Graduates of many advanced degree programs will be asked to champion organizational efforts to improve performance in some area. These activities are referred to as Process Improvement or Continuous Improvement initiatives that are the focus of Six Sigma methodology. It is not unusual for management in any organization to want to improve performance even if Six Sigma is not a formal program within the company. A Green Belt is the first professional level of recognition for individuals trained in Six Sigma. The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is the national certification society for all Six Sigma levels of accomplishment. ASQ offers a four-hour exam to obtain a lifetime Green Belt certification. This certificate is based on the ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt body of knowledge. Application for the ASQ exam requires three years of work experience in process improvement activities. Since this requirement is not met by some students or students may not want to pursue it for other reasons, KSU offers two pathways to earn the Graduate Six Sigma Certificate.
Students in The Master of Science in Applied Statistics (MSAS) or the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) can earn the certificate by taking a sequence of four Statistics courses. Students in the Master of Science in Quality Assurance (MSQA) can earn the certificate by taking four Quality Assurance courses. Additionally, students may earn the certificate independent of any other graduate program, by applying to the Graduate Six Sigma Certificate program, and completing the four Quality Assurance courses. If students would like to pursue the Statistics pathway independently, they would need to complete one prerequisite course, STAT 7020 or an equivalent statistical methods course, prior to the four courses in the certificate requirements.
Applicants to the Graduate Certificate Program must submit the following:
Online Graduate Admissions Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resume/Vita - (Can be uploaded into the online application.)
Statement of Purpose - (Can be sent electronically through the online application.)
Admission in the Certificate program does not in any way qualify a student for admission to a graduate program.
Required Courses: (12 credit hours)
Total Number of Credit Hours: 12