Master of Technology Management in Quality Systems


Quality Systems

Bowling Green State University’s Master of Technology Management (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.

Admission Requirements

Admission occurs each semester, requiring a Bachelor’s degree with a major in a quality-related discipline embodying technical and/or analytical attributes. Past students have come from engineering, business, computer science, statistics, biology, chemistry, health professions, among other fields. Candidates must meet Graduate College requirements and have an undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Foreign students must establish English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or equivalent English test.

Outstanding Job Placement

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, ISO Quality Manager.

Program's Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of study and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Coursework consists of: (1) program core, (2) quality systems concentration, (3) synthesis. Students consult with their graduate advisor to select courses, most which are on-line (all QS courses are online).

Here is the downloadable PDF of the Quality Systems Degree Requirements Flowchart

MTM Core Courses (9 hours)

TECH 6030 - Data Analysis and Decision Making
Concepts of data analysis, distribution and probability, variance and inference, data and their uses, and other statistical analysis techniques, with technological and industrial applications.

IDT 6030 - Data Analysis and Decision Making
Concepts of data analysis, distribution and probability, variance, and inference, data and their uses, and other statistical analysis techniques, with learning design applications in both business and education.  Graded A/F.  Approved for Distance Education.

STAT 6010 - Statistics for Managerial Decisions
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. Credit not applicable toward the M.S. in Applied Statistics. Extra Fee. Approved for distance education.

This course develops a foundation for successful completion of a technical project. The course covers a wide range of fundamental concepts related to project management such as project management framework, project management process, project life cycle, and the ten knowledge areas of project management including integration management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resource management, communication management, risk management, procurement management, and stakeholder management. Approved for distance education.

TECH 6790 - Research and Development in Technology
Research and development strategies in technology. Emphasis is placed on preparation of a research or development proposal.

IDT 6790 - Research in Learning Design
Fall, Spring. Identification of problem areas and specific problems in learning design. Within current theories, research design and techniques, individual student problems are defined and developed.  Graded A/F.  Approved for distance education.

Synthesis Courses (3-6 hours) - Either Plan I or Plan II or Plan III

Plan I: Thesis Track
The thesis option is a major project of original research, conducted under the supervision of the student’s major advisor. Students electing this option must register for no fewer than six credit hours of thesis research as part of their degree program.

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.

Plan II: Non-Thesis Track Project

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.

Plan III: Non-Thesis Track Capstone
Students choosing this option will conduct an applied project with a company to address a real world problem using skills learned from various program courses. The students will write a project report and present the findings.

A comprehensive or synthesis course that integrates all aspects of the technology management process. Students will combine concepts and skills from prior masters of technology coursework, problem solving techniques, published works, and industry sources to successfully complete a term-length Project-based Learning Assignment(s) (PLA). Completion the PLA will required that the student draw from knowledge gained from courses taken during their graduate education, problem solving techniques, published work, and industry sources. Approved for distance education.

MTM-QS Program Electives (15-18 hours)

Or select any other 5000 or 6000 level course with advisor approval

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, TECH 6040 or equivalent. Extra fee.

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.

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

Spring or on-demand. A practical approach to the foundation of robotics and automation with applications to the operation and programming of industrial robotics systems used in manufacturing industries. Prerequisite: Fundamental knowledge in a programming language, or permission from instructor.

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.

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


  1. Thesis - A formal exposition advancing a new point of view resulting from research. A MTM thesis shall be compliant with the guidelines and requirements defined in the BGSU Thesis and Dissertation Handbook and the requirements of the program, school and College of Technology and Applied Engineering.
  2. Project - A formal exposition conveying information learned through reading and/or experimentation. The BGSU thesis requirements guide the MTM project requirements but does not require a submission to the Graduate College following the departmental graduate faculty approval.
  3. At least 18 credit hours of 6000 or higher-level courses must be taken.
  4. No more than three independent study courses (TECH 6800/6820/6830/6840/6850 /6940/6950) and one internship (TECH 6880/6890) can be applied to this MTM program.
  5. MTM core and a number of the elective courses have been approved for distance learning.
  6. Quality Systems students selecting the project track must take TECH 6905 prior to TECH 6910. Both courses must be taken in the project track.

Updated: 01/05/2024 01:20PM