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Master of Arts in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles

Program URL: http://amdt.wsu.edu
Faculty working with Students: 7
Students: 10
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 50%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

Washington State University offers a dynamic Master of Arts Program in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles. Opportunities available with the AMDT master’s program include individualized, in-depth programs of study; nationally and internationally recognized faculty; faculty research grants to support students; publications in refereed research journals; designs and creative work in juried exhibits; competitive assistantships; and graduate internships. The master’s program provides students with opportunities to pursue research through the completion of a thesis or project. Research areas for a thesis or project include Apparel Product Development; Textile Product Development, Consumer Studies; Creative Scholarship and Design; International Trade, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Merchandising.

Admission Requirements:

Submit the following to the Graduate School:
1.A personal statement addressing the applicant’s interest
in pursuing a master of arts, anticipated career path, and specific areas of research interest
2.Three letters of recommendation written
by college level professors, or professional or personal references that address the applicant’s ability for intellectual engagement, creative thinking, attitude, and motivation
3.One written essay that demonstrates writing capabilities and creativity
4.Resume/Vita
5.Portfolio for design emphasis may be required upon request; official transcripts

Materials should be mailed to:
WSU Graduate School
P.O. Box 641030
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
USA

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

    1.  Assimilate, integrate, and evaluate scholarship in our multi-disciplinary field.
    2.  Understand basic research design, and varied research methods.
    3.  Develop expertise and conduct and publish research in one or more specific areas of the discipline.
    4.  Describe the impact of current trends and forecasting in our field.
    5.  To expand creative thinking skills.
    6.  Make strategic and ethical decisions and develop effective solutions for organizations.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates compete in a dynamic and expanding marketplace. The state of Washington is ranked fourth in the nation in apparel and textile industry productivity, which creates considerable opportunity for industry-related scholarship and career development (Enterprise Seattle). The AMDT masters program helps students become competitive when entering the apparel and textile industry and for those students interested in continuing on to a doctoral program a strong research foundation is created.
Graduates of the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles have many career opportunities including:
-University Teaching
-Fashion Design
-Technical Design
-Retail Management
-Retail Buying
-Doctoral Studies
-Museum Development
-Entrepreneur Development

http://amdt.wsu.edu/graduate-alumni/
See a list of current alumni

Career Placements:

http://amdt.wsu.edu/graduate-alumni/
See a list of current alumni

Faculty Members:

Bradley, Linda Arthur, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Chi, Ting, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sustainability and Sustainable Development, Firm Strategic and Supply Chain Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Environmentalism, International Trade and Global Sourcing, Multi-Channel Retailing and Electronic Commerce, and Statistic Modeling and Analysis.

Christel, Debbie A., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Functional design, research and development
Market research and design methodologies of plus-size apparel
Technology based design using 3D body scanning
Product development of medical apparel for post-bariatric and obese patients
Weight bias
Student perception of obesity

Ellis, Joan Lynne, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Liu, Hang, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Nanofiber production and application in biomaterials, protective garments, and smart textiles
Development of biodegradable textile products made of bio-based fibers, applications, and degradation profile
Testing and Structure-Property analysis of textile products

Salusso, Carol J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Perceptions of Body Form Relative to Cultural Ideals of Beauty
Product Development
Product Quality Related to Sizing, Fit, Textile Performance and End Use
Product Quality Related to User Response
Social, Psychological, Aesthetic and Cultural Aspects of Clothing
Wearer Response to Size, Fit, Style and Textile Components

Son, Jihyeong, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Ting Chi, Ph.D.
Johnson Hall Annex C23
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-8536