Quality Engineering and Management
Graduate work leading to a Master of Science degree in quality engineering and management is offered by the College of Engineering. The objective of the program is to develop quality and management professionals who can plan, coordinate, design, implement, and control the quality function in manufacturing and service companies in order to increase productivity, optimize resources, decrease waste, and improve product quality. Course offerings and research are available in the areas of quality assurance, six sigma, lean manufacturing, project management, and reliability. The program provides advanced education for students with baccalaureate degrees in engineering, engineering technology, technology, and also an excellent continuing education opportunity for individuals with technical degrees who wish to expand their education in the area of quality and management systems.
Industrial Management and Applied Engineering (IMAE) students with senior standing and a GPA of 3.5 will be permitted to take up to nine hours of graduate credit in Fall and Spring semesters. By doing so, students then pursuing their Master’s degree in Quality Engineering and Management (QEM) after completing their Bachelor’s degree in IMAE will have these graduate credits transferred to the QEM degree. This will allow the student to complete the degree requirements in about a year. Students must complete a Graduate School application and work with the graduate advisor on a program of study. Nine credit hours will be allowed to double count toward the undergraduate degree and the Master’s degree. The accelerated master’s program allows students who have advanced degree aspirations the ability to save money by completing their studies quicker and to enter the job market sooner.
The Quality Engineering and Management accelerated program with the non-thesis option requires satisfactory completion of twelve hours in core courses: QEM 510, QEM 525, QEM 530 and QEM 540 and eighteen hours of elective graduate credit, which may include up to nine IMAE credit hours at the 400-level taken as an undergraduate.
The Quality Engineering and Management accelerated program with the thesis option requires satisfactory completion of twelve hours in core courses: QEM 510, QEM 525, QEM 530, and QEM 540, six hours of thesis and twelve hours of elective graduate credit, which may include up to nine IMAE credit hours at the 400-level taken as an undergraduate.
Candidates for this program must be accepted by the Graduate School and the School of Applied Engineering and Technology. Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in a technical area and have a GPA of no less than 3.0/4.0. A student whose undergraduate training is deficient may be required to take additional courses to compensate for deficiencies identified by the technology graduate program committee.
This program requires a nonrefundable $65 application fee that must be submitted with the application for admission to graduate study in quality engineering and management. Applicants must pay this fee by credit card.
Graduate students who have been admitted into the Quality Engineering and Management master's program must complete a total of 30 semester hours of graduate-level credit of which 15 hours must be at the 500 level.
Within the 30 semester hour requirement, students must complete the following four core courses:
- QEM 510-3 Quality Assurance
- QEM 525-3 Six Sigma Black Belt II
- QEM 530-3 Lean Manufacturing II
- QEM 540-3 Reliability Analysis
The remainder of the 30 semester-hours must consist of at least 18 credit hours of QEM and/or IMAE graduate elective courses as specified in the student’s program of study. Elective courses in QEM are:
- QEM 535-3 Service Quality
- QEM 545-3 Project Management II
- QEM 550-3 Project Leadership
- QEM 555-3 Human Safety and Risk Management
- QEM 565-3 Management of Information Technology Resources
- QEM 570-3 Energy Management and Conservation
Students not meeting specific requirements for the above core courses will be required to complete the following list of courses. These specific 400-level courses will count toward meeting the 30 semester hour acceptable graduate credit requirement:
- IMAE 450-3 Project Management
- IMAE 465-3 Lean Manufacturing
- IMAE 470A-3 Six Sigma Green Belt
- IMAE 470B-3 Six Sigma Green Belt II
- QEM 515-3 Six Sigma Black Belt
*Note: IMAE courses taken for undergraduate credit cannot be applied towards graduate credit hours, unless the student has been accepted into the accelerated program.
In the thesis option a program of study including the above required courses (12 semester hours), the master’s thesis (six semester hours), and the remaining 12 semester hours will be selected by the graduate adviser and the student.
Teaching or research assistantships and fellowships are available for qualified applicants. Additional information about programs, courses, assistantships, and fellowships may be obtained from the College of Engineering or from the chair of the department.