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Lean Six Sigma Professional Programs

Become a Leader of Change for Your Organization’s Performance Improvements

Lean and Six Sigma programs are designed to prepare you with the background you need for Quality and Process Improvement. USD offers several program tracks with hands-on learning opportunities. You can choose an individual Six Sigma track as a standalone course or combine tracks to earn a Certificate in Lean Six Sigma.

USD’s programs offer:

  • Curriculum based on the American Society for Quality (ASQ) 
    “Body of Knowledge”
  • Faculty with extensive industry experience in biotech, health care, defense, finance and traditional manufacturing organizations
  • Real-life project applications as an integral part of the curriculum
  • Completion in less than  five 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 between weekly modules to ensure enough time to successfully complete projects

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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.

Course Format



Leonard Perry, Ph.D. Arizona State University, has research interests in the area of system improvement via quality improvement methods especially in the area of applied statistics, statistical process control, and design of experiments. Dr. Perry consults, instructs, and collaborates on quality improvement projects with representatives from biotech, health care, defense, and traditional manufacturing institutions. He has been an instructor for the Six Sigma Black belt training at the Six Sigma Institute for three years. He is a UCSD Certified Six-Sigma Master Black-Belt and an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, and Coordinator and Associate Professor Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Bradley Chase, Ph.D. University of Louisville, directs the Ergonomics Laboratory at USD and has an appointment as a Research Scientist at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego. He is an active consultant in the area of Performance Improvement. He has consulted on projects with Active Input Solutions, SAIC, and Consolo Systems - a local software startup. His research has been supported by the Army Research Institute, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Navy, and the American Society for Engineering Education.


Instructional tracks include Lean and Sig Sigma curriculum based on the American Society for Quality (ASQ) “Body of Knowledge” to Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control.

A detailed schedule each semester facilitates student studies in a manageable and organized way to ensure skill development while continuing to work full time. The scheduled courses are typically held in the evenings, 5:30 – 9:30 pm to accommodate working professionals. The number of classes ranges from six to 27 and depends on the track selected.

Tracks — Professional Programs

  • Lean Improvement Methods: dramatically improve your organization removing non-value added activities
  • Six Sigma – Green Belt: complete a project using the fundamentals of the DMAIC model (includes a real-life project)
  • Six Sigma – Health Care Green Belt: introduce process improvement techniques to your health care organization using the six sigma "DMAIC" methodology

Tracks — Certificate Programs

  • Six Sigma – Black Belt Certificate: successfully launch, transition and complete a project with advanced leadership skills, includes real-life project
  • Six Sigma – Master Black Belt Certificate: become a leader within your organization with the highest level of expertise and knowledge of current industry practices


A bachelor’s degree and three to five years of work experience is recommended.

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Programs & Fees

Lean Six Sigma Professional Programs schedule

  Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate 
Minimum Required:  1  Course(s)
    ENG-X802   Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate
  Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certificate 
Minimum Required:  1  Course(s)
    ENG-X803   Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certificate
  Other Lean & Six Sigma Programs 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    ENG-X800   Lean Improvement Methods
    ENG-X801   Six Sigma Green Belt
    HCIN-U550   Health Care Six Sigma Green Belt
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