Become a Leader of Change for Your Organization’s Performance

Lean and Six Sigma Professional ProgramsLean and Six Sigma programs are designed to prepare you with the background you need for Quality and Process Improvement. Our programs are based on the American Society for Quality (ASQ) with hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. As an integral part of each program, you will complete a project that improves an area within your organization. The project work will require work-place activities (or work-like setting), with genuine project responsibilities.

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Certificate Benefits
Corporate Training


Learner Outcomes

  • Implement Lean tools and techniques to improve organizational efficiency
  • Describe the philosophies and principles needed to successfully complete projects on time
  • Demonstrate team leadership skills and recognize all aspects of the DMAIC model
  • Apply quality and improvement techniques to advance efficiencies in your organization

Who Should Attend

Those responsible for managing business process improvements in manufacturing or design organizations. Typical participants include managers, professional staff, and hands-on line staff in operations, systems, finance, and business administration. You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the quality and process improvements that will propel your career change and promotional opportunities.

Organizations looking to groom engineers, managers, and team leaders for critical project management and leadership roles will find USD’s programs ideal.

Prerequisites: A bachelor's degree and three to five years of work experience is recommended.

Course Format

Courses are delivered in the Hybrid format:

  • Completion in four months with classes held between one and three nights per week (depending on the program)
  • All classes are scheduled in the evening from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm to accommodate  busy professionals
  • A two-week break from classroom scheduling occurs after each of the five DMAIC modules to ensure enough time to successfully complete each phase of the project in work-based activities


Courses are taught by faculty from the USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, who are also currently working in the field. The instructors in this program have many years of combined experiences, tales from the trenches, actual case scenarios and expertise to share with all Lean and Six Sigma students.


The Lean and Six Sigma curriculum is based on the American Society for Quality (ASQ) “Body of Knowledge” to Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC). A detailed schedule each semester facilitates student studies in a manageable and organized way to ensure skill development while continuing to work full time.  

What Program Is Right For You?

Lean and Six Sigma Programs

Certificate Programs

Lean Tools & Techniques Certificate: dramatically improve your organization reducing time between activities, events and cycles. - Schedule
Six Sigma – Green Belt Certificate: lead small to medium improvement projects using the fundamentals of the DMAIC model. - Schedule
Lean Six Sigma Certificate: combine Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt methodologies to achieve goals with speed and accuracy.
Six Sigma – Black Belt Certificate: lead enterprise projects while coaching your team to successfully launch, transition and complete a project. - Schedule
Six Sigma – Master Black Belt Certificate: offered as Corporate Training only - train leaders within your organization with the highest level of expertise and knowledge of current industry practices

Professional Programs

Six Sigma – Health Care Green Belt: introduce process improvement techniques to your health care organization using the six sigma "DMAIC" methodology
Six Sigma - Health Care Black Belt: continue the Six Sigma study focused on the health care organization and industry needs

Information Sessions & First Night Free

Find out how this program can help you achieve the career and training needed for your professional growth. Join us for a free informational session and complimentary first night meeting, and discover opportunities to advance your career and develop mobile skills. Click here for more information

Schedule & Fees

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Course # Programs Duration SU16 FA16 SP17 *Fee
ENG-X800W Lean Improvement Methods Workshop 4 hours (each) C: June 6, 13, 20, and 27 - - $250.00 (each)
ENG-X815 Lean Tools and Techniques Certificates 1 Semester - C: Aug 24 - Jan 17 C: TBD $3,840
ENG-X801 Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate 1 Semester - C: Aug 24 - Jan 17 C: TBD $3,840
ENG-X806 Lean Six Sigma Certificate 1 Semester - C: Aug 24 - Jan 17 C: TBD $5,260
ENG-X802 Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate 1 Semester - C: Aug 24 - Jan 17 C: TBD $5,260
  One Time Certificate Fee         $45
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced

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