We offer a master of science degree guided by expert faculty, with the opportunity to work side by side with faculty who will guide in your thesis research on a topic of your choice. You’ll conduct an in-depth research study in one of our specialization areas in conjunction with supporting coursework. Specialization areas of study are based on faculty expertise. Our master’s program also offers a non-thesis option which requires an internship or supervised project equivalent to thesis research.

Focus Areas

Students are required to select one of four focus areas:
• M.S. in Merchandising
  - Historical and Cultural Aspects of Dress
  - Interior Environments
  - Merchandising and International Trade
• M.S. in Polymer, Fiber and Textile Sciences (PFTS)

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Information on theses and dissertations completed by doctoral students in the Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors Department can be located at Theses and Dissertations at UGA.

Student Profile

Our students get the chance to conduct scholarly research and develop skills needed in industry, business, government, and academia. Our students come from a variety of undergraduate degrees including:

  • Business
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • History
  • Fabric Design
  • Furnishings and Interiors
  • Textile Engineering


The M.S. requires graduate-level coursework in:

- Research Methods
- Statistics
- Qualitative Methods
- Textile and Apparel Economics
- Graduate Seminar
- Textiles
- Textile Testing
- Directed Study
- Thesis research for MS-Thesis Track or Supervised Research/Industry Project for MS Non-Thesis Track
- Required courses in your area of focus

Undergraduate Courses

For students in Polymer, Fiber and Textile Science, undergraduate courses in Chemistry, Textiles, and Textile Testing are also required. If you have not earned credit for these courses or equivalents the courses will be taken during the first year in the program in addition to graduate courses.

Interdisciplinary Research

Other courses taken are approved by your major professor and offer flexibility in selecting coursework that enable you to meet a variety of career goals. Interdisciplinary research may be pursued in:

  • Business
  • Management
  • Retailing and consumer economics
  • Chemical and physical sciences
  • Theatre
  • Art
  • Engineering
  • Fabric design

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