Cornell has the only Fiber Science & Apparel Design department in the Ivy League, and therefore attracts top faculty and students. Approximately 25 students from various locations throughout the United States and abroad are currently enrolled as graduate students in the field of Fiber Science & Apparel Design. Many graduates of the program enter industrial careers in research and development, design and product development; others find employment in higher education and government.
The fall admission deadline is January 15 to be guaranteed consideration for available financial aid. Graduate study applications are submitted directly to the Graduate School of Cornell University, which has jurisdiction over all graduate work and advanced academic degrees. Note that we will not review your application until it is fully complete, including test scores. Please do not include copies of certificates, passports or other documents.
Admissions are based on evidence of potential capability for advanced study. Applicants to the MA, MS and PhD must take the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE). We are still requiring the GRE for Fall 2021 applications. Applicants to the MPS do not need to submit GRE scores. Applicants for the PhD must already hold a master's degree.
All students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), unless you have studied full-time for two or more years at a college or university where English is the language of instruction located in a country where English is the native language. For the MA, MS, and PhD, minimum TOEFL scores are as follows: Writing 20, Listening 15, Reading 20, Speaking 26, as well as a minimum total score of 100. For the MPS, the minimum scores are: Writing 20, Listening 15, Reading 20, Speaking 26. For the MA, MS, and PhD, minimum TOEFL scores are as follows: Writing 20, Listening 15, Reading 20, Speaking 26, as well as a minimum total score of 100. For the MPS, the minimum scores are: Writing 20, Listening 15, Reading 20, Speaking 26. The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid only if dated within two years of your program's application deadline.
Cornell University expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services violates university policy, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission or involuntary withdrawal from the university.
Apparel design applicants
Applicants who wish to specialize in apparel design for an MPS, MA or PhD may be asked to submit a portfolio. For those whose research will be in applied design areas, a portfolio is required. Other research areas may not require a portfolio. Portfolios may be either traditional hard copy or electronic and should contain whatever you feel is necessary to show your work. Uploaded portfolios need to be fewer than 10 MB. Portfolios may also be emailed to the graduate field assistant.
Fiber science applicants
Applicants who wish to specialize in fiber science, for the MS, MPS or PhD degree, must have completed courses in calculus, physics and organic chemistry. Applicants for the PhD must already hold an MS in textile chemistry, textile science, polymer science, engineering, chemistry, physics, applied mathematics or a similar discipline. Applicants may be required to make up any deficiencies before admission or as part of the requirements for the degree.
Financial support, in the form of teaching assistantships, graduate research assistantships or fellowships is offered with acceptance to PhD students only. Full assistantships include tuition, fees and individual health insurance. Assistantships are offered for four academic years, mid-August through mid-May. Continued funding is contingent upon acceptable academic performance constituting good standing in your graduate field and satisfactory fulfillment of any teaching or research responsibilities as defined by your assistantship supervisor.