Due to the variety of areas that are subject to quality control, aspiring inspectors are encouraged to consider their field of interest before enrolling in a program. Quality control programs - whether an undergraduate technical certificate, graduate certificate or an associate degree - can be found at community colleges and 4-year universities.
Schools with Quality Control Programs
Quality control programs are offered by these institutions.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,002 In-state Undergraduate; $28,804 Out-of-state Undergraduate*|
|Youngstown State University||Youngstown, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,317 In-state Undergraduate; $8,557 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Delta College||University Center, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,395 In-district Undergraduate; $5,270 In-state Undergraduate; $9,770 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Mott Community College||Flint, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,395 In-district Undergraduate; $5,041 In-state Undergraduate; $6,911 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, IN||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,115 In-state Undergraduate; $7,992 Out-of-state Undergraduate|
|Ocean Corporation||Houston, TX||< 2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate||$20,300 Undergraduate|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$37,124 Undergraduate|
|San Jose State University||San Jose, CA||4-year, Public||Master's||$7,378* In-state Graduate; 18,538|
|Tarleton State University||Stephenville, TX||4-year, Public||Master's||$3,672 In-state Graduate; $10,692 Out-of-state Graduate|
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti, MI||4-year, Public||Master's, Graduate Certificate||$14,328 In-state Graduate; $26,400 Out-of-state Graduate|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of things to consider when selecting a quality control inspector school.
- Choose a program fitting in with prospective career goals and specializations. Some programs, especially certificates, may focus on very specific issues in quality control, such as water disposal or pharmaceuticals, which would be useful to students with those particular career goals.
- Aspiring quality control inspectors at the graduate level are encouraged to enroll in programs that offer teaching and research assistantships for additional financial aid.
- If pursuing a specialization like automobiles or drug discovery, aspiring quality control inspectors are encouraged to enroll in programs with up-to-date, on-campus facilities for hands-on training.
- Review each school's graduate employment rates for their programs to determine if most graduates are successfully employed in their field.
Certificate in Quality Control
Undergraduate certificate programs in quality control can typically be completed in one year. Students may take courses in technically-oriented math.
Associate Degree in Quality Control
Associate degree programs can be completed in two years and offer general education courses in addition to the core classes. Electives could be in areas of specialization such as automotives or mechanical manufacturing.
Graduate Certificate in Quality Control
Graduate certificate programs in quality control are designed for students with experience in a particular field who seek inspection specialization. Coursework varies based on the specific area of interest.
There are a number of public and private institutions that offer undergraduate and graduate studies in quality control. Some may specialize in a particular area of quality control, and it may be important to review the courses offered to ensure the program fits your personal academic and career goals.