The department participates in the Ph.D. degree program awarded from the College of Human Ecology with a specialization in Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design. The degree is designed to enable students to combine knowledge of apparel and textiles with an understanding of its application to a broader human perspective. The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree—including 60 hours of course work and 30 hours of dissertation research. A master’s degree is required and up to 30 hours from the student’s Master’s degree may be applied toward the course work requirement. A program of study will be individually planned to capitalize on the interests, goals, and disciplinary backgrounds of the student and faculty. A preliminary written examination and oral defense are required upon completing two-thirds of the program of study. A dissertation and oral defense of the dissertation are required.
Students interested in qualitative research will enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours of qualitative methods. These hours are in addition to the required 3 hours of research methods and 6 hours of statistics. Course options include:
Substitute Course Policy for Research Methods and Statistics
Ph.D. students in Apparel and Textiles may not substitute a research methods course taken as part of a master’s degree. Ph.D. students may substitute up to 3 credit hours of statistics from the master’s degree.