The Master of Textiles is a non-thesis degree that may be completed totally online. Its objective is to provide students with an opportunity to strengthen their educational background by providing flexibility for completion of coursework within set parameters determined by course professors. There is no thesis or foreign language requirement. A final comprehensive oral examination is required.
Candidates with a bachelor's degree in textiles, or in any other related area, may apply to the master's program.
This master's degree requires 30 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 $13,860 for North Carolina residents and $39,330 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 Master of Textiles degree, and must follow the rules outlined in the Graduate School Administrative Handbook.
- The degree must be completed within six (6) years of the date of the first course taken.
- Students must be continuously enrolled once they begin their graduate program. Students may request one leave of absence following graduate school guidelines.
- A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to complete the degree.
- A Plan of Work is required.
- Students must work with an adviser throughout the program. A Graduate Committee is not required.
- No more than six (6) credit hours of independent study courses (TT/TTM 630) are allowed on the Plan of Work.
- No minor can be declared.
- Nine (9) credit hours of supporting courses 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.
- A maximum of 12 credit hours of relevant courses taken as post baccalaureate studies (PBS) at NC State may be included in the program with the approval of the student’s adviser.
- 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.
- 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.
Students completing the Master of Textiles may find productive careers in the textile supply chain, in research laboratories, in government agencies or in higher education. This degree is of particular value to those who have some professional experience between the time they received their undergraduate degree and the time they enter the graduate degree program or who have specific career goals in the textile industry.