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Textile History, MA (Quilt Studies)

Master of Arts

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Blended
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $325.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $609.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This blended program offers opportunities for graduate study, research, and creative work in the areas of costume and textile history and quilt studies. 

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design allows students to concentrate their coursework in textile history with a quilt studies emphasis. 

This is a non-thesis degree option. Up to nine graduate credit hours may be transferred from another fully accredited institution in the field of textiles, clothing and design or in a supporting field such as history, art history or museum studies, subject to the approval of the supervisory committee. Courses may be completed on a non-degree basis for personal or professional enrichment or as part of the 30- or 36-hour degree programs. 

Department resources include a historic textile and costume collection with over 4,000 pieces maintained in a state-of-the-art climate controlled environment. Internship opportunities in  museum and gallery settings, as well as domestic and international study programs are available.

Students at the master's level may concentrate their coursework in costume or textile history, or quilt studies. Individual programs may include coursework in business, history, anthropology, art, art history, as well as textiles, clothing and design. In consultation with a faculty adviser, each student plans an individualized course of study linking background interest with research or creative interests of departmental faculty and educational resources. The program is designed for persons interested in analyzing the complex ways gender, class, ethnicity, aesthetics, politics, religion and technology find expression in the textile arts, quilt-making traditions, design and culture. 

Students are required to come to the Lincoln campus for one semester (January-May) and for the internship presentation and final oral examination at the conclusion of their program. The semester on campus includes supervised hands-on experience in both collections and labs.

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in history, art history, American studies, or women's studies from an accredited institution

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
February 1
Spring Semester
October 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDPS 900JHistoric Methods in Education Research3

Course Number: EDPS 900J

Connections in the general study of history to the study of the history of education. Concepts employed in educational historical research and the methods used by historical researchers. The methodology of historical research.

TMFD 808History of Textiles3

Course Number: TMFD 808

Textiles in the context of artistic, social, political and economic developments in the cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Emphasis on the evolution of textile design and stylistic differences between cultures.

TMFD 809Care and Conservation of Textiles Collections3

Course Number: TMFD 809

Recommended practices for accessioning, handling, storage, exhibition, and preventative conservation of textiles and dress in museum collections. Philosophical and ethical issues confronting curators and collection managers.

TMFD 818History of Quilts3

Course Number: TMFD 818

Influence of social, political, artistic and technological developments on quiltmaking traditions worldwide.

TMFD 896Independent Study - Textile Science3

Course Number: TMFD 896

The work will be supervised and evaluated by departmental faculty members. Individual projects in research, literature review, or creative production, may or may not be an extension of course work.

TMFD 905DAdvanced Problems: The Studio Quilt Movement1-6

Course Number: TMFD 905D

An exploration of the rise of the so-called "art quilt" movement from 1960 to the end of the 1990s. The work of key makers will be considered and situated within the larger textile and craft movements of the late twentieth century.

TMFD 905DAdvanced Problems: Design Issues & Perspectives1 - 6

Course Number: TMFD 905D

(1-6 cr each per sem, max 12) Prereq: Permission of chair Reading, discussions, and reports dealing with the economic, sociological, historical, technical, and aesthetic phases of textiles and clothing.

TMFD 997Internship3

Course Number: TMFD 997

Supervised independent professional experience under direction of a practicing professional within the textile and apparel industry, government agencies, museums and/or businesses.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TMFD 890Workshops1-6

Course Number: TMFD 890

Workshops on a variety of topics by department faculty and visiting artists, scholars and scientists. Opportunity to analyze and evaluate techniques, develop skills, or study topics of special interest.

TMFD 978Seminar in Textile History1 - 3

Course Number: TMFD 978

(1-3 cr per sem, max 9)

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $325.50
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $367.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $976.50
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1103.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $609.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1827.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1953.75

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