Textile History, MA (Quilt Studies)

Master of Arts Degree in Textile History with an Emphasis in Quilt Studies

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Blended
  • 36
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Program Overview

The online Textile History, MA (Quilt Studies) program offers opportunities for graduate study, research and creative work in the areas of costume, textile history and quilt studies. Students at the master's level may concentrate their coursework in costume and textile history or quilt studies. 

Students of the Textile History, MA (Quilt Studies) program gain:

  • A non-thesis degree program with coursework focusing on textile history with an emphasis in quilt studies. 
  • Access to a historic textile and costume collection with over 4,000 pieces.
  • Internship opportunities in museum and gallery settings.
  • Extensive knowledge about how textiles have changed throughout human history and how modern technology influences textiles.

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. Courses can be completed on a non-degree basis for personal or professional enrichment or as part of the 30 or 36 degree programs. 

Individual programs may include coursework in:

  • Business
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Textile
  • Clothing 
  • Design

Note: Students are required to come to the Lincoln campus for one semester (January-May) and 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.

This program is designed best for students with undergraduate degrees in:

  • History
  • Art History
  • American Studies
  • Women’s Studies

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an international leader in the field of quilt studies with its renowned International Quilt Museum (IQM) and its comprehensive collection of quilts spanning five centuries and representing quiltmaking traditions around the world. 

Career Outlook: Craft artists create usable handmade objects for everyday use, which include pottery, glassware and textiles. Quilters are a form of craft artists that create quilts for exhibition or everyday use. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Craft and Fine Artists is growing at a rate of 6%, which is about as fast as average.

Admissions and Requirements

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. 2.5 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: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Submit separate application to academic department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TMFD 905DAdvanced Problems: The Studio Quilt Movement1 - 6
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 808History of Textiles3
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
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 997Internship3
Supervised independent professional experience under direction of a practicing professional within the textile and apparel industry, government agencies, museums and/or businesses.
EDPS 900JHistoric Methods in Education Research3
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 818History of Quilts3
Influence of social, political, artistic and technological developments on quiltmaking traditions worldwide.
TMFD 818History of Quilts in the Western World3
TMFD 896Independent Study - Textile Science3
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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TMFD 890Workshops1 - 6
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
(1-3 cr per sem, max 9)

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TMFD 905DAdvanced Problems: Design Issues & Perspectives1 - 6
(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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterFeb 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01