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Master of Quality Systems

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1.5 years

Next start date

Expected

Summary

A unique qualification

Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia.

The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. The only graduate-level tertiary academic qualification in quality management throughout New Zealand and Australia, it will give you a career advantage in seeking positions related to quality management.

What will you learn?

This programme focuses on developing critical awareness of and expertise in the following areas:

  • quality management and its component aspects (inspection, quality control, assurance and continual improvement).
  • contemporary quality thinking and methods including ISO systems, statistical thinking, systems thinking, Business Excellence, lean and six sigma improvement.
  • the application of management theory to quality systems
  • ability to conduct self-directed research in an aspect of quality management theory or practice
  • research methods
  • management of people undertaking quality projects and the people-related aspects of quality programme implementation

Topics you will study include quality management, statistical methods for quality and six sigma performance improvement, service quality, quality in human resource management and supply chain systems analysis. You will learn how to undertake in-depth research, followed by your own in-depth research (thesis) on an area of interest to you.

Contemporary, relevant learning

The Master of Quality Systems gives you a comprehensive understanding of a quality-systems oriented organisation. You will learn the tools and techniques used within the context of management and leadership of modern organisational systems. You’ll gain an in-depth insight into the most recent thinking and related approaches in this area.

Careers

Every organisation has a ‘quality manager’, someone who is responsible for one or more of areas like

  • inspection
  • quality control
  • quality assurance
  • quality management
  • continuous improvement

You could be employed in a huge range of industries and professions, including manufacturing, services, health care, local government, construction and the defence force.

Many graduates of the MQS quickly move into senior positions in the same or different organisations. Some have gone on the advanced study such as PhD.

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

The Master of Quality Systems is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

To progress to Part Two of the Master of Quality Systems you must achieve at least a B- grade average for the Part One courses with at least a B grade for the research methods course, 240.758.

Entry criteria

To enter the Master of Quality Systems you will have been awarded or qualified for:

a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses plus two years’ relevant professional experience, or

a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses plus five years’ relevant professional experience, or

a relevant Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent with a minimum B grade average plus two years’ relevant professional experience, or

a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum A- grade average over the 300-level majoring courses plus two years’ relevant professional experience, or

a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum A- grade average over the 300-level majoring courses plus five years’ relevant professional experience.

If you have a relevant Postgraduate Diploma or bachelor’s degree with an A- average and professional experience as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations. The programme of study must include 240.758 unless already passed.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

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