Master of Science in Textile Chemistry

The Master of Science in Textile Chemistry degree program emphasizes the fundamental principles of polymer science, dyeing and finishing technology, color science, dye chemistry, and fiber formation. Our program is highly relevant to many of the chemical, retail and textile industries, as well as environmental, medical and forensic science. Graduates of Textile Chemistry are recruited by a broad range of companies, such as DuPont, Proctor & Gamble, Nike, General Motors, fiber and textile companies all over the globe, and state and federal agencies involved with forensic science.

A growing number of off-campus professionals from around the world have shown interest in studying for a Masters in Textile Chemistry via distance. Students can earn a Master of Science in Textile Chemistry (MS TC) Degree: Option B (Non-Thesis) entirely online.

Students are held to the same requirements as the on-campus MS Textile Chemistry (Option B), and must follow the rules outlined in the Graduate School Administrative Handbook.

  1. The degree must be completed within six (6) years of the date of the first course taken.
  2. Students must be continuously enrolled once they begin their graduate program. Students may request one leave of absence following graduate school guidelines.
  3. A minimum of 35 credit hours is required to complete the degree.
  4. A Plan of Work is required.
  5. Students must work with an adviser throughout the program. A Graduate Committee is not required.
  6. No more than six (6) credit hours of independent study courses (TC 630) are allowed on the Plan of Work.
  7. Nine (9) credit hours of supporting courses from outside the Department are allowed on the Plan of Work.
  8. A graduate course that was completed while the student was enrolled in NDS status at NC State University may be considered for transfer to a master’s program provided that (1) it is at the 500 level or higher; and (2) the grade is B or better (courses with grades of B- or lower will not be allowed to transfer). A maximum of 12 credit hours taken while in PBS status may be transferred into a master’s degree program with the approval of the student’s advisor.
  9. All course work must be at the 500 level or above. However, up to 3 credit hours of advanced undergraduate 400 level coursework from outside of the department may be allowed on the Plan of Work.
  10. Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to remain in the program and must have a 3.0 GPA or higher at the time of graduation.

Note: The two-semester on-campus residency usually required of all master’s students has been waived for students completing this degree via TOP.

Visit NC State’s Graduate Online and Distance Education tuition rates page for detailed information about graduate tuition and fees.

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid adviser in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. A limited amount of grant funding is also available to students enrolled in Online and Distance Education degrees. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and enrollment in multiple Online and Distance Education courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid web site, or call (919) 515-2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.

The Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) Department grants an MS TC (Option B) degree to students who fulfill the 35 -hour course work requirements in textile chemistry, and who pass the Department’s final comprehensive oral examination. Students enrolled in this program must develop a Plan of Graduate Work under the direction of his or her TC faculty advisor.

Students must take a minimum of 35 credit hours to fulfill the degree requirements, including:

  1. At least six (6) courses from the following list of approved TC courses. Substitutions must be approved by the Director of Graduate Programs.
  2. Six (6) hours of Independent Study (TC 630). Independent Study credit hours will not be included as part of the coursework.
  3. Two semesters of Graduate Seminar (TC 601).
  4. Up to three (3) courses (9 credit hours) are to be chosen from supporting areas.

Graduate programs that are to be earned totally through Textiles Online Programs (TOP) are designed for maximum flexibility. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester, and may be cancelled due to low student enrollment. Not all courses listed in the NC State Course Catalog can be provided through TOP. For more information, click each course above to read a full description.


Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli
master's degree in textiles, study textile design online

Associate Professor, Associate Department Head, TECS
Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8301
Raleigh, NC 27695-8301
Fax: (919) 515-6532
Telephone: (919) 515-9426

Step 1: Apply for Admission to NC State University as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Student

Note: If you are a degree- or non-degree-seeking student who has been continuously enrolled, you may register for available online courses through MyPack portal.

Only students admitted to NC State can take classes at the University. Anyone interested in taking courses without enrolling in a degree program at NC State must first apply as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. Admission to NDS does not imply admission to an NC State degree program. NDS students are classified as non-degree-seeking. Grades earned as an NDS student will go toward the student’s NC State University grade point average or may be transferred to another institution based on that institution’s transfer policy.

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) classification is assigned to those NDS students who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Enrolling as a PBS student is an excellent way to explore different fields of study to fulfill your personal and career goals.

As an NDS student, you may register for a maximum course load of eight (8) hours per semester on a space-available basis. Some courses carry prerequisites or are limited to degree-seeking students, so review the course schedule to determine your eligibility. NDS students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at all times.

To register as a new Non-Degree Studies student:

    1. Begin by checking your eligibility for Non-Degree Studies (NDS) status. To be eligible to apply for NDS, prospective students must:
        … be eligible to return to any previous institution(s) attended.
      • … have accumulated less than thirty (30) hours of total credit as an NDS student at NC State. NDS students are limited to a total of 30 hours of credit in NDS status. Students with 29 hours attempted will be allowed to register for the next term even if their enrollment in that future term will exceed the 30-hour limit, but they will not be activated for any subsequent terms once they have accumulated or exceeded 30 hours of credit.

For more details on NDS enrollment eligibility, please see the NDS Enrollment Rule.

    1. If you meet the criteria for enrolling as an NDS student, and

…you have never attended NC State as a degree-seeking student, OR
…you graduated with a degree from NC State and wish to enroll as a NDS student, OR
…you previously attended NC State as an NDS student, but have not enrolled in courses for a year or longer, you should complete the online application. All applications require a non-refundable $25 Application Fee.

Note: NDS applications are good for a full year. For example, if you apply for Summer I, you do not need to submit a separate application for Summer II, Fall, or Spring.

If new NDS applications are not currently being accepted, you must wait to apply until after the start-of-term lock-out ends. You will not be able to take a class until next term.

The Registration & Records website provides additional information and answers to questions about Non-Degree Studies at NC State University.

Apply to the NDS Program

Step 2: Pay Tuition

NDS students are required to prepay their tuition before they can register for classes. To pay your tuition:

For additional information and answers to questions about tuition and fees, visit the Cashier’s Office website.

Step 3: Register for Your Class

To register for classes you will need an NC State student ID number and/or NC State Unity (computer system) ID and password. These will be e-mailed to you once your NDS application has been processed and accepted.

  • NDS students can register for classes only after the open enrollment period begins. View upcoming enrollment dates.
  • Using your NC State Unity ID and password, log-in to the MyPack portal, and select the class(es) for which you wish to register.