Online Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate

Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate - CTSSBG

Industrial and Systems Engineering
270 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Fall, Summer

Enrollment Eligibility: Current degree-seeking student or non-degree status

Certificate Overview

In today's ever changing and more data driven technologically based industries, black belt training is often considered the backbone of an organization's operational excellence program. They generally follow and implement the DMAIC process (Design, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control). The total credit hours to earn the certificate is 11 hours spread across 5 courses. Typical students in the Black Belt Certificate program would be Master's of Engineering Management students. Students who haven't previously taken a college-level statistics course will be required to take EMGT 6100 - Statistics for Engineering Management. 

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the application of the Six Sigma process improvement methodology to improve a real-world process problem associated with their current work environment.
  • Gather, format and analyze data and translate statistical results into practical decisions.
  • Perform two-tailed and single-tailed hypothesis tests.
  • Perform multiple factor ANOVA tests and Multiple Regression analysis techniques.
  • Validate measurement systems for use in process performance measurement.
  • Identify situations for applying Monte Carlo and Discrete Event simulation techniques.
  • Measure process and system capability ratios. 
  • Demonstrate before and after capability improvement.

Opportunities upon Completion

Individuals with black belt training play a critical role as change agents, trainers, mentors and project leaders to improve an organization's bottom line. Black belts solve problems by developing and implementing change initiatives. They often become a necessary member of an organization's leadership team. 


Certificate Relationship to Parent Degree Program

The following courses can be applied to the Master of Engineering Management degree:

  • EMGT 6110 - Principles of Six Sigma (4 hours), required for the MEM degree.
  • EMGT 6111 - Advanced Six Sigma (3 hours), an elective for the MEM degree.

EMGT 6110 is also required for the Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate but students can only count this course towards one certificate. 

Complementary certificates

  • Engineering Analytics Certificate - CTISEG

  • Engineering Leadership Certificate - CTELCG

  • Engineering Management Certificate - CTEMCG

  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate - CTCLSSG

Further Information

Link to program:…

Program Director: Dr. Ron Lewis

Admission Requirements

Admission to this certificate program requires:

1. A technical undergraduate degree in engineering or related field. 

2. Undergraduate GPA above 3.0.

3. At least 8 semester credits of mathematics at the calculus level or higher. 

Students entering the certificate should be familiar with statistical methods for experimental analysis. Students wanting a review of statistical methods can enroll in EMGT 6100 - Statistics for Engineering Management. 

International Students

An I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this certificate. 

Completion Requirements

Complete the following courses totaling 11 semester credit hours and two exams. 

Required Courses

Complete the 3 required courses:

  • EMGT 6110 - Principles of Six Sigma (required for MEM degree)
  • EMGT 6111 - Advanced Six Sigma (elective for the MEM degree)
  • EMGT 6114 - Six Sigma Black Belt Project

Additional Required Course

  • EMGT 6100 - Statistics for Engineering Management. This course will be required for students who have not previously taken a college-level statistics course. 

Required Exam Courses

Complete the exams associated with the following two courses:

  • EMGT 6112 - Six Sigma Green belt Exam
  • EMGT 6113 - Six Sigma Black Belt Exam

Culminating Experience

EMGT 6114 - Black Belt Project is the culminating experience for the certificate, where students apply Six Sigma methods to a project of their choosing.