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Graduate Certification Program: Quality Systems

This graduate certificate program is designed to provide graduate students and professionals working in industry and business with focused course work leading to improvement in the quality of products and services to help companies become more competitive in the global market. This certificate program requires 18 semester hours of course work.


The admission requirement is the same as regular degree seeking graduate students. That is, a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of graded academic course work is required.

Applying for Admission to the Certificate Program

If you are a new student pursuing only the certificate program, use the standard admission application for graduate study to apply for the certificate program. In the area of study, please indicate the name of the certificate for which you are applying. Then, contact the graduate coordinator to schedule an admission meeting.

If you have been already admitted to the Master of Science in Technology degree program, use a Change of Status Form to add the certificate program to your graduate studies. The form is available from The Graduate School, and should be forwarded to the The Graduate School.

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Graduation with the Certificate

During your last semester, you will follow the same graduation procedure as any other graduate degree. In other words, you need to apply for graduation at the beginning of each semester according to deadlines set by The Graduate School.

You also need to inform the graduate coordinator about your plan to graduate with the certificate. E-mail your final study plan to the graduate coordinator at the beginning of your graduating semester. A study plan lists all the courses to be applied to the certificate program, including department prefix, course number, title, semester, grade and instructor. Please indicate your E-Number and full name on your study plan.

If you graduate with a Master of Science in Technology degree plus a certificate, you will need one graduation application for each program.


Required Core Courses (12 Semester Hours)

AET 4843 - Statistical Quality Assurance

TEC 5103 - Science and Technology of Leadership

TEC 5133 - Total Quality Systems

TEC 5243 - Design for Quality

Electives (6 Semester hours from the following list)

AET 4943 - Manufacturing Management

OPD 4850 - Quality Processes in the Workplace

TEC 5123 - Industrial Productivity Analysis

TEC 5970 - Special Topics in Technology: Materials Testing and Inspection

TEC 5970 - Special Topics in Technology: Problem Solving for Manufacturing

TEC 5970 - Special Topics in Technology: ISO 9000

TEC 5970 - Special Topics in Technology: Reliability Engineering

 Other special topics OPD4850/AET4970/TEC5970 courses as approved by the academic advisor.