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Western Kentucky University

Lean Six Sigma Certificate

Lean Six Sigma Certificate (Program Ref. # 0452)

Offered by Western Kentucky University Department of Architectural and Manufacturing 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 and 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. 

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, submit the certificate program of study form. Courses taken in the certificate can also count towards the Master of Science in Engineering Technology Management.

Certificate Program of Study Form

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.

Curriculum

Core courses

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: Instructor approved statistics course and statistical process control (SPC) course. Students may also take AMS 271 Industrial Statistics, which will satisfy this prerequisite. 

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 Last Modified 9/25/14