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MS in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

For individual course descriptions, please refer to the list of TMD courses

The Department offers a Masters degree with thesis (30 credits) and non-thesis (33 credits) options.  The detailed requirements for these two options are listed separately.  Additional courses may be required in either option if they are missing from the academic background. Some financial aid is available in the form of teaching assistantships and tuition fellowships. To get an idea of the research topics and interests in the department you can review a list of recent theses and practicum projects, and look at faculty profiles.  

Students in Historic costume and textiles develop curatorial, conservation, and research skills under the guidance of nationally known experts. Internships in museums, historical societies, and textile conservation labs are integral to this specialization. The department's Historic Textiles And Costume Collection of some 16,000 items, one of the best university collections in the country, is an outstanding resource for students. URI's Library also houses a Commercial Pattern Archive of more than 40,000 paper patterns.  Textile science offers opportunities to study dyeing and finishing, color science, environmental issues, and quality control. Students use textile science laboratory facilities for coursework and research. Possibilities exist for cooperation with Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Fashion merchandising offers advanced study in retailing and consumer behavior. Graduate coursework in Management and Marketing supports this option.

Admission Requirements
The Graduate Record Examination and a bachelor's degree with adequate preparation for the proposed area of study are required. For the GRE tests a 900 combined verbal and quantitative score is the usual requirement.  The undergraduate degree may be in textiles and clothing, or in a related field. Students with a degree from a related area may need to make up deficiencies without graduate credit. International applicants must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550.

Financial Aid
Graduate assistantships offer valuable experience in college-level teaching and research. The level I assistantship stipend for the academic year 2001-2002 is $10,255. Tuition scholarships are available on a competitive basis through the Graduate School. The University has encouraged matriculation of qualified minority applicants through diversity assistantships. Occasionally contract work in textile testing or textile conservation pays qualified students on an hourly basis.

Prospective students can find general URI Application information  The international student application form is downloadable.  The graduate school will only respond to these forms submitted by regular mail.
Applying online is the preferred method of application to the University of Rhode Island. The online application process offers a secure and convenient way to apply for admission to our Graduate School. You can cut and paste your personal statement from any word processing program into the application. You can then submit with one click on the "Submit Your Application" button.
Completed applications are due by November 15 for spring admission, April 15 for summer admission, and July 15 for fall admission. International applications must be received by February 1 for Fall admission and July 15 for Spring admission. Applications for scholarships and assistantships must be received by February 1.

Given the increased use and availability of internet access, the Graduate School will no longer mail hard copies of the University catalog to prospective applicants at first request. Applicants will be advised to go to for both the catalog and downloadable application forms. If a prospective applicant still wishes to receive a catalog, they will be asked to send a self-addressed stamped envelope (9 x 11 manila) with $3.85 postage to the Graduate School office (55 Lower College Road, Suite 2). Those who inquire in writing and by e-mail will be notified of this by either a return e-mail message or a mailed postcard with the pertinent information and web addresses. 

More Information on Programs
Dr. Linda Welters, Graduate Program Director, Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design,
The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881.
Phone: 401-874-4525. Fax: 401-874-2581. E-Mail: