Master of Science Program
The Master’s Program is a 12 month, 36 credit, 3 semester program designed for individuals who seek a team-driven, results-oriented management program and believe that a management focus in quality and organizational performance is a competitive career advantage. Students are typically experienced, working adults.
NGS Master of Science (MS) programs are designed to provide graduate level instruction to professionals who either work in the broad quality field or who hope to acquire the skills necessary to effectively serve in that discipline. A pioneering institution in the field of Quality Systems Management education, NGS offers the Master of Science degree in Quality Systems Management.
Optional specializations* are available in:
- Homeland Security & Defense
- Health Systems
NGS was founded on the principle that adults receive more satisfaction when they can visibly see the results of their labors every day, and when they can demonstrate their increased effectiveness to their employer. Instead of a conventional Master’s thesis, students complete a Master’s Project related to a corporate, military or public sector organization.
Students must be able to apply knowledge of best practices to a specific task. The program expects Master’s students to compare and improve processes.
The Master’s program follows a 1-2-3 progression:
- Active involvement by individual attendees, teams, and senior management in a Master’s Business Project (MBP) leading to tangible improvements for an organization. Students work on their MBP in parallel to their courses.
- A 12 month, 36 credit management curriculum with learnings applied to the MBP
- A results “report-out” by teams which verifies tangible savings. The projects’ supervisor or “champion” must validate and formally attest to the school that results have been achieved.
An accelerated format of approximately one year allows completion of the course work for the Master’s program. In order to serve working adult professionals, onsite classes are held on weekends or evenings or online*. Students routinely spend at least as much time outside of class as they do in class. Each student is expected to spend approximately 400 out-of-class hours on the project.
*Not available in Massachusetts. Not available to Massachusetts residents.