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Online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate
Advance Your Career as an Efficient Engineering Manager

Online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate

Ohio Resident, Cost Per Credit
Credit Hours

Improve Business Decisions. Reduce Waste. Advance Your Career.

The online Lean Six Sigma certificate program will help you master two distinct and complementary managerial approaches: Lean Management, which focuses on eliminating waste, and Six Sigma, which focuses on removing the sources of errors and minimizing variability. With the data analysis and leadership skills you'll acquire in the program, you will be ready to make better engineering and business decisions, eliminate waste, and advance your career as a leader in the engineering field.

Certificate Benefits

  • Master lean thinking, Six Sigma principles and statistical analysis
  • Learn from faculty with real-world experience
  • Explore real-world scenarios with immediate applications
  • Employers increasingly look for Lean-Six Sigma in potential managers

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Become a Strong Candidate for Leadership Roles

The Lean Six Sigma methodology is a proven method trusted by businesses around the world. By learning to eliminate inefficiencies and improve performance, you will open up a wide range of management opportunities that require earning subordinates' strust.

The application-focused curriculum means you'll have immediate opportunities to apply the skills you learn in your current position, while also becoming a stronger candidate for management and leadership roles.

Career Opportunities with Lean Six Sigma Certification

  • Engineering Manager


    per year1

  • Construction Manager


    per year2

  • Industrial Production Manager


    per year3

  • Computer Systems Analyst


    per year4

The Lean Six Sigma Certificate Curriculum

3 Courses | 11 Credits

The  Lean Six Sigma curriculum includes the principles of both the Lean Thinking and Six Sigma methods, plus the engineering analytics techniques needed to make efficient, effective decisions.


  • Statistics for Engineering Management: EMGT 6100 (4 credit hours)
  • Principles of Six Sigma: EMGT 6110 (4 credit hours)
  • Lean Thinking Methods: EMGT 6500 (3 credit hours)

Lean Six Sigma Admissions Requirements

No GRE Required for Qualified Applicants | Spring, Summer and Fall Start Dates

The Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate is designed for working professionals, and the admissions process is streamlined to work around your busy schedule. Take the next step in your career. Start your application today.

Key Admission Dates

Fall 2024:

  • Application Deadline: 08/12/24
  • Classes Begin: 08/26/24

Spring 2025:

  • Application Deadline: 12/09/24
  • Classes Begin: 01/13/25
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Application Fee$50
Required Documents
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Two (2) Professional letters of recommendation from an immediate supervisor and another from who has supervised, mentored or taught the applicant
Admissions Criteria

Criterion A:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in engineering, mathematics, or physical sciences
  • GPA 3.0 or higher (GPA 2.75 acceptable with GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher)

Criterion B:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in business or technology
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • At least 8 semester credits of mathematics at the calculus level or higher
  • GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher

Criterion C:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an accredited program from a field not listed above
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • At least 8 semester credits of mathematics at the calculus level or higher
  • GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher
  • Four or more years of technical work experience

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits are not accepted for the certificate program.

When to Apply

We have three start dates throughout the year: spring, summer, and fall. We encourage prospective students to apply as early as possible. Apply Now

Earn Your Certificate at an Affordable Cost

$8,107 Total Tuition (Resident) | $737 Per Credit (Resident)

Ohio University regularly ranks among the top public universities in the United States for academic quality and value. Earn a career-focused certificate that will open the door to leadership roles, at an affordable price.

Cost per credit hour

$737 (Ohio resident)

$756 (non-resident)

Total credit hours 11
Total estimated cost, minus fees

$8,107 (Ohio resident)

$8,316 (non-resident)

Additional fees
  • Program Fee: $217
  • Specialized Services & Materials Fee: $8
  • Comprehensive Fee: $33
  • General Fee: $3
  • Non-Resident Fee: $19
  • Student Info Sys & Network Fee: $4
Other costs to budget for The estimated tuition cost does not include factors like textbooks or other expenses.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Military Students

Ohio University is a Military Collegiate Purple Star Award® school and has been repeatedly ranked among the top institutions for active duty and veteran students. Our Veteran and Military Student Services Center provides access to programs and services specifically for military members and their families. In addition, student veterans and active military members are eligible to receive an incentive scholarship of up to 15% for eligible online graduate programs.

As an OHIO online student, you can earn credit for select military experience, training or previous college credit. To learn more about the military benefits available to you, contact us today.

Financial Aid

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (one course per seven weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

What You'll Learn

Gain the analytics and leadership skills you need for efficient engineering and management decision-making. Combining the Lean Thinking and Six Sigma approaches will equip you for leadership roles in a wide variety of industries.

Certificate Outcomes

  • Learn statistical techniques and analysis to improve efficiency
  • Master lean thinking to eliminate waste
  • Learn the Six Sigma method to optimize industrial production
  • Master business functions to become an effective leader

Learn From Leading Experts

The faculty in the online Lean-Six Sigma Certificate program are leading practitioners and researchers in the engineering field. They are eager to share their real-world knowledge to help you grow in your own career.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Years of private-sector experience
  • Ph.D. level faculty

Faculty Spotlight

Ron Lewis

Associate Professor of Instruction - Ph.D.

Dr. Ron Lewis has decades of experience in both teaching and performing research at top universities in Ohio and leading teams and businesses in the private sector. After 20 years in private business, Dr. Lewis returned to academia at Ohio University to teach the next generation of engineers how to create knowledge and maximize efficiency. His research interests include applied operations and foundry engineering, which he applied as a time study and process improvement analyst in the steel industry. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.

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Ron Lewis

Related Program

  • Online Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM)

    Prepare to make the leap from technical roles to high-impact leadership positions with our Online Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM). Learn advanced engineering skills while also honing in on graduate-level management and leadership training to excel as a leader.

Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

How fast can I complete the online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate?

It's possible to complete the online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate in as few as two semesters.

How much time do I have to complete the online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate?

We recognize that our students have busy personal and professional lives that can sometimes interrupt graduate study. We allow up to three years for completion of the program.

Does the online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate require work experience?

No, work experience is not required for admission.

How many courses are in the online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate?

The certificate program consists of three courses totaling 11 credit hours.

What is the value of taking the online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate?

The online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate will help you transition from technical roles to management and leadership positions that require more expertise in managerial tasks. You can also transfer credits from the program to the Master of Engineering Management program.

Is the online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate accredited?

Yes. Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). All degree and certificate programs at Ohio University, including the online Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate, are covered by this institution-wide accreditation.


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