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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Quality Management [M.S.]

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Revised Program [Fall 2021]

This fully online Master of Science in Quality Management program is tailored to busy professionals’ needs, including military personnel, by offering the “anywhere, anytime” convenience of online graduate education. International applicants can also apply to the master’s program and complete the degree without coming to the USA.

Our diverse students come from a variety of academic backgrounds and business sectors. It is appropriate for technically-focused individuals who have previously pursued a four-year degree in technology, engineering, business, services, or science. The program meets the needs of technical professionals looking for both an advanced degree and appropriate preparation for their natural progression into higher management-level positions. It also meets the needs of professionals who are on a technical rather than a managerial career track, as it will help them to be more effective in a team-based environment and attain professional certifications in the specialty areas of quality. This program has two tracks: coursework only and research projects.

A student with ASQ (American Society for Quality) or equivalent professional certifications is eligible to apply for a waiver of degree requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours toward their master’s degree. See advisor for details.

This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.


This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Program Admission

Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

School Information

Engineering Philip Rufe, Interim Director | 111 Sill Hall, 734.487.2040, prufe@emich.edu​

Advisor Information

Herman Tang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, 111 Sill Hall, 734.487.2040, htang2@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 30-36 hours

The M.S. program in Quality Management requires the completion of 30-36 hours of course work. In order to graduate, students must have an overall 3.2 GPA.​

Program of Study Options: 15-21 hours

Choose one option from the following. Advisor permission is required before selecting options II or III.

Option I - Coursework: 21 hours

Choose a minimum of twenty-one hours from the list of Quality Management Electives. With permission from their advisor, a student may apply up to six credit hours of coursework from other graduate programs.

Option II – Research Project: 15 hours

Option III – Thesis: 15 hours

  • Required Courses: 9 hours

  • 3 hrs
  • 3 hrs
  • Note - Students will take QUAL 692 twice for a total of six hours over two semesters.


    Restricted Electives: 6 hours

    Choose a minimum of six credit hours from the list of Quality Management Electives. With permission from their advisor, a student may apply up to 3 credit hours of coursework from another graduate program.

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