Bachelor of Science

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.


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.


  • 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.

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.

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

Steps to Apply


Submit Your Application Online

Apply Online!

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.


Submit Official Collegiate Transcripts

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:

Office of Admissions
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403


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.

You will be enrolled in and receive your degree from the
College of Technology Architecture and Applied Engineering

Learning Outcomes

The following student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students attain as they progress through the Quality Systems [QS] program:

  • Propose and develop strategies to optimize quality systems based on detailed analysis of existing processes, resources and organizational goals.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with the core tools of quality systems including capability analysis, statistical process control, failure mode and effects analysis, root cause analysis, quality planning, designed experiments and measurement system analysis.
  • Apply the core tools of quality systems and seven basic tools of quality to identify opportunities for improvement and solve organizational problems.
  •  Demonstrate knowledge in the basic principles of the Lean Enterprise.
  • Apply the principles of leadership to formulate a vision for an organizations quality function.
  • Assess the effectiveness of a quality system through the use of management auditing techniques and documented auditing program.
  • Apply the methods of Six Sigma to solve organizational problems and exploit opportunities for improvement.
  • Generalize the requirements of National Quality Standards Knowledge and apply the requirements to devising a quality system complaint with the National Standard.
  • Utilize the seven management tools of quality for problem solving and improvement of organizational processes.
  • Devise a comprehensive quality system that is congruent with the needs of the organization and its associated stakeholders.
  • Explain the importance of organizational climate and it’s relation to overall performance and effectiveness of the quality system
  • Develop an organizational continual improvement program using the various tools of quality, lean and Six Sigma.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the financial aspect of cost of quality and quality assurance activities.

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.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

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.