Quality & Reliability Engineering


The Quality and Reliability Engineering concentration, offered in cooperation with the Statistics department, prepares students with a specialty focusing on design of experiments, process control, reliability and quality management. 

Related Concentrations: Engineering Management

Employment Opportunities

Students with an MBS degree in Quality and Reliability Engineering may find employment in the aerospace, technology, environmental, and medical industries as well as manufacturing facilities.

Admissions Requirements

Admission depends on performance in undergraduate studies, recommendations, and the on-line application. Listed below are some suggested guidelines to consider for admission to the graduate program.  

  •  BS GPA (minimum): 3.0/4.0 for engineers (In India, first class); 3.2/4.0 for other math and science majors
  • TOEFL for International students (minimum): 575/233/writing 22, speaking 23, reading 21, listening 17

Below you will find a list of the required prerequisite undergraduate courses.  The courses are described in detail in Section 14 of the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Graduate handbook.

  • Four semesters of calculus including differential equations and linear algebra
  • High level computer language (C++ for example)
  • Deterministic Methods in Operations Research including linear programming (equivalent to Rutgers ISE course 540:311 or math course 640:453 or 711:453)     
  • Probability - calculus based (equivalent to Rutgers ISE course 540:210) 
  • Engineering Economics (equivalent to Rutgers ISE course 540:343)

If you are missing one or more of the prerequisite courses you may be admitted to the graduate program conditionally; that is, you are accepted with the requirement that you take the prerequisites within the first year and receive a grade of B or better. If these conditions are not satisfied you may be dropped from the program.  Part-time students are given additional time.
If you have not taken Deterministic Methods or Operations Research, you must take 540:311 or 640:453 for NO credit.
If you have taken a calculus based course in Probability the requirement of 960:580 may be waived and an elective may be taken in its place.

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. In addition, students must attend 12 colloquium events to qualify for graduation. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & leadership, capstone, ethics and electives. The business curriculum is listed here. The science courses for the Quality and Reliability Engineering concentration are given below.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

Principles of Communication and Professional Development (16:137:502) (3cr)

Principles of Accounting and Finance for Science and Technology (16:137:530) (3cr)

Market Assessment and Analysis for Business and Science - Life Sciences (16:137:507) (3cr)

Ethics in Science and Technology Management (16:137:500) (1cr)

Science and Technology Management Capstone (16:137:600) (3cr)

and 2 business electives - 6 credits (e.g., project management, supply chain, Intellectual property, etc.)

II.  Science Courses

Students must take 7 core courses and select 1 elective from the list provided.

Core Courses:
16:540:560 Production Analysis (3) (Spring)
16:540:580 Quality Management (3) (Fall)
16:540:585 Systems Reliability Engineering I (3) (Fall)
16:540:685 Systems Reliability Engineering II (3) (Spring)
16:960:540 Statistical Quality Control I (3) (Spring)
16:960:542 Life Data Analysis (3) (Spring)
16:960:590 Design of Experiments (3) (Spring and Fall)

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Hoang Pham        

The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate  science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.

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