Apr 16, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interior Design and Fashion Studies

225 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Fax: 785-532-3796

Department head:

Barbara Anderson

Director of graduate studies:

Melody LeHew

Graduate faculty:

Barbara G. Anderson, M.Arch., University of Kansas
Michael Dudek, M.S., Florida State University
*Sherry Haar, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
*Kim Hiller-Connell, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Migette L. Kaup, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee1
Hyungchan Kim, M.F.A., Iowa State University
*Joy M. Kozar, Ph.D., Iowa State University1
*Melody L. A. LeHew, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Bryan Orthel, Ph.D., Washington State University
Genna Reeves, Ph.D., Oregon State University
Yingying Wu, Ph.D., Cornell University

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.
1Denotes graduate faculty that are faculty in Gerontology.

Inter-Institutional faculty:

Jennifer Jorgensen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jaeha Lee, North Dakota State University
Linda Manikowske, North Dakota State University
Greg Clare, Oklahoma State University
Nancy Lyons, South Dakota State University
Susan Strickler, South Dakota State University



The Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design offers a resident master of science degree in apparel and textiles, a distance master of science degree in merchandising, and a resident doctor of philosophy degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences with a specialization in apparel and textiles.

Resident graduate programs include an interdisciplinary core of courses and individual programs of study, capitalizing on the interests and disciplinary backgrounds of students and faculty, to build the theoretical, technical and methodological skills necessary to solve human ecological problems involving apparel and textiles.

The distance master of science degree specialization in merchandising is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), an online multi-institution degree program. 


The graduate programs in apparel and textiles prepare students for positions in education, industry, and public service that require expertise specific to the field. An overarching mission of the department is to facilitate environmental and social responsibility through scholarship, education, and outreach that enhance ecologically sustainable products, processes, and behavior.

Facilities and Equipment

Product Development Laboratories

The recently renovated apparel product development laboratory includes industrial sewing, pressing, and patternmaking equipment, ergonomic furnishings, and high tech teaching technologies. Industry standard software and hardware is used for product development, patternmaking, and technical specifications. 

The textile research laboratory provides facilities for nanoweb fabrication, wettability characterization, and water vapor permeability testing.  The equipment includes an electrospinning/electrospray machine (Spraybase®), optical tensiometer with a tilting stage (Attension Theta, Biolin Scientific), and a water vapor transmission rate tester (W3/031, Labthink).

A GTCO Calcomp RD3 pattern digitizer, wide format plotters, Vicon Bonita 10 motion capture system, and Novel pliance X are available for research related to anthropometrics, clothing sizing, and patternmaking. A variety of software, including Meshlab and Blender are used to manipulate scanned data.

The natural dye laboratory is equipped for dyeing, printing, and steaming of textiles for research and creative inquiry projects. Equipment includes a bullet steamer, and a colorimeter, which is available for colorfastness tests.  

Center on Aging

Some faculty in the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design also serve as faculty in the gerontology program and conduct collaborative research with other gerontology faculty through the K-State Center on Aging.  The Center on Aging offers both undergraduate and graduate coursework for students; faculty conduct basic and applied research on issues of aging with particular emphasis on the social, economic, psychological, and environmental factors that may improve the quality of life for older adults.

Historic Costume and Textiles Museum

The Historic Costume and Textile Museum is a notable collection of traditional and artistic artifacts, which are available for scholarly research. With over 15,000 holdings, the collection includes a number of Nelly Don dresses, wearable art from Anita Mayer, American quilts, haute couture, salon shoes, military uniforms, Byzantine-era textiles, Chinese and other ethnic textiles, and clothing and textiles from famous and not-so-famous midwesterners. The collection began being assembled at the beginning of the 20th century and continues to be augmented by friends, faculty, and Kansas State University alumni who have lived and traveled throughout the world.

Admission and application

Application procedures

Applicants follow the Application Procedures of the Kansas State University graduate school available at http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/  The supporting documents below are required by the Department of  Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design as part of the application package. The Kansas State University Graduate School requires that all application packages be fully complete before review by the graduate faculty in the department.

  • Three references (see reference form at http:www.he.k-state.edu/atid/at-grad/application-procedures.html)
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from each university attended
  • Statement of objectives. One page stating reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, career goals, research interests, and specific area of study
  • Resume (.pdf file)
  • GRE score. No minimum score is required. GRE requirement is waived for the distance M.S. merchandising program. Arrange for official score to be sent to Kansas State University, institutional code 6334
  • For applicants pursuing an interest in apparel desing, submit 4-6 images of recent work as a .pdf file
  • Assistantship application (optional for students applying to the resident M.S. and Ph.D. programs)

International Students:

  • TOEFL scores. (Minimums: 550 paper-based; 213 computer based; or 79 internet-based) Arrange for official scores to be sent to Kansas State University by ETS, institutional code 6334.
  • Affidavit of financial support form (http://www.he.k-state.edu/atid/at-grad/affidavitmanhattan.pdf)
  • Bank document (less than 6 months old - No certificates of deposit)
  • Copy page of Passport with Photo ID and official name


Application deadlines

Ph.D. and M.S. Apparel and Textiles Resident Programs

  • January 8 for fall (August) enrollment
  • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment

M.S. in Merchandising Distance Program

  • March 1 for summer or fall (June or August) enrollment
  • October 1 for spring (January) enrollment

Review by graduate faculty

The graduate faculty in the department review applications as a group and decide to recommend admission. It is advised that applicants contact graduate faculty members prior to applying to ensure there is a match between the applicants’ research interests and faculty expertise. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete and the application fee has been paid. If admission is recommended by the ATID graduate faculty, the Graduate School conducts a final review. In the event that the faculty decide against admission, the applicant is notified by letter sent via email.


Financial aid is available through teaching and research assistantships. Graduate students receive a monthly stipend and may be eligible for a tuition reduction or waiver. Assistantship applications are due January 8 with a decision announced by March 15.