Bachelor of Science in Technology

Quality Systems

Graduates of the quality systems online degree completion program will be qualified for high demand, high paying positions in major industries including manufacturing, healthcare, government, military, education, service operations, retail, engineering, banking, finance and construction. Already have a bachelors degree? Check out our graduate certificate in quality systems.

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The American Society for Quality Reported in December 2015 a median salary of $93,000 for a Quality Manager and $80,000 for a Quality Engineer.

Bachelor of Science - Quality Systems Online

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Advance Your Career

  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Technician
  • Quality Manager, Kaizen Champion
  • Continuous Improvement Leader
  • Lean Enterprise Leader

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

Courses/Cost/Time

  • 10-20 online courses
  • Tuition estimate-$12-24K
  • Finish in 24-36 months
  • Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Benefits

  • Enhance your credentials
  • Advance your professional knowledge
  • Strengthen your management and leadership skills
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills

Community College of the Air Force Associate (CCAF) degrees are fully transferable and through the Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative program you can pay only $250.00 per credit hour!

Program Requirements

Most Ohio regionally accredited, two-year community colleges offer transferable associate degrees for the quality systems major. There is no limit to the number of hours you can transfer to BGSU.  The Quality Systems 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.

Already have a bachelors degree? Check out our graduate certificate in quality systems.

About the Program  

Bachelors of Science in Technology – Degree in Quality Systems

The Quality Systems (QS) major emphasizes quality principles designed to provide professional preparation for emerging leaders while integrating science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM). The QS major, originating in manufacturing, has emerged as an interdisciplinary area of study now being applied in health care, services, construction, government, education, military and retail organizations, among others.

Also known as "2+2 degree completion," the QS major is based on a completed associate degree in STEM-related professional areas for students desiring a BS in Technology degree. Students may complete some hours at locations other than BGSU, based on advisement, and remaining requirements online through BGSU.  All courses are delivered 100% on-line in a 7-week format via BGSU eCampus.

A degree in quality systems prepares individuals for careers in the manufacturing, healthcare, government, military, education, service operations, engineering, banking, finance and construction industries. Quality systems is an expanding field essential to every discipline.  Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Technology majoring in quality systems obtain positions as quality engineers, quality technicians, quality managers, Kaizen Champions, Continuous Improvement Leaders and Lean Enterprise Leaders, among others.

  1. Program Educational Objective 1: The Quality Systems Technology program prepares individuals to be proficient in the areas of quality improvement, process improvement, quality leadership and proficient in application of quantitative and qualitative quality tools within a manufacturing and/or service environment. 
  2. Program Educational Objective 2: The program will prepare graduates to function as an individual, effective team member, and quality professional using oral and written verbal communication skills. 
  3. Program Educational Objective 3: The program will prepare graduates to value their profession and to recognize the global impacts of the quality profession on society.  Graduates will recognize the professional need to continually improve and stay current in their career while executing the duties of a quality professional in an ethical fashion as described by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
  1. Quality System graduates will have an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of quality, mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined quality related problems appropriate to the quality systems discipline.
  2. Quality System graduates will have an ability to design quality management systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs of stakeholders for broadly-defined quality related problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3.   Quality System graduates will have an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4.  Quality System graduates will have an ability to conduct quality assurance related standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to reduce variation and improve processes.
  5. Quality System graduates will have an ability to function effectively as a member, as well as a leader, on technical and project teams.

Course Requirements

QS 3550 Foundations of Lean
Foundations of quality improvement systems applied for variation and waste reduction and productivity enhancement for lean six sigma manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO infrastructure.

QS 3610 Auditing Change Services
Auditing environment for change and improvement, emphasizing technological and cultural issues associated with servicing customers from a lean six sigma supplier perspective in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing circumstances. Audits may include change relationships to energy and sustainability, safety and other areas related to quality. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO 9000 infrastructure.

QS 3710 Six Sigma Systems
Data-based systems for improvement including statistical process control using variable and attribute data, capability measurement analysis, and cost and other data gathering for lean and six sigma manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO 9000 infrastructure.

QS 3800 Lean Six Sigma
An overview of the dynamic relationship of lean and six sigma principles combined. Analysis of core values and tools inherent in lean and six sigma, with a key emphasis on how they have influenced production. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO 9000 infrastructure. Prerequisites: QS 3550 and QS 3710.

QS 4600 Synchronous Quality Planning
Summer. Planning and developing new product platform while doing existing quality responsibilities via mature lean six sigma data and documentation in manufacturing or non-manufacturing environments. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO 9000 infrastructure. Prerequisites: QS 3550, QS 3610, and QS 3710.

QS 4650 Leadership for Lean Six Sigma
Leadership focus around individual tools and techniques as foundation of continuous improvement in the lean and six sigma environment. The scientific application of common lean and six sigma tools will be applied as a transformational and improvement strategy. Team-based project configuring e-portfolio in ISO 9000 infrastructure. Prerequisites: QS 3550, QS 3610, and QS 3710.

QS 4700 Kaizen Project
Lean sigma experience for Kaizen where time, elements of motion and flow, work measurement, machine controlled operations, plant layout, lead time, cellular organization, balancing and leveling are analysed to create value added change of movement or motion in work and reduced variation based on data collected. Capstone project configuring e-portfolio in ISO 9000 infrastructure. Prerequisites: All QS 3000 courses.

This is a transfer friendly program - Thirty-six hours of these applied, technical courses demonstrate a proficiency in a recognized, technical area can be transferred from your previous coursework.

Credit hours are given upon evaluation of previous or current work experience.

  • TECH 3890 (taken Credit by Exam for an $80 fee)
  • TECH 4890T (online course applying learning outcomes of the program)
  • General Studies Writing (GSW 1120)
  • Computer Science Course (CS 1000, 1010 or MIS 2000)
  • Algebra or Statistics (MATH 1120 or 1150)
  • Public Speaking (COMM 1020, 2010, 2050, 2070, or 3060)
  • General Psychology (PSYC 1010)*
  • Minority Groups (cultural diversity general education course)*
  • Technical Writing (ENG 3880 or BA 2030)
  • Two free elective courses

At least one course in each of the following:

  • English Composition and Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy

At least two courses in each domain:

  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Each student enrolled in a baccalaureate program must satisfactorily complete GSW 1120 (Research and Composition II), one course approved for Cultural Diversity in the United States, and one course approved for International Perspectives.

Additional courses from any of the five categories listed above to reach a minimum of 36 credit hours.

$75,881



BGSU Quality Systems graduates average starting salary

100%

of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

Application Requirements

If you have an applied associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution, and have worked for at least one year, you are more than likely eligible for the program. If you do not have an associate's degree, we can work with you to obtain one online through BGSU Firelands or through a local community college. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact ecampus@bgsu.edu.

Steps to Apply

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Note: There is a non-refundable application fee. If for some reason all of your transcripts do not arrive or you decide not to begin for a given semester, another application and fee will be required for the next semester.

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Request official copies of transcripts from every college or university you have attended. The Office of Transfer Evaluation will then evaluate your official transcript for possible credit towards your degree. Official transcripts should be sent directly to:

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eCampus Enrollment Specialist Will Help you Enroll

Approximately one week after the Admissions Office receives your transcripts and application, your application will be processed. You will receive an email from the Admissions office when that is complete.  At that point, you will receive an email from an eCampus enrollment specialist with instructions for registration.

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Student Outcomes:   Bachelors of Science in Technology – Degree in Quality Systems

  1. Quality System graduates will have an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of quality, mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined quality related problems appropriate to the quality systems discipline.
  2. Quality System graduates will have an ability to design quality management systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs of stakeholders for broadly-defined quality related problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3.   Quality System graduates will have an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4.  Quality System graduates will have an ability to conduct quality assurance related standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to reduce variation and improve processes.
  5. Quality System graduates will have an ability to function effectively as a member, as well as a leader, on technical and project teams.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Quality Systems program is in the process of obtaining accreditation by the Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Quality Systems program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Quality Systems program is a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.