Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design: Textile History With Emphasis In Quilt Studies
M.A., Certificate Degree: Graduate Certificate Degree: Masters Program Type: Blended Interest: Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

Explore quilts and quiltmaking traditions within the context of artistic and social values of a time or place, as well as through the development of art and technology.

UNL is an international leader in this field with our renowned International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM) and its collection of nearly 4,000 quilts spanning five centuries and representing quiltmaking traditions around the world.

Graduate Certificate

The certificate program allows graduate and post-baccalaureate students to gain scholarly credentials in quilt studies and is appropriate for curators, collection managers, appraisers, collectors and educators.

  • Open to graduate students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at UNL.
  • Available as a stand-alone (non-degree) post-baccalaureate certificate.

Master's Degree

Offered through a combination of distance technology and on-campus instruction.

  • You'll be required to come to the Lincoln campus for 1 semester (January-May) and for the internship presentation and final oral examination at the conclusion of the program.
  • The semester on campus includes supervised hands-on experience in both collections and labs.

In consultation with a faculty adviser, you'll plan an individualized course of study linking your interests and background with the research and/or creative interests of faculty and educational resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Tuition & Fees For Quilt Studies


Certificate Application Instructions:

  • Check the box for Non-Degree, Graduate Certificate Objective
  • Select Graduate Certificate in Quilt Studies from the drop down selection

Graduate Certificate:
Application & Admission

Master's Degree Application Instructions:

Review instructions and deadlines and start your application for the master's degree option.

Master's Degree: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

Graduate Certificate (12 credit hours)

  • Core Courses (9 credit hours)
  • Elective chosen in consultation with your advisor (3 credit hours)
    • may be completed completely online, OR
    • complete the final remaining 3 credit hours during a one-week summer session on the UNL campus

Master's Degree

  • non-thesis degree option
  • 36-credit hour program

Courses may be completed on a non-degree basis for personal or professional enrichment or as part of the 30- or 36-hour degree programs.

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Transfer Credit for Master's Degree in Quilt Studies

Up to 9 graduate credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution in the field of textiles, clothing and design or in a supporting field such as history, art history or museum studies. 

NOTE: Transfer credits are not accepted for the Quilt Studies Certificate program.

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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