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School of Technology Graduate Programs



Lean Six-Sigma
Graduate Certificate



Program Description


This online certificate program is designed for industrial professionals seeking insight to

techniques of Lean Six Sigma systems while preparing for the 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).

The five required courses will integrate with the Industrial Management and Technology Masters

Degree programs as an area of specialization. The program will be delivered via the Internet

using web-based tools for effective learning.


In order to be awarded the certificate, student will complete all five required courses with a “B”

or better. These courses must be completed within six calendar years, beginning with the date the

student first registers as a graduate level certificate student.


Admissions to the Program


To be admitted applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited

college or university with a GPA of 2.5 overall. Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in

English communication and an ability to work in a technology management-driven environment.


1. Contact the Graduate School at 660-543-4092. The application form is available at

2. Provide undergraduate transcripts and pay application fee.

3. GRE scores not required for certificate study.


This program is a non-degree graduate program. However, courses completed as part of the

certificate curriculum can be included in a program of study leading to a Master of Science

degree. The School of Technology graduate coordinator and advisor will advise students and

confirm completion of certificate requirements.


Requirements for the Graduate Certificate


1. Be accepted for admission to the certificate program by the Graduate College.

2. Complete the 15 credit hours, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

3. Complete the program within six years, and meet any additional standards and

requirements of the Graduate School.



Program Objectives


Program consists of fifteen semester hours intended for industrial and service managers,

supervisors and others who desire to bridge their companies’ productivity to “Lean-Six Sigma”

methods. Students will gain the most recent skills and knowledge in Lean systems, Six Sigma,

quality tools, and quality management principles while preparing for certification examinations.


Specific Objectives:

  • Apply lean concepts in various industrial situations to eliminate waste and maximize quality.
  • Use seven statistical tools and quality techniques to problem solve a given industrial scenario.
  • Develop a continuous improvement plan using quality standards criteria established by the International Standards Organization series and Malcolm Baldridge Awards program.
  • Prepare for Lean certification by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and/or the Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Certification from the American Society for Quality (ASQ).


This online graduate certificate program utilizes the same format to present all five courses

included in the program of study. Course deliverables and materials will have a complete set of

course components, including learning outcomes, instructional modules, handouts, assignments,

and assessment. Interactive discussions with peers and course facilitators in a virtual class

meeting, video conference, discussion board, and telephone conferences are encouraged.


Course Offered:

Contact your advisor and Instructor for consent to enroll in this sequence of courses. Students

must maintain a grade point average of 3.0. The certificate can be completed in one calendar year.




Course Title


Semester Offer
INDM 5212 Production and Operation Management
Fall (On-line)
Spring (Live)
INDM 5222 Principles and Practices of Lean Systems
Fall (On-line)
INDM 5232 Seminar in Lean Implementation
Spring (On-line)

*ENGT 4580



*INDM 4230

Quality Systems Engineering


Lean and Quality Management


Sp-Sum-Fa (On-line)


Spring (On-line)

INDM 6580

Advanced Strategic Quality and





*IndM 4230 OR Engt 4580 must be enrolled in your first semester.



Course Description:

IndM 4230 Lean and Quality Management. Relationship between quality and competitiveness,

design strategy for performance excellence, and discussion of cases in Lean systems and Six



IndM 5212 Production and Operation Management. Production/operations concepts with

emphasis upon systems, systems design and analysis, strategies, productivity, planning,

forecasting, deterministic and stochastic inventory control, MRP scheduling, and project



IndM 5222 Principles and Practices of Lean Systems. A survey of theory, goals, and applications

of Lean principles and strategies in industrial organizations. Applying Lean and Six Sigma

(DMAIC) concepts to business strategy, product design, tools for finding and eliminating waste

and for continuous improvement. Mapping the value stream, error proofing, failure analysis, and

the lean metrics are covered.


IndM 5232 Seminar in Lean Implementation. Individual research directly related to Lean

implementation applied to business and service processes. Alignment and systematic business

and service process design focusing on implement and validate solutions and control plan.

Measuring business results with business profit and customer satisfaction.


IndM 6580 Advanced Strategic Quality and Standards. An investigation of advanced quality

techniques for production/quality managers, global standards criteria (ISO series and Malcolm

Baldridge Award), leadership, empowerment and human development, and standard certification

training for quality managers and professionals.


EngT 4580 Quality Systems Engineering. The principles and practices of Total Quality and Six

Sigma, and the decision making tools and techniques utilized by professional in today’s

successful industries. Emphasis on Statistical Process Control (SPC) to reduce variation.


Program Brochure (PDF)





Dr. Ronald Woolsey

Graduate Program Coordinator

Grinstead 009, School of Technology

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO 64093

660-543-4340 or Main Office 600-543-4439




School of Graduate & Extended Studies

University of Central Missouri

HUM 410

Warrensburg, MO 64093