PhD in Human Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Textile and Apparel Management

Degree Requirements

The degree requires a minimum of 78 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, with at least 15 credit hours at the 8000 level or above exclusive of research, problems and independent study.  It is expected that students will have a minimum of 9 credits in Research/Qualitative/Quantitative methods, of which 3 credits will be Research Methods and 3 credits will be Statistics.  Students are required to take T_A_M 8087 Seminar in Clothing and Textiles and T_A_M 9190 Theory Development and Evaluation in Textile and Apparel Research.

Core Course Requirements

Textile and Apparel Management (focused group of courses)minimum of 9 credit hours
Research Methods/Statisticsminimum of 9 credit hours
Supporting area (for broadening the theoretical base for the research project)miminim 9 credit hours
T_A_M 9090Research in Textiles and Apparel Management (including pre-proposal, proposal, job market research, and defense presentations)minimum 12 credit hours
Coursework from Master's degreemaximum 30 credit hours

Application Deadlines

Fall deadline: February 1 (January 15 for early financial support considerations)
Spring deadline: September 1

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in textile and apparel management or related field. Those with unrelated majors will need to do make-up work
  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
79 550
  •  Recommended Minimum GRE scores:
When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 500/500 160
On or After August 1, 2011 153/144 3.0

Required Application Materials

To the Graduate School:

  • All required Graduate School documents
  • Statement of professional objectives (upload to application)
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcripts from every college or university you have attended
  • Your official GRE scores (sent directly from the Educational Testing Service).  
  • Latest vitae or résumé
  • A 2-minute video to show about who you are, why you want to pursue graduate degress, and what your career goals are
  • TOEFL scores or IELTS scores if international student 
  • A digital design portfolio if pursuing design research
  • Writing samples optional

Financial Aid from the Program

Some programs require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellowships or other funding packages. Check the program Web site or ask the program contact for details.

Admission Contact Information
Leona Nichols (
137 Stanley Hall; Columbia, MO 65211