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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design

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225 Justin Hall
Fax: 785-532-3796

Department Head:

Jana Hawley

Director of graduate studies:

Jana Hawley

Graduate faculty:

Barbara G. Anderson, M.Arch., University of Kansas.
Sherry Haar, Ph.D., Virginia Tech.
Jana Hawley, Ph.D., University of Missouri.
Kim Hiller-Connell, Ph.D., Michigan State University.
Migette L. Kaup, M.Arch., Kansas State University.
Hyung-Chan Kim, M.F.A., Iowa State University.
Joy Kozar, Ph.D., Iowa State University.
Melody L. A. LeHew, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Elizabeth McCullough, Ph.D., University of Tennessee.
Diana Sindicich, Ph.D., Florida State University.


Graduate programs in apparel and textiles focus on the physical, sustainable, economic, historic, sociopsychological, cultural, design, and/or comfort aspects of materials and products. Individual programs of study, capitalizing on the interests and disciplinary backgrounds of students and faculty, are developed to build the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to solve human ecological problems involving apparel and textiles. Areas of specialization include apparel design and production, and apparel and textile marketing. However, students may select courses in all of the areas for their program of study.

K-State is also a member of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Learning Alliance (GPIDEA), an online multi-institution degree program. GPIDEA allows you to receive a 36 credit master’s degree in merchandising. For more information, see www.gpidea.org.


The objective of the graduate programs in apparel and textiles is to prepare students for positions in education, industry, and public service that require expertise in apparel and textiles. Students develop this expertise through course work, research experience, consultation with graduate faculty members, and internships.

Facilities and Equipment

The Apparel and Textiles Sustainability Research LAB was established in 2006 and serves as an interdisciplinary facility where students and faculty can investigate how to make sustainable decisions in the workplace. The lab is designed to provide an area for collaboration between researchers in the area of sustainability. Students have opportunities to learn how to make better decisions in the marketplace as consumers and as leaders in the clothing and textile field. The Sustainability Research Lab also translates scholarly work into practical applications so that the broader community can better make the transition to a sustainable future. 

 Apparel Design Studios

The apparel design studios and laboratories house equipment for design development and production, such as dress forms, patternmaking tables, sinks for dyeing, and industrial and conventional sewing equipment. A compute laboratory with industry software and hardware is available to students. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop are utilized for flat drawings and presentations. Lectra software includes Mikalis for specifications, U4ia for print design, and Modaris and Diamino for pattern design and marker making. A digitizer, larger plotter and printers are housed in the lab.

Admission and application

Application procedures

The following documents are needed for all applications to Graduate School. The forms are available at http://www.humec.k-state.edu/atid/.


  • KSU application form 
  • Three references 
  • Application fee - $55.00 for international students or $30.00 for domestic students. Credit card, money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks(made payable to KSU Graduate School) will only be accepted for domestic student applications. 
  • Official transcripts, with institution’s seal, sent directly from each university attended
  • Statement of goals and objectives. One page stating reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, career goals, and specific area of study
  • GRE Score sent directly from testing agency. No minimum score is required. GRE requirement is waived for KSU students enrolled in the undergraduate Apparel and Textiles degree program. KSU Code = 6334, Dept Code = 4699
  • The online Program Focus form 
  • Confirmation Signature Receipt form
  • Assistantship application form (optional)

International Students:


  • TOEFL scores sent directly from testing agency (Minimums: 600 paper; 250 computer; and 100 internet-based
  • Affidavit of financial support form ($29,850 per year required)
  • Bank statement (less than 6 months old - No certificates of deposit)
  • Copy page of Passport with Photo ID and official name

 Where to send applications materials

Gina Jackson, Administrative Specialist
Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design
Kansas State University
225 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1405

Application deadlines

The following deadlines are strictly enforced for international students.

  • February 1st for admission the following fall semester
  • September 1st for admission the following spring semester
  • December 1st for admission the following summer semester

Domestic students may apply at any time; however, to be considered for graduate assistantships and scholarships, the February 1st deadline must be met.

Review by graduate faculty

The graduate faculty in the department review applications as a group and decide to recommend admission. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete and the application fee has been paid. If admission is recommended, the application, transcripts, and supporting materials are then sent to the Graduate School for final review. In the event that the faculty decide against admission, the applicant is notified by letter.


Financial aid is available through teaching and research assistantships. Graduate students receive a monthly stipend and tuition fee reduction or waivers. Assistantship applications are due February 1 with a decision announced by March 15.

Some non-service scholarship funding also is awarded. The university on-line scholarship application, due by February 1, is available by accessing the following website: http://www.ksu.edu/sfa/scholarships/. A paper copy can be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (785) 532-6420, or e-mail at ksufa@ksu.edu. This application will allow your name to be considered for any scholarship for which you qualify.

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