Specialization in Quality Systems | Kent State University

The Master of Technology specialization in Quality Systems option allows students to take advanced courses in quality improvement, reliability, and technology management. The program prepares students to be successful and to advance within various engineering- and technology-related careers in business, government, and industry.

The option presents Quality Systems as the means by which an organization manages the quality aspects involved with planning, developing, implementing, and assessing products and processes.

The Quality Systems program provides a combination of courses emphasizing knowledge, skills, and practical experience associated with various aspects of quality management, including procedures and practices associated with quality assurance, quality control,  product improvement, process control, quality standards, reliability, inspection, and Total Quality Management.

This option is especially valuable for individuals currently working in business and industry  positions who are looking to further their education and enhance their careers.

Program Requirements

Master of Technology students specializing in Quality Systems are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of course work as indicated below:

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Quality Systems Technology Courses

A minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework should be taken from the following list:

  • TECH 50000 - Quality Standards
  • TECH 53800 - Applied Engineering Technology Seminar
  • TECH 60003 - Six-Sigma: Tools and Applications for Technology Management
  • TECH 63050 - TRIZ-Theory of Inventive Problem Solving
  • TECH 63870 - Facility Design and Material Handling
  • TECH 65400 - Evaluating Quality Systems Through Process Control
  • TECH 65500 - Quality Systems and Industrial Productivity
  • TECH 65550 - Design and Analysis of Experiments in Technology
  • TECH 65700 - Applied Reliability Engineering
  • TECH 65800 - Burn-In/Stress Testing for Reliability

Required Courses

All graduate students are required to complete four core courses in the Master of Technology degree program.

Additional Program Requirements/Limitations

  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours in 60000-level or above coursework is required.
  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of coursework must be taken in AERN, CMGT or TECH courses.
  • A maximum of 4 credit hours of Workshop coursework may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.
  • A maximum of 9 credit hours in Technology Individual Investigation coursework may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.
  • A maximum of 12 semester credit hours may be accepted as transfer credits and applied toward degree requirements.
  • A total of 6 credits for thesis (TECH 61199: Thesis I) will be counted if the thesis option is chosen.

Students are required to select the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option, recommended for students interested in research and development, allows students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of a narrowly-defined technical area of interest. The non-thesis option is suggested for students who seek a more general curriculum of advanced technical coursework. Those students who choose the thesis option must successfully complete TECH 61199 - Thesis 1 for a total of 6 credit hours.