Master of Technology Management - Quality Systems

The goal of the MTM degree, with a specialization in quality systems [QS], is to provide students with a professional preparation as leaders and managers where they can conduct applied research and participate in technical projects in an online team-based environment. The MTM-QS degree emphasizes lean and six sigma as “high-end” research and analytical methods and as innovative management strategies for professionals from various disciplines. This degree is delivered completely online using the state of the art digital communication technology.

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Our programs are widely recognized for excellence and our students enjoy consistently high job placement rates. MTM-QS graduates typically find positions such as Quality Manager, Quality Engineer, Quality Facilitator, Quality Improvement Manager, Lean Sigma Champion, Green/Black Belt Project Manager, Quality Supervisor, and ISO Quality Manager.

Sample Employers

Chrysler, Dana, Ford, General Motors, Cooper Standard, Emerson, General Electric, Honda, Johns Manville, Pilkington, Owens Illinois, various community colleges.

Graduate Assistantships

Competitive stipends are available for graduate research and teaching assistantships. Applications for assistantships must be completed and submitted to the Engineering Technologies Department in the College of Technology, Architecture & Applied Engineering.

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To earn a Master of Technology Management [MTM - QS] students complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of study and must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. Specific courses that meet the requirements are selected by the student in consultation with the major advisor. Concentration and course courses do not have to be taken in any specific order unless there are prerequisites.

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Program Core (6 hours)

The core courses provide a foundation for the program, and include courses in principles and theories, data analysis and decision making, and research techniques. With the exception of the capstone seminar, the core courses are taken relatively early in the program.

Application of engineering economics principles related to evaluating alternative solutions and replacement and retention decisions. Includes decision and risk analysis, sensitivity analysis, expected value, benefit cost analysis, public sector economics, economic cycle, operation research, strategic management, and entrepreneurship in the technological environment.

Principles and practical concepts essential to managing complex construction projects. Advanced construction project planning, scheduling, control, resource allocation, and earned value analysis using Primavera Project Management software. Quality management, procurement management, and cost-time trade off.

Quality Systems Concentration Courses (15 hours)

This phase is designed to build specific competencies related to the student’s interests and career goals. Courses will be selected with the assistance of a faculty advisor, and may not include more than three 5000 level courses, three independent study courses (TECH 6820, TECH 6840/6850), one workshop, and one internship.


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. Approved for Distance Ed.

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. Approved for Distance Ed.

Fall . A study of instrumentation and control and final control elements with emphasis on direct digital control. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Extra fee.

Fall, Summer (on demand). Integrated computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), including programming, rapid prototyping, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and expedited tooling configuration. Prerequisites: CS 5000 and DESN 5040 or equivalent. Extra fee.

Advanced study of computer integrated manufacturing and of its subsystems in flexible manufacturing applications. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Prerequisites: MFG 4280

Spring. Research and development strategies in technology. Emphasis is placed on preparation of a research or development proposal.

Systematic exploration of a particular aspect of the discipline. May be repeated on approval of the graduate coordinator.

On demand. Systematic study of selected topics and their application to construction management and technology or manufacturing technology. May be repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Graded A/F.

On demand. Supervised study, selected problems, and/or tailored readings related to construction management and technology or manufacturing technology. Proposed program of study must be approved by instructor prior to registration. May be repeated to six credit hours. Graded A/F.

Work and study in business, industry, service, or government agency in a position related to student's intended area of specialization. Student assumes a professional role and pursues solutions to appropriate technical management problems. Placement must be approved by major advisor prior to registration. May be repeated to six hours. A minimum of 520 hours of employment during one semester is required. Graded A/F.

Study of a particular topic in an intensive format. Topics vary. Graded A/F.

Business Operations (6 hours)

The business operations component consists of course work in Statistical Data Analysis and Decision Making, Quality Culture, Renewable Technologies, and other graduate MBA courses selected through advisement by major advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies in Business.


Concepts of data analysis, distribution and probability, variance and inference, data and their uses, and other statistical analysis techniques, with technological and industrial applications.

Fundamental statistical concepts and important statistical techniques will be introduced. Topics to be covered include exploratory data analysis, confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, forecasting, analysis of variance, and contingency tables.


Systematic exploration of a topics in Renewable technologies, such as manufacturing, energy and green products through readings and projects.

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.

Program Synthesis (6 hours)

The synthesis experience is determined based upon a student's choice of Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (major project). The faculty members strongly encourage the students select problems derived from the work place for a thesis or major project. The nature of the synthesis experience under each plan may differ significantly. The thesis develops the candidate's capability for applied technical research. In the major project, the student synthesizes and applies knowledge derived from the program to solve complex human-machine problems, or to analyze and develop prototype mechanisms or systems.

Supervised independent development project or research on a delimited topic in construction management and technology or manufacturing technology. Generation of new knowledge as contrasted with a private reading course. Proposal for directed research must be approved by instructor/major advisor prior to registration. Prerequisite: TECH 6790. Graded S/U.


Credit for thesis study. A student may register for unlimited thesis credits with a maximum of six credits allowable toward degree requirements. Prerequisite: TECH 6790.

Development of a research proposal, under the guidance of a research committee chair in preparation for CTE 6990 or CTE 6900/CTE 6910 or TECH 6990 or TECH 6900/TECH 6910. Generally to include comprehensive literature review, problem formulation, and research methodology. Prerequisite: CTE 6790 or TECH 6790. Graded S/U.

You may enter the program at the beginning of any semester and must have a Bachelor's degree with a major in construction, architecture, engineering, industrial technology or a related academic field. Candidates must meet the Graduate College admission requirements and present an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering
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Updated: 03/22/2018 02:05PM