Textile Essentials Series

The Wilson College of Textiles at NC State offers a course series for those desiring to increase their knowledge of textiles through a structured study program. The online undergraduate Textile Essentials Series is attractive to a rapidly changing industry and to audiences outside of “traditional textiles”.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. To be considered for the program, an original transcript must be submitted with your application.
To stay in the program, a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required. None of the required 15 hours may be taken for S/U or “credit only.” No transfer credits from other institutions are allowed for the certificate.

Visit NC State’s Undergraduate Online and Distance Education Tuition Rates page for detailed information about undergraduate 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. 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.

After acceptance into the program the coordinator will assist you in selecting courses each semester from those listed. For more information, click each course below to read a full description.

learn about fabrics and textiles, NC State textiles online programsDr. Pam Banks-Lee
Associate Professor
Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8301
Raleigh, NC 27695-8301

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.

NDS students are classified in two ways:

  • The Undergraduate Studies (UGS) classification is assigned to NDS students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. UGS students take courses as prerequisites for admission to undergraduate programs, to transfer, or for other reasons.
  • 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:
        …have graduated from high school at least one year before beginning enrollment.


      • Currently enrolled high school students may be eligible for the

Academic Enrichment Opportunity Program

      • … 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 theĀ 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.