Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

Quality Assurance

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.

The Faculty:

Thomas R. Ball 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

Sandra Furterer Part Time Faculty

Diala Gammoh Part Time Faculty

Gamze Tokol-Goldsman Part Time Faculty

Ethling Hernandez Part Time Faculty

Degree Requirements for the Master of Science program in Quality Assurance

Required Core Courses (Six Courses)

QA 6602

Total Quality


QA 6610

Statistics for Quality Assurance


QA 6611

Statistical Process Control


QA 6613

Linear Regression Analysis


QA 6650

Quality Systems Design


QA 7403

Graduate Seminar


SYE 6010

Project Management






Total Required Hours


Elective Courses (Students choose 5 courses)

QA 6600

Methods of Analysis


QA 6612

Design of Experiments


QA 6615

Applied Systems Reliability


QA 6620

Inspection Systems Design


QA 6640

Quality Cost & Supplier Evaluation


QA 6660

Six Sigma Black Belt Concepts


QA 6712

Quality Systems Simulation


QA 6722

Human Factors in Quality Assurance


QA 6725

Quality Assessment-Organization


QA 6763

Software Quality






Total Elective Hours






Total Degree Program Hours



1. A grade of "C" or better is required for each course.

2. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to be in good standing. Should a student drop below the minimum level of 3.0 for any semester, the student is placed on academic probation. A student whose cumulative grade point average remains below 3.0 for two or more consecutive terms of enrollment, but whose term average is 3.0 or higher, may continue enrollment on probation. However, if a student on probation fails to achieve a term grade point average of at least 3.00 the student will be placed on dismissal.

In all graduate programs, a minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. is required. No grades below 'C' may be applied to a graduate program's requirements, and a maximum of 2 'C' grades at the level of 6000 or above may be applied to a graduate program's requirements.

Students with an insufficient undergraduate statistics background may be asked to complete QA 5000, Statistical Concepts in Quality Assurance before beginning the statistical requirements.