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Textile Materials Technology (B.S.)


Program Director: Mark Sunderland


The the textile materials technology (TMT) curriculum presents students with distinctive educational opportunities to demonstrate creativity and intellectual curiosity while applying time-tested principles mixed with a dose of cutting-edge innovation. The TMT degree develops a breadth and depth of professional skills that are infused with elements of design, engineering and commerce and are informed by the liberal arts and sciences. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

The TMT program graduates possess the technical and social competence and confidence to succeed in professional practice and advanced education. TMT students will be lifelong learners who will exercise responsible stewardship. 

Graduates of the TMT program will be able to: 

  • Integrate theory with research and practice, and guide creative decision-making in the textile field. 
  •  Effectively communicate to multiple audiences using oral, written, numerical and visual methods.
  •  Establish a set of skills, competencies and attitudes that lead them to be a wise information consumers and self-motivated lifelong learners.
  •  Recognize the societal and environmental impact dominating sustainable practices within the textile industry. 
  •  Analyze how global, societal, political and cultural practices interact and impact the textile field.
  •  Demonstrate experience working with and learning from others in a collaborative environment.


Program Description

The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the TMT courses creates sufficient flexibility to empower students to incorporate inventive solutions into advanced courses taken within one of five concentrations.

1. Sports and High Performance Materials involves the selection, specification and design of equipment and clothing materials for the enhancement of human performance.

2. Product Safety & Materials Evaluation is a natural outgrowth of the research activities of the Textile Engineering faculty at Philadelphia University.

3. The Commerce concentration is designed to collaborate with the School of Business Administration. Students may select courses that focus on international marketing and management or select courses that enable a pre-MBA concentration that leads to the completion of a B.S./MBA in five years of study.

4. Textile Conservation & Forensics evolved through collaboration with the faculty in the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts on course development and research, e.g. forensic chemistry. Utilization of the textile and costume collection at the Design Center along with the museums and conservation laboratories in and around Philadelphia will enable a new focus for research and internships using textiles and related materials.

5. Sustainability allows an in-depth analysis of textile processes that are distinct to the industry and provide students with sufficient depth of knowledge to make informed decisions about the future of textile-related businesses. Students could conceivably double-major with the Environmental Sustainability major offered in the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. Qualified TMT students could complete two graduate-level courses to facilitate a transition into the M.S. Sustainable Design program.

Qualified TMT students could complete two graduate-level courses to facilitate a transition into the M.S. Textile Engineering program.