The graduate program in Fiber Science & Apparel Design is directed toward the study of the properties, performance, and design of textiles, apparel, and fibrous structures. The program offers five degrees within two concentrations: apparel design (MA and Ph.D. programs) and fiber science (MS and Ph.D. programs). A written thesis or dissertation is required for completion of all graduate degrees in Fiber Science & Apparel Design. Candidates for the Ph.D. require at least three years of full-time study beyond the master's degree. Candidates for the MS or MA usually complete their degree requirements within two years. The Master of Professional Studies in Human Ecology is a one-year program intended for for professionals who need further academic training but whose career goals are not oriented to research and teaching at an advanced level.
Approximately 25 students from various locations throughout the United States and abroad are currently enrolled as graduate students in Fiber Science & Apparel Design. The wide variety of these students' interests and experiences provides a valuable, intangible resource. The faculty are from the College of Human Ecology, as well as other departments around campus. Students also have access to a wealth of other resources in the department, including the opportunity to attend weekly research seminars.
Many graduates of the program enter industrial careers in research and development, design, and product development; others find employment in higher education and government.