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M.S. in Quality Engineering and Management


The program aims to develop quality and management professionals who can plan, coordinate, design, implement, and control the quality function in manufacturing and service companies to increase productivity, optimize resources, decrease waste, and improve product quality.

Course offerings and research are available in quality assurance, six sigma, lean manufacturing, project management, and reliability.

Graduates of the program are very successful and often are promoted to upper management positions within their companies.

Program Requirements

Candidates for this program must be accepted by the Graduate School and the Department of Technology. The online M.S. in Quality Engineering and Management program requires a bachelor’s degree with a major in a technical area and a GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Conditional admission is possible for candidates with a lower GPA.

Thesis/Non-thesis Curricular Options

The program has thesis and non-thesis curricular options. For the non-thesis option, graduate students must complete a total of 30 semester hours of graduate-level credit of which 15 hours must be at the 500 level. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of acceptable graduate credit and includes 12 semester hours of quality engineering and management core courses, 12 semester hours of approved elective courses, and the completion of a master’s thesis, consisting of 6 semester hours of thesis (QEM 599) credit.

Online Degree

The online M.S. in QEM provides excellent preparation for graduates who pursue careers in technical disciplines such as lean manufacturing, project management, Six Sigma, and reliability. Throughout the program, students are trained in the use of technical tools and methodologies that will equip them with the necessary skills to drive continuous improvement within the organizations they are employed with. Due to the broad nature of the curriculum, our graduates are successfully employed in a wide variety of sectors from manufacturing to service to healthcare.

Accelerated Masters

Our Accelerated Master’s program allows our top students to complete the Quality Engineering and Management (QEM) program in about a year. IMAE students with senior standing and a GPA of 3.5 are eligible for the Accelerated Master's program.

Students pursuing their Master’s degree in QEM after completing their Bachelor’s degree in IMAE will be able to apply up to 9 hours of approved IMAE coursework towards the QEM degree.

Six Sigma

At the core of the QEM is Six Sigma, a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. By incorporating Six Sigma into our program, our graduates lead the process of improving the quality of the final products by finding and removing the causes of errors and reducing variance in manufacturing processes.

Registered Student Organizations

American Society for Quality (now, ASQ Global) is the world's leading membership organization devoted to quality. ASQ at SIUC is a student chapter for ASQ’s St. Louis Region. The objective as a professional association is to advance learning in the areas of quality improvement, exchange knowledge with experts in the area, and to share ideas with industry peers.


Teaching or research assistantships and fellowships are available for qualified applicants. Several other means of financial assistance are available through the Graduate School and can be accessed from the SIU Graduate School webpage.

Student loans and student work opportunities are also available for graduate students through SIU's Office of Financial Aid.

Contact Information

Julie Dunston
Program Director

Engineering D105
1230 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Rita Medina
Academic Advisor

Engineering D104
1230 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Carolyn Smith
Program Coordinator
(Off Campus Locations)
Engineering D131
1230 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Marilyn Updike
Program Coordinator
(Online Program)
Engineering D131
1230 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program have gone onto fulfilling careers as Quality Engineer, Lean Six Sigma Project Manager, Six Sigma Black Belt, Reliability Engineer, Quality Systems Engineer, Quality Assurance Engineer, and Supplier Quality Specialist.