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Lean Six Sigma Certificate (Program Ref. # 0452)

Offered by Western Kentucky University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Engineering Technology Management program. The certificate covers concepts, principles, and skills related to six sigma, lean, theory of constraints, and total quality management. It is applicable for students and employees seeking professional Black/Green Belt or Lean certification. Industry offers substantial compensation to certified professionals. This holds true particularly for six sigma belts and lean certificate holders. Six sigma and lean principles have been applied successfully in business, engineering, health services, sciences, government, education, and media.

The certificate provides the knowledge and practical skills needed for successful completion of the American Society of Quality Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification exams or the Society of Manufacturing Engineer's Lean Certification-Bronze level exam. Effective Fall 2014, students gaining admission to the Lean Six Sigma Graduate Certificate program and completing the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be provided with a voucher for one of the above exams. 

According to the 2015 Quality Progress Salary Survey, any level of Six Sigma training earns an additional $17,705. Having one certification adds $2,518 to the average annual salary.

To begin the program, submit an application for graduate admission along with official transcripts indicating that you have a baccalaureate degree to the Graduate School. Once accepted, take the required coursework until you have completed the program and your certificate will be automatically applied. Courses taken in the certificate also count towards the Master of Science in Engineering Technology Management.

Program Objectives

  • Education and training for industry professionals or non-degree seeking students interested in obtaining six sigma or lean certification
  • Attain known industry credentials with the option of applying credit hours towards completion of a master's degree
  • Combine theory with practitioner skills and abilities for increased productivity and economic development
  • Increased influence and promotion potential
  • Opportunity for personal growth and learning

All courses are three (3) credit hours. Click here for a description of the courses.


Core courses (required)

9 hrs

Theory of Constraints

AMS 540


Lean Systems

AMS 594


Six Sigma Quality*

AMS 580


Select one (1) course:

3 hrs

Quality Management

Operations Leadership

Project Management

Resource Management

AMS 671

AMS 590

AMS 655

AMS 520


Total Hours: 12

* AMS 580 Six Sigma Quality Prerequisite: AMS 271 Industrial Statistics or equivalent.


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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