Quality Systems Certificate

Created at BGSU in response to demands from quality professionals, the quality systems graduate certificate (QSGC) reflects the American Society for Quality continuous improvement mission based on disciplined analysis of systems in various technical and non-technical environments. This prepares professionals in quality systems in organizations via quality engineering, services, management, training and others.

Gainful Employment Opportunities 
Students who participate in this Certificate program will be certified for employment in various occupations. Learn more about program costs as well as employment opportunities that students may pursue upon graduation.

Process analysis for reduction in variation of product and providing high quality consistently with no defects, is the goal. This includes preparation for management and facilitation of lean, six sigma, ISO/QS 9000 standards registration and maintenance functions and new product launch changes for advanced product quality planning (APQP).


  • Students that are interested in addressing emerging and changing markets or would like to work on portfolio assessment of learner outcomes and other programmatic quality indicators.

  • Students that are interested in building graduate and undergraduate relationships, generic interdisciplinary, service orientation, and non-geographically bound.
  • The Quality Systems Graduate Certificate serves various learners, particularly non- traditional, full-time working professionals from various locations.



All work done in quality systems courses is team-based in a project context similar to how quality improvement is pursued in actual professional functions. The curriculum is also designed to facilitate project based course work via an applied research emphasis. All courses are taken 100% online.

Core Courses (12 hours)

Planning and developing new product, while doing existing quality responsibilities via mature data and documentation. Culminates in designed experiment, reliability improvements, or other manufacturing or non-manufacturing change plans. Team-based project configuring portfolio based on ISO/QS 9000 rubrics. Prerequisites: QS 326, QS 327, QS 426, or consent of instructor.

Assessment and application of quality driven change process, emphasizing technological and cultural issues associated with servicing customers from a supplier perspective in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing circumstances. Team-based project configuring portfolio based on ISO/QS 9000 rubrics.

Data-based quality systems for improvement including statistical process control using variable and attribute data, capability indices and gage analysis, data gathering systems for variation reduction in manufacturing and non-manufacturing. Team-based project configuring portfolio based on ISO/QS 9000 rubrics and six sigma systems.

Lean systems based improvement, process quality and variation reduction through documentation systems analysis and design in manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments. Team-based project configuring portfolio based on ISO/QS 9000 and lean systems elements.

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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.

Have two official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and your GRE scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE and TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

Students must also submit three letters of recommendation. Contact the program advisor for more information.