Schools for Aspiring Quality Engineers: How to Choose

Quality engineering schools train students to evaluate, create and maintain systems for quality assurance. Programs are offered at the bachelor's and master's degree levels through the engineering departments of 4-year universities and colleges.

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Quality engineering programs are often offered to engineering professionals, and those who are interested in pursuing studies in this field may need to complete undergraduate training to qualify for those programs. Students should look for programs that prepare them to take professional certification examinations through organizations like the American Society for Quality.

Top 10 Engineering Schools

Program in quality engineering, mechanical engineering or industrial engineering are available at these schools.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergrad Tuition
(2015-2016)*
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,704
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $46,320
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,431 (In-state); $38,139 (Out-of-state)
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $45,390
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,054 (In-state); $30,214 (Out-of-state);
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $50,665
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,204 (In-state); $32,396 (Out-of-state)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 (In-state); $43,476 (Out-of-state)
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $49,116
Purdue University - West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,002 (In-state); $28,804 (Out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

Many degree programs in quality engineering are designed for current engineering professionals who want to specialize in quality engineering. Students interested in quality engineering programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:

  • Internships and cooperative education opportunities allow students to obtain hands-on experience while they decide whether that job is a good fit.
  • In order to advise companies about their quality assurance processes, quality engineers need knowledge in the latest technologies and methods so lab quality and type of equipment available may be a factor in choosing a school.
  • Because certification may be required for graduates, some programs include preparation for professional certification examinations.
  • Students who work full-time might look for schools that offer flexibility through part-time or evening classes.

Bachelor's Degree in Quality Engineering

Aspiring quality engineers might choose to complete a bachelor's degree program, such as a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a minor in quality engineering or a Bachelor of Quality Assurance Science. These programs prepare students for managerial positions in manufacturing, business and many other fields.

Master's Degree in Quality Engineering

Master's degree programs such as a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with a quality engineering specialization or a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering are designed for students or practicing engineers who have earned a bachelor's degree and want to pursue specialized training in quality engineering. Students also may be required to complete a final project or thesis.

Choosing a program in quality engineering may require review of the courses offered, as not all schools have a specific quality engineering degree or certificate option. Some schools incorporate quality engineering courses within other engineering programs, such as industrial or mechanical engineering.

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