Deploy Process Improvements to Increase Business Efficiency
Next start date
January 8, 2018
The name of the game in business management today is process improvement, and Lean Six Sigma — a combination of Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma methodologies — sets the standard. Top companies and organizations are using Lean Six Sigma principles to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs and advance business outcomes, and they are looking to hire people who possess these specialized skills.
This two-course certificate program delivers the full toolbox of Lean Six Sigma concepts, frameworks and practices. You’ll enhance your analytical, decision making and project management capabilities and learn about specific process and management techniques. You’ll also obtain Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification by the end of the program.
Business professionals looking for formal training and certification in Lean Six Sigma.
Students must have at least three years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree including courses in statistics.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Pat Edmonds, an instructor for the Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Management, discusses what students learn and the career benefits of the program.
As part of this program, you will earn Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification through the consulting firm Point B.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Lean Six Sigma Foundations & Fundamentals
Lean Six Sigma Deployment
Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Management
Approved by the UW Foster School of Business and the UW Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Linda Ng Boyle, Chair, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Ron Cline, Industrial Engineering Manager, Nordstrom
Lynn Coleman, Toxics Reduction Engineer, WA Dept of Ecology
Dominic Henning, Manager, Continuous Improvement, Starbucks
Andy Hoover, Senior Director, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Julie Kang, Assistant Director, Academic Programs, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Marjorie Koch, Senior Industrial Engineer/Lean Manager, Nike
Lisa Montoya, Process Improvement Manager, Alaska Airlines
LuAnn Stokke, Director of Operational Excellence, University of Washington
Michael Stratton, Senior Project Manager, Boeing
Dan Turner, Associate Dean, UW Foster School of Business
Keith Wertman, Director, Supply Chain Fulfillment Strategy, Nordstrom
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Courses in this program include both in-person classroom meetings and online instruction. Online lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system that also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. Online coursework can be completed wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to submit the weekly assignments by their due dates.
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Principal, Operations and Process Improvement, Point B
Senior Associate, Operations and Process Improvement, Point B
Practice Director, Operations and Process Improvement, Point B
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