The in-person aspect was my favorite part of the hybrid QMM program. Actually being able to see and touch the material we would be working with helped me to learn and understand the course material much better. Networking with classmates and learning from their experiences really made a difference in my graduate studies, and gave me lifelong friends.
The QMM program analyzes multiple aspects of a manufacturing facility, knowing how each aspect contributes to the success of the organization. You learn key tools and techniques that can be applied immediately during the program. Once I started the program, I was immediately able to apply the coursework to my plant responsibilities, and I have had two promotions since my enrollment and graduation.
There are multiple things you get out of this program and degree. The first and foremost are tools like lean manufacturing, six sigma principles, production planning, and specific engineering and management skills. These are tools you can use immediately in a manufacturing environment, and tools that employers are looking for. You also get a strong understanding of why these tools are valuable, and what the overall strategic goals of a manufacturing operation are. On the slightly softer side, you also learn many communication skills.
The faculty at Behrend are able to make the courses very applied to the real-time needs of the students. The lectures, assignments, and case studies are designed such that students can take what they learn in class today and apply it to their job tomorrow. There is a great practicality to the material being conveyed to the students.