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Quality Systems

The 100% online bachelor’s degree program in quality systems at BGSU is a degree-completion program. You can apply to the program if you have an associate’s degree (it does not have to be a STEM degree), previous industry experience or quality certifications.

Our seven-week, online courses teach you how to leverage technology to improve an organization and its services and products.

Your degree will prepare you for high-demand, high-paying roles in the quality profession, including as a quality manager or quality engineer.

You may be able to complete some general education courses or other required coursework at a local community college and transfer credits to BGSU. Be sure to work with an advisor if you’d like to pursue this option.

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Why study quality systems at BGSU?

  • Maximum flexibility. 100% online courses let you work at your own pace, around your schedule.
  • Team-based approach. Work on projects as a team, similar to how quality improvement professionals work in the real world. Our courses emphasize applied research.
  • Turn your experience into college credit. You can obtain college credit for quality-related certifications or quality-related industry experience. Reach out to an advisor for more details.
  • Expand career opportunities. Your bachelor’s degree in quality systems will open doors to new career paths, knowledge and skills.
  • Accredited program. The BGSU quality systems bachelor’s degree program is accredited through ABET. It meets quality standards and covers the necessary content for students to succeed in the quality engineering field.

$114,500  Median salary for quality manager

Career - what can you do with a quality systems degree?

One of the rewards of working as a quality professional is that you are not limited to a single industry or segment. The QS major originated in manufacturing. But it’s now a field essential to every discipline and is being applied in healthcare, government, military, education, service operations, retail, engineering, banking, finance and construction.  

Quality professionals help their organizations transform, grow and continually improve organizational processes. Graduates of our quality systems bachelor’s degree program are well positioned to implement and lead projects.

Combined with job experience, graduates often pursue various ASQ certifications such as Certified Quality Engineer, Manager Quality and Organizational Excellence, Quality Technician, or Six Sigma Green and Black Belt.

Career paths

  • Quality engineer
  • Quality technician
  • Quality manager, Kaizen Champion
  • Continuous improvement leader
  • Lean Enterprise leader


Quality systems majors take coursework that integrates science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Our seven-week, online courses cover topics such as:

  • Quality basics
  • Quality tools
  • Lean
  • Six Sigma
  • Quantitative tools for quality
  • Quality auditing
  • Quality leadership

All working students complete a course called Experiential Learning, in which you are awarded three credits for your industry experience.

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Quality Auditing
  • Quality Planning
  • Lean Systems for Manufacturing and Service App
  • Quantitative Tools for Quality and Continuous Improvement
  • Project Management in Technological Settings
  • Six Sigma Systems
  • Business Communication 
  • Core Tools of Quality Systems 
  • Capstone in Quality Systems

How your credits transfer

The quality systems program is transfer-friendly. Most Ohio regionally accredited, two-year community colleges offer transferable associate degrees. 

We also consider prior learning experience and may award you college credit for quality-related industry experience or certifications. Speak with an advisor about this option.

The program requires 124 hours of the appropriate coursework to graduate. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken from BGSU and 40 credit hours of 3000/4000 level courses are required.

Thirty-six hours of applied, technical courses demonstrating proficiency in a recognized, technical area can be transferred from your previous undergraduate-level coursework.

Quality Matters LogoBGSU is the only university in Ohio and one of just ten in the nation to earn the BGSU is the only university in Ohio and one of just nine in the nation to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate for all of our seven-week online programs. The certificate recognizes that our programs provide the critical services needed for student success and that we use student feedback to continuously improve those services.

Updated: 02/09/2024 08:42AM