Jun 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Quality Assurance, MS

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-7243 

Program Description

Quality Assurance, improvement, and management are critical in every industry. KSU offers the MSQA program fully online which allows students the opportunity to work full-time while earning their master’s degree. The MSQA program offers an approach to online learning that distinguishes this experience from other online programs. Students experience part of the learning experience through downloadable lectures, PPTs, etc. with voice-overs and part of the instruction is in a live virtual environment with a professor. The virtual classroom provides the same instructor-student experience without having to attend the campus.  All of our instructors are PhD’s with several years of work experience in the field. They can answer questions about theory AND 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. Our student body consists mostly of quality professionals, engineers, managers and directors who share their experience via discussion boards and during the live chat sessions. These working adults come from many industry backgrounds including healthcare, manufacturing, service and government agencies. 

Admission Requirements

The following are requirements beyond the Graduate Admissions  requirements and should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office no later than the published deadline date for the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll.

  • Official transcript to be sent from each college or university attended. 
  • An official copy of scores from the “General Test” of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (150 (450 on old scale) Verbal and 148 (600 on old scale) Quantitative) if applicable, or have attained an aggregate undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or have a minimum of 4 years’ relevant work experience or have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. 
  •  At least two (2) recommendations by former or current supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues,   
  •  A 1 - 2 page Statement of Purpose describing your career and educational goals, and 
  • A current resume. 
  • An undergraduate degree in engineering, engineering technology, computer science, physical science, or other technically oriented major from an accredited college or university. Interested students from other disciplines may be admitted to the program, but may be required to complete additional courses. 
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on the 4.0 scale) or its equivalent. Applicants with a GPA of 2.75 or better may be considered with strong work experience and letters of reference. 

International students should consult the graduate admission website for additional requirements. 

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases 

Applicants with lower scores may be accepted provisionally requiring additional preparatory course work.  This program does not accept non-degreed students. 

Transfer Credit

At this time, there is no policy regarding transfer credits.

Petition to Graduate

Each candidate must petition to graduate online. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .

Program of Study


Up to two of the four elective courses may be taken outside the MSQA program with department approval. These could be 6000 level or above elective courses with SYE or ILEC prefix. For other courses, see your advisor for approval and a course substitution.

Program Total (30 Credit Hours)

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