There are two options offered at the Ph.D. level that allow you to do cutting edge research in the lab for our PFT sciences program or study consumers and merchandising techniques in the International setting.

Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences

This program is designed for those who want to pursue research at the frontier of the discipline. You will learn to initiate and conduct research related to:

  • Polymers and fibers
  • Fabrication of advanced multifunctional fibers and their surface functionalization
  • Stimuli-responsive fibers and nanostructured biomaterials
  • Biobased plastics/composites
  • Biodegradable polymer products
  • Enzymatic treatment of textiles
  • Smart textiles and apparel
  • Medical textiles
  • Analytical chemistry and characterization of fibers and textiles
  • Product design and development
  • Quality and statistical analysis
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Materials sciences

International Merchandising Emphasis

This program provides opportunities for concentrated study in the following topic areas:

  • International Apparel and Textiles Retailing
  • International Production and Trade
  • Global Sourcing
  • International Business Practices
  • E-commerce in a Global Setting
  • Historic & Cultural Aspects of Dress

Study Abroad

You will have opportunities to study abroad/Away in:

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