May 23, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Quality Management [M.S.]

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


After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

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 111 Sill Hall, 734.487.2040

Philip Rufe, Interim Director

Advisor Information

Herman Tang, PhDAssociate Professor, 111 Sill Hall, 734.487.2040

Degree Requirements: 30-36 hours

This degree program requires the completion of 30-36 hours of coursework. 

To graduate, students must have an overall 3.2 GPA.​ The GPA requirement is waived for students following the completion of additional coursework as follows.

  1. If the cumulative GPA is between 3.1 and  3.2, a student must take one additional course and earn a “B+” or higher.
  2. If the cumulative GPA is between 3.0 and 3.1, a student must take two additional courses and earn a “B+” or higher in both courses.

This waiver is not available for students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0. Once a student’s cumulative GPA exceeds 3.0, they must complete additional coursework to qualify for the waiver as outlined above. Students should discuss options with their graduate advisor.

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. In consultation with 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

A candidate completes an original research under the supervision of a guidance (thesis) committee. This research must be suitable for publication, written in a form acceptable to the Graduate School and defended in an oral examination.

  • 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. In consultation with their advisor, a student may apply up to 3 credit hours of coursework from another graduate program.

Quality Management Electives:

Critical Graduation Information

Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.