science.

Offered in Fall and Spring

TC 792 - Special Topics In Fiber Science

Units: 1 - 6

Study of selected topics of particular interest in various advanced phases of fiber science.

Offered in Fall and Spring

TE 566 - Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering

Units: 3

In-depth study of the engineering design of biomedical polymers and implants. Polymeric biomaterials, including polymer synthesis and structure, polymer properties as related to designing orthopedic and vascular grafts. Designing textile products as biomaterials including surface modification and characterization techniques. Bioresorbable polymers. Credit for TE 466 and TE 566 is not allowed.

Offered in Fall Only

TE 570 - Polymer Physics

Units: 3

Polymer microstructures, polymer solutions, polymer physical states [including amorphous polymers, crystalline polymers, polymer melts, melting of polymers, glass-transition, and other transitions], polymer blends, polymer mechanical properties, polymer viscoelasticity and flow, multicomponent polymer systems, and modern polymer topics. The physics of polymer fibers. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Offered in Fall Only

TMS 500 - Fiber and Polymer Microscopy

Units: 3

Art and science of light and electron microscopy; theoretical and practical aspects of visibility, resolution and contrast. Laboratory practice in assembling, testing and using various microscopes and accessories in analyzing, describing and identifying unoriented and oriented crystalline or amorphous materials. Laboratory emphasis on study of fibers and polymers through transmission microscopy with polarized light.

Offered in Fall Only

TMS 762 - Physical Properties Of Fiber Forming Polymers, Fibers and Fibrous Structures

Units: 3

Experimental results and theoretical considerations of physical properties of fibers and fiber-forming polymers. Electrical, thermal, optical, frictional and moisture properties of these materials. Influence of chemical and molecular fine structure on these properties.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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TT 503 - Materials, Polymers, and Fibers used in Nonwovens

Units: 3

Fundamentals of raw material used in nonwoven processes. Raw material production, chemical and physical properties of nonwoven raw materials and assessment of material properties. Introduction of structure/property relationships for these materials and how these relationships influence end use applications.

Offered in Fall Only

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Six (6) hours of independent study

Independent Study credit hours will not be included as part of the coursework.

TC 630 - Independent Study

Units: 1 - 3

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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Two semesters of Graduate Seminar

TC 601 - Seminar

Units: 1

Discussion of scientific articles and presentations; review and discussion of student papers and research problems.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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Up to three (3) courses (9 credit hours) are to be chosen from supporting areas.

Graduate programs that are to be earned totally through Textiles Online Programs (TOP) are designed for maximum flexibility. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester, and may be cancelled due to low student enrollment. Not all courses listed in the NC State Course Catalog can be provided through TOP.

Tuition Level: Graduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
Total Estimated Cost for 33 Credits Completed at NC State: $13,592.04

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
Total Estimated Cost for 33 Credits Completed at NC State: $33,260.04

Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJun 25 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
SpringNov 25 (US); Jul 15 (Int)

Dr. Xiangwu Zhang

Professor, Associate Head & Director of Graduate Programs, TECS, Inaugural University Faculty Scholar, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor

919.515.6547
xiangwu_zhang@ncsu.edu