Graduate Admissions

The Division of Textiles and Clothing offers an excellent, interdisciplinary graduate program that leads to a M.S. degree in Textiles. Students study a wide range of topics related to improving the quality and functionality of fibers, materials, and garments for the end users. Our students also explore the social and cultural aspects of clothing and appearance.

Prospective M.S. Textiles Students

Academic Preparation

Applicants generally hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, in textiles and clothing. However, students who have majored in a related discipline, i.e., in either the social or the physical sciences, with some concentration (6 courses) in textiles and clothing can be considered. The undergraduate preparation for students entering the program should include the following:

  • Textiles and Clothing, six courses (e.g., textile science, textile chemistry, social-psychological aspects, fashion marketing, apparel structure)
  • Written and/or Oral Expression, three courses (English, rhetoric)
  • Statistics, one course
  • Social Sciences, six courses (business, anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology)
  • Natural Sciences, six courses (chemistry, physics, mathematics, biological sciences)


The UC Davis General Catalog contains information about academic requirements, admission requirements, curricula, course descriptions, degrees offered, regulations and requirements for degrees, financial aid, the academic calendar, student activities, and general campus information.

  • Deadlines: Applications open in October and the priority deadline to apply to the Textiles graduate program is January 15, which is also the deadline for University Fellowship applications. For best consideration, please ensure all your application materials are received by the deadline, including letters and transcripts.
  • Applications: Applications to the Master's Program in Textiles must be submitted online through the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies. The statement of purpose, writing sample and letters of recommendation must be submitted via the online application process. No paper copies will be accepted. A CV or resumé are optional.
  • Fellowships: Within the admission application, prospective students are able to apply for UC Davis fellowships. Access to the UC Davis Internal Fellowship section is only available after you have completed and submitted the admission application section. If applying for fellowships, you must also fill out and submit the fellowships application for new students by the fellowship deadline (also January 15).
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters are required. Once you have identified recommenders in your application, they will be sent a secure online submission link. Letters of recommendation will only be accepted via the online system. No paper letters will be accepted.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): ALL applicants are required to take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores must not be more than five (5) years old. Scores must be reported electronically to UC Davis. We strongly recommend that you plan to take your GRE examination no later than October. (GRE Institution Code: 4834)
  • Transcripts: UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details visit
  • Status: Your login to the application system will also allow you to monitor the status of your application once submitted. All inquiries concerning the status of applications for admission should be referred to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Application fee: Application fees for 2014 are $90.00 for domestic applications and $110.00 for international applications.
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS. Scores must not be more than two (2) years old.
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam with a minimum score of 550 for the paper test or 80 for the Internet-based test. Students with TOEFL iBT scores of 104 or below will be required to take an additional ESL examination once they start their graduate program here to determine their level of English ability and whether they would benefit from additional ESL coursework at UC Davis. (TOEFL Institutional code 4834, Department code: 44)
    • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam - as an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) designed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and administered by the British Council worldwide. You are responsible for providing Graduate Studies with an official test report form showing the score you earned on your IELTS examination. Remember to order the TRF when you register to take the test. The minimum band score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is 7 on a 9-point scale.
  • Additional information for International applicants can be found here

Statement of leadership on diversity

Graduate Group in Textiles and Clothing

The graduate Group in Textiles (GTXC) fully supports the University of California’s principle and commitment* to advance diversity and equity by promoting best practices in student admission, major professor matching, and scholarship offering. These include upholding criteria to judge all applicants, guarding against biases in decision making, and treating all candidates respectfully and equally.

GTXC proudly states that our faculty is composed of members with vast diversity in academic background, ethnicity, gender, and age. Female students have always been the majority in our student population.

* The UC Diversity Statement refers diversity as “the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more."