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M.A. in Apparel Design




What will I learn?

The common focus of the field is the study of fibrous materials and their use as apparel, as engineering structures (such as composite materials), in biomedical applications, and in home furnishings. The Field of Fiber Science and Apparel Design is applied and multidisciplinary, with faculty members drawn from the Colleges of Human Ecology and Engineering.

Students are expected to develop strength in their base discipline as well as gain appropriate breadth to support the area of specialization. Active research programs exist in high-performance fibers and fiber-reinforced composites; Green composites; detergency and surface chemistry; perfume treated fabrics; textile materials in biomedical and geotechnical applications; polymers for electronics; liquid-crystal polymers; textile-dye chemistry; crystal morphology of fibers; electrospin of fibers; cellulose; apparel and fashion design, design ethnography; sizing and fit of apparel; functional apparel; cultural and historic studies of clothing and textiles; mass customization and technology; and technology management in the apparel industry.

Learning Outcomes

Master concepts in Apparel Design such as:

  • Anthropology of the Fashioned Body
  • Understanding Functional Aspects of Clothing and Design
  • Human Factors: Anthropometrics and Apparel
  • Fashion Theory
  • Fashion, Media and Technology
  • Fashion and Beauty
  • Functional Aspects of Clothing and Design

Which department am I in?

College of Human Ecology

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$20,800.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Human Ecology

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall,


New York,

14853, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

IELTS Academic - 7.0; TOEFL - The Graduate School’s official minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT are: Speaking: 22, Reading: 20, Listening: 15, Writing: 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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