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Master of Science in Textile Chemistry


The Master of Science in Textile Chemistry emphasizes the fundamental principles of polymer science, dyeing and finishing technology, color science, dye chemistry, and fiber formation. It is highly relevant to many of the chemical, retail and textile industries, as well as environmental and medical science. The program requires 33 credit hours of master's level course work in textile chemistry. There is no thesis or foreign language requirement, although a final comprehensive oral examination is required. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

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Phone: 919-515-6627
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
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Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

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.

(What will I learn?)

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required for the degree.

All course work must be at the 500 level or above. However, up to three credit hours of advanced undergraduate 400 level course work from outside of the department may be allowed on the plan of work. Normally no more than nine credit hours of supporting courses from outside the department are allowed on the plan of work.

Within the plan of work, a student must complete two semesters (six credit hours) of TC 630 (Independent Study) to the satisfaction of the student’s program advisor. The results of this course work will serve as the basis for the final oral examination, and must be presented no later than two weeks prior to the deadline for submission of degrees for the semester in which the degree is to be awarded. Under normal circumstances, fulfillment of the final examination requirement is expected to be in the province of the student’s advisor in cooperation with an examination/advisory committee that would include a minor representative and a third TC faculty member.

Students should be aware that not all graduate textiles courses listed in the North Carolina State University Course Catalog are offered online, and only a limited number are offered online each year.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 33

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

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

Graduate School application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: June 25 (US citizens); March 1 (Internationals)
  • Spring semester: November 25 (US citizens); July 15 (Internationals)

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Students develop a plan of graduate work under the direction of a textile chemistry faculty advisor and must complete the program within six calendar years from the date of the first course in the plan of work.

Full-time graduate students enroll in three courses (nine credit hours) per semester; part-time graduate students typically enroll in one or two courses (three or six credit hours) per semester. Students must be continuously enrolled once their graduate program has begun.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Up to nine credit hours of relevant courses taken as a non-degree studies (NDS) student at NCSU may be included in the program with the approval of the student’s advisory committee.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $13,446.51
Non-resident: $29,451.51

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