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Online Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management

Tarleton State’s online Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management (M.S.) degree emphasizes leadership ability to provide a pathway for students to expand their knowledge, gain marketable job skills, and advance into manufacturing administrative and management positions.

Given the widespread applicability of this master’s program curriculum, quality and engineering management students come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds in technical or non-technical fields, including business, marketing, supply chain, project management, and even criminal justice.

Online Program Format

This degree is designed for working professionals with some experience in the manufacturing industry. The M.S. in Quality and Engineering Management degree is offered 100% online, bringing together the brightest graduate students from across the state of Texas and the country in a flexible and engaging learning environment. Designed to be completed in two years of study, this convenient format allows you to earn your master’s degree without compromising your time or employment.

Program Concentrations and Option for Thesis Track

Students can take classes in two areas of concentration—Project Management and Operations—then choose the thesis or non-thesis track based on a desire to participate in graduate-level research.

Students electing to pursue the thesis option identify a research project that the Graduate Office approves and then defend the thesis before an advisory committee of Tarleton faculty.

What is Quality and Engineering Management?

The field of quality and engineering management focuses on an in-depth study of organizational, technical, and strategic tools commonly used in manufacturing to improve productivity. The application of these tools addresses quality and productivity issues to help manufacturers standardize procedures, measure performance, improve customer satisfaction, and manage resources more efficiently.

The knowledge and skills gained in the online Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management degree can help you transition into the quality and engineering field, advance and take on more responsibility with your current employer, or move into new roles with higher salaries.

Careers in Quality and Engineering Management

Graduates of the quality and engineering master's program are equipped with the manufacturing industry's relevant and in-demand skills highly sought after. This includes quantitative methods and statistics, Six Sigma techniques, supply chain management, productivity measurement, financial risk management, and engineering cost analysis.

With this advanced skill set, you can work in a wide variety of manufacturing fields, such as oil, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceuticals, and HVAC. Given the advanced leadership preparation, you are qualified to step confidently into roles such as:

  • Operations Manager or Chief of Operations
  • Production Supervisor or Engineer
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Global Quality Director
  • Head of Business Excellence
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Manager
  • Product Development and Process Improvement
  • Vice President of Quality

How much does Quality and Engineering Management graduates make?

Reflecting the essential role Quality and Engineering Management graduates step into for their organizations, the average annual salary in the United States for an engineering manager ranges between $122,195 and $153,625.

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What courses will you take in the Quality and Engineering Management master's degree?

The online master’s program offers a unique combination of courses that can be applied to improve the productivity and efficiency of any manufacturing or service system. It focuses on critical areas of knowledge yet is broadly applicable to all manufacturing fields.

The curriculum focuses on quality improvement using tools such as Six Sigma, supply chain management, and project management, all of which are valuable and applicable across a wide variety of industries.

Explore all online M.S. in Quality and Engineering Management required courses.

Thesis and Non-Thesis Required Courses

In addition to the required coursework for all quality and engineering management students, students in the professional non-thesis pathway take six credits of coursework in Financial Risk for Engineering Project Management and Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis. Thesis-track students take a six-credit Master’s Thesis course.

Why study Quality and Engineering Management at Tarleton?

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Work-Life-School Balance

In this master’s program, you can complete online coursework at your own pace. As soon as classes start, you have access to all materials, assignments, deadlines, and some exams, allowing you to establish a schedule that is tailored to your needs. It also supports your ability to continue to work full-time while earning your Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management degree. This is especially helpful as many employers help with the cost of graduate school through tuition reimbursement programs.

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Explore Careers at Recruitment Events

As an online Tarleton graduate student, you can participate in all recruiting activities within the quality and engineering management program, the College of Engineering, and the College of Graduate Studies. This includes job fairs on our Stephenville campus and at businesses throughout the region.

One-on-One Instruction and Mentorship with Experienced Faculty

With professional certifications, Tarleton State University’s expert faculty members have extensive teaching, research, and professional experience working and leading in the industry, including leadership and technical roles with APICS in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and managerial positions with Lockheed Martin.

Our faculty have access to leading-edge technology to design and deliver efficient and impactful online coursework, including industry-best software like SAP. They bring unique approaches and perspectives to the online classroom, such as using games to teach concepts and creating an engaging applied learning environment.

They are dedicated to student success and offer M.S. in Quality and Engineering Management students extensive guidance, mentorship, and academic and professional support. They are ready and available to help all of Tarleton’s online master’s students achieve their academic and professional goals.

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State-of-the-Art Engineering Building

Tarleton’s 98,000-square-foot engineering facility on the Stephenville campus houses complementary programs from the College of Engineering. Online Quality and Engineering Management students visiting campus have access to its cutting-edge work and study areas, as well as innovative classroom and laboratory facilities.

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Six Sigma Certification

Gain proficiency and expertise in the Six Sigma body of knowledge through several courses built into the online curriculum. After completing course requirements, you are eligible to receive a certificate of course completion that you may use to demonstrate your abilities to your current employer, help you get a better job, and assist you in qualifying for professional certification exams.

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Student Professional Organizations

Students in the online M.S. in Quality and Engineering Management master’s degree have the opportunity to enrich their graduate education experience by joining professional organizations, such as: 

  • The American Society for Quality
  • The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
  • Tarleton Society of Engineering Technology
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Society of Plastics Engineers
  • APICS 

Membership provides access to educational opportunities, industry publications, networking opportunities, and more.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The online M.S. in Quality and Engineering Management degree is a competitively priced program compared to similar schools and engineering colleges, offering a high-quality and affordable advanced degree. 

Students may be eligible for graduate student scholarships and paid graduate assistantship positions. Applicants can complete the Common Application to be considered for all Tarleton scholarships and financial aid opportunities.


Tarleton’s Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

What Tarleton master's degrees are related to Quality and Engineering Management?

In addition to the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tarleton offers related graduate programs in mathematics and other engineering disciplines.

Earn your master's in Quality and Engineering Management online through Tarleton State!

Tarleton State University’s online Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management degree builds advanced leadership ability for students to be able to progress their career in management roles across all sectors of the manufacturing industry.

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