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Lean Six Sigma Graduate Certificate

Become an expert in running lean, efficient processes with a Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate from the University of Central Missouri. With this certificate, you’ll stand out to employers as a candidate with project management mastery they can leverage in their operations.

With coursework that prepares you for a career in several industries, UCM’s Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate is an excellent addition to an MS in Industrial Management or Technology, or you can take it on its own as a follow-up to a BS and complete the coursework for this resume-booster in 1–2 years. 

Prepare for industry certifications

The Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate at UCM includes coursework necessary to test for Lean Certification by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and/or the Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Certification from the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

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Gain the latest skills in Lean systems

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What you will study

The Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate consists of five courses that provide you with the most up-to-date skills in Lean systems and Six Sigma, giving you the knowledge you need to: 

  • Apply Lean concepts to industrial situations
  • Use statistical tools and quality techniques to solve problems in industrial scenarios
  • Develop a continuous improvement plan using quality standards criteria
  • Pass professional certification exams

When you combine this graduate certificate with an MS in Industrial Management, you’ll gain a deep understanding of project planning, facilities engineering and more. 

Alternatively, you can pair the certificate with an MS in Technology and use the wide range of focus areas offered by that program to bring your Lean Six Sigma knowledge to the industry of your choice.


Excellence in Lean Six Sigma 

  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Quality Control Technology (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 8%: Most Popular Colleges for Quality Control Technology (College Factual, 2022)
  • Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
  • UCM’s ASQ-UCM Student Chapter is sponsored by the American Society for Quality, the largest organization for quality professionals in the country


Unique learning opportunities in Lean Six Sigma

The University of Central Missouri is dedicated to holistic, practical learning, and the Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate is no exception. You’ll have many opportunities to practice your skills on real-world applications while tailoring your course of study to your career aspirations:

  • Solve real-world problems: Augment your classroom learning with simulations and proofs of concept that help you apply the principles you’re learning in the classroom to real-world industry concerns.
  • Take advantage of local manufacturing: UCM partners with nearby manufacturing businesses to offer diverse internship opportunities. Learn from experienced local professionals and tour facilities in metro Kansas City, just 45 minutes from our Warrensburg campus.
  • Attend UCM’s Quality Management Conference: Organized by technology schools across the country, this annual conference brings together industry professionals and technology degree students. Network with colleagues, showcase your research and learn about the latest industry developments.


What can you do with a graduate certificate in Lean Six Sigma from UCM?

Gaining expertise in Lean Six Sigma can open many doors to a successful career. You’ll find opportunities in several different industries, including in technology, health care, manufacturing and transportation.

Use your graduate certificate coursework — as well as your past work experience — to obtain professional certifications from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers or the American Society for Quality. Then use that expertise to become invaluable to employers who value lean and efficient processes.

Explore careers that use Lean Six Sigma

Careers in a vast range of industries depend on Lean Six Sigma knowledge. Use the tool below to explore the possibilities.




Financial assistance options for your Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate

The University of Central Missouri is committed to helping students afford their degrees and has been ranked by LendEDU as a leader in low student debt. For students pursuing a degree, many types of financial aid are available, including assistantships, grants and awards. You can connect with a financial aid counselor to determine the best options for financing your college education.

In addition, UCM offers a number of scholarships, including scholarships set aside for degree-seeking students in specific courses of study. Use UCM’s Scholarship Finder to find opportunities if you pair your Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate with a graduate degree.



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Take your degree further.

Interested in building upon your Lean Six Sigma graduate certificate? Become a leader in your field with postgraduate coursework from UCM:

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