Grad School Profile: MS in Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors at UGA

Institution:  University of Georgia.

Location: Athens, Georgia.

Department: College of Family and Consumer Sciences; Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors Department.

Concentration(s): MS Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors.

Application Deadline: Fall semester: July 1 (January 1 for full consideration for financial aid)
Spring semester: November 15.

Admission Requirements: Application (online); application fee; transcripts; GRE scores (minimum score of 900; 400 verbal and 500 quantitative), letters of recommendation (3); Statement of goals (one to two pages) explaining your purpose in pursuing graduate studies in our department and your research interests; resume; an undergraduate/graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. International students must score a minimum of 80 on the TOEFL with a minimum of 20 in speaking and writing.

Tuition and Financial Aid: $8266.00 for in-state students, $23,170.oo for out-of-state students, full-time students (as of Fall 2010, exclusive of room and board expenses).  Graduate assistantships provide financial assistance to students while allowing them to work closely with one or more faculty members on specific research or teaching assignments. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are generally awarded on a 9-month, academic year basis.  Master’s students may hold assistantships for no more than two academic years, since the Master’s degree is designed to be completed within two years.  Tuition is waived for graduate students holding assistantships but some fees must be paid by the student.  Scholarships through the college are available on a competitive basis.

Course Curriculum and Degree Requirements: M.S. students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit. This includes a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework and six semester hours of Master’s Thesis. At least one half of the graduate credit hours (exclusive of thesis) must consist of UGA courses that are open only to graduate students. Information about courses is available on the Graduate Courses in TMI website.  Students in the M.S. program are required to select one of the four areas of focus within the department: 1) historic/cultural dress and textiles, 2) merchandising and international trade, 3) textile science, and 4) historic homes and interiors. At least three courses within the selected focus area must be completed.

Course Highlights: Students conduct scholarly research and develop skills needed in industry, business, government, and academia.  Textile science laboratories are fully equipped, including a physical testing lab with all major textile testing instruments, and a microscopy lab.   A separate pilot-scale laboratory contains wet processing equipment.  The department is home to a Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection of over 1500 garments, accessories and textiles which date from 1800 to 1980.  Exhibitions (coordinated by faculty, graduate and undergraduate strudents) are installed at least once a semester in the Barrow Hall gallery and other museum and galleries in the area.  There is a strong emphasis on the study of African and African American clothing culture.

Professional Goals: students come from a variety of undergraduate degrees: business, merchandising, history, geography, art history, textile engineering, and other fields.  Many students go on to become curators, merchandisers, textile technologists and university professors.

Notable Faculty:

  • Dr. Patricia A. Annis – textile scientist, has contributed largely to the world of textile analysis.
  • Josè Blanco – prominent menswear, museums and collection management scholar.
  • Dr. Katalin Medvedev – fashion history and culture scholar, several publications.  Member of the Costume Society of America.

Contact: Dr. Soyung Kim Graduate Coordinator – Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors. 

Click here for the program’s website.

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