Quality and Manufacturing Management

Graduate Program HeadDiane Parente
Program CodeQMM
Campus(es)Erie (M.M.M.)
Degrees ConferredMaster of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.)
The Graduate Faculty


Penn State's Master of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.) degree is offered by the Quality and Manufacturing Management (QMM) program. The degree is offered at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and is administered jointly by the School of Engineering and the Black School of Business. This interdisciplinary graduate program is designed to prepare students for careers in manufacturing, consulting, services, and operations. The program is offered in a full-time format and in a flexible scheduling pattern. Full-time study requires twelve months of continuous study starting in July and ending the following June. The flexible scheduling pattern requires approximately 24 months to complete.

Coursework is offered in a blended format of 75 percent online learning, one or two weekend campus visits per semester, and one three-day summer residency for plant visits.

The program develops future executives who possess in-depth, relevant manufacturing knowledge bridging engineering and management. Graduates are afforded a life-changing experience that provides them with a unique set of engineering, business, and quality skills combined with a suite of communication skills critical to management success. Students fuse Six Sigma certification with corporate social responsibility and emotional intelligence to become well-rounded leaders. QMM students develop business plans and analyze and predict corporate financial performance in a global marketplace. They emerge from Penn State as international leaders understanding the fundamentals of materials and processes and project confidence in product and manufacturing system design.

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

The program draws its students from two groups: practicing professionals from industry and individuals who have graduated from, or are currently enrolled in, a business administration, science, or engineering program. Applicants who expect to graduate with a baccalaureate in engineering, science, or business administration may apply for admission to the program in their senior year.

All applicants must have taken the prerequisite mathematics, computer science, and statistics courses or equivalents prior to starting the program. Applicants cannot register until they have completed these courses.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. See GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Degree Requirements

Master of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

The M.M.M. degree requires 32 credits of course work at the 400, 500, or 800 level, on a part- or full-time basis. The courses are as follows:

QMM 491Introduction to Business Concepts for Manufacturing 13
or QMM 492 Introduction to Engineering Design Principles
QMM 552Applied Statistical Process Control and Experimental Design3
QMM 561Manufacturing Systems Planning and Control I3
QMM 562Manufacturing Systems Planning and Control II3
QMM 581Manufacturing Processes of Materials3
QMM 582Manufacturing and Supply Chain Strategy3
QMM 593Field Experience in Manufacturing2
QMM 851Quality Management3
QMM 871Design Practice for Manufacturing I3
QMM 872Design Practice for Manufacturing II3
QMM 891Communication and Leadership Skills for Manufacturing Managers3
Total Credits32

Both may be required depending on background of the applicant.


A graduate minor is available in any approved graduate major or dual-title program. The default requirements for a graduate minor are stated in Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies and GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies, depending on the type of degree the student is pursuing:

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.

A limited number of scholarships and graduate assistantships are available. Many students work full time and take classes part time. In many cases, employers have a tuition-reimbursement plan paying for partial or full tuition. View student aid options available.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Quality and Manufacturing Management (QMM) Course List


Campus Erie
Graduate Program Head Diane Parente
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Yuan-Han Huang
Program Contact

Yuan-Han Huang
School of Engineering
242 Burke Center
Erie PA 16563
(814) 898-6942

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