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

Why Pursue This Program

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, quiltmaking 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.

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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.