Offering a Master of Science in Quality Assurance
Southern Polytechnic State University has been offering its Master of Science in Quality Assurance Degree since 1992. In 1997, SPSU began offering the same graduate level college degree online using distance learning technology. In 2005, the program converted to 100% online delivery. Many students from around the world have earned a graduate degree from our nationally recognized program using the computer in their home or office.
The Masters Program in Quality Assurance is offered by the Industrial Engineering Technology Department in order to meet an established need in both manufacturing and service industries. The program focuses on total quality management and on analytical methods such as statistics, process, analysis, and problem solving techniques. A primary objective of the degree is to provide graduate level study opportunity to individuals who are currently practicing in the quality and related fields so that they may be aware of recent advances and modern practice.
Our courses deal with Quality topics in depth, stressing theory and the assumptions behind the techniques. That is what separates our education approach from certification training seminars. Our graduates know the details behind techniques, allowing them to know what to do when assumptions are violated (which happens a lot in the real world), and helping them to evaluate the relative merits of "new" quality tools. A lot of what is touted as new is just a repackaging of tried and true methods, with maybe a novel twist.
Admission Requirements for MSQA:
At least a 2.75 (on the 4.00 scale) undergraduate grade point average
An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in: Engineering, Engineering Technology, Business, Social Science, Physical Sciences or Education. Other technical and non-technical majors may be acceptable
Admissions Procedure for MSQA:
Applicants for admission to the Master of Science Program with a major in Quality Assurance must submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Office in accordance with the deadlines outlined on the Graduate Admissions Web site.
• An application for admission to the program
• One official transcript from each college the applicant has attended
• A certificate of immunization (distance learning waiver section signed)
• A statement of purpose in seeking this degree
• At least three recommendation forms which have been completed by former or current supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues
International students should refer to the International Students sub-section for additional admission requirements.
Thomas R. Ball Interim Department Chair
Ruston M. Hunt Professor and Dean of Extended University
Kenneth W. Jackson Associate Professor
Christina R. Scherrer Associate Professor
William Bailey Part Time Faculty
Helen Bush Part Time Faculty
Sandra Furterer Part Time Faculty
Heather Lawder Part Time Faculty
Gamze Tokol-Goldsman Part Time Faculty