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The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved Tarleton State University’s proposal for a new master’s degree.

Starting in the spring of 2008, students will be able to pursue a degree in manufacturing quality and leadership.

The new degree is the only one of its kind offered in Texas. Designed for working professionals in companies of all sizes, it helps improve manufacturing productivity and quality management programs. Plans are in place for local manufacturers such as FMC Technologies, Fibergrate and Appleton electronics, to encourage their employees to pursue this degree.

“The completion of the manufacturing quality and leadership degree provides a pathway for employees who hold degrees in non-technical areas to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be more successful in all areas of manufacturing,” said Dr. Tommy Barker, department head of engineering technology. “The degree will enhance our presence as a leader in manufacturing technology and enable us to provide highly qualified employees to both large and small manufacturers in north and central Texas.”

The degree includes two option tracks - management and computer information systems. Degree courses include quality management, supply chain management, production for planning and statistics for quality.

“The department of engineering technology is very excited about the opportunity to increase our service to the manufacturing companies of Texas,” Barker said. “This degree will improve the visibility of Tarleton in Fort Worth and Waco and provide more employment opportunities for our graduates.”