Graduate Certificate Programs

Lean Six Sigma

Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Program Description:
This certificate program offers an opportunity for professionals to expand their knowledge in lean six sigma through a flexible graduate education program. The certificate provides a solid foundation in lean six sigma methods and practices that can be immediately applied to process improvement projects in the work place. The certificate consists of four courses designed to prepare professionals for variation and waste reduction projects and provide a sound statistical background.

The following three courses are required:

  • Eng Mgt 5710: Six Sigma
  • Eng Mgt 6710: Design for Six Sigma
  • Eng Mgt 6611: Lean Systems

And one of:

  • Statistics 5643: Probability and Statistics
  • Statistics 5353: Statistical Data Analysis

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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Eng Mgt 5710: Six Sigma
This course is an introduction to the principles of implementing the six sigma philosophy and methodology. Topics include tools and methods including process flow diagrams, cause and effect diagrams, failure mode and effects analysis, gage R&R, capability studies, design of experiments and strategy for organizing six sigma techniques in industry.

Eng Mgt 6710: Design for Six Sigma
This course will cover modern design methodology based on the six sigma paradigm. Design for six sigma (DFSS) is a roadmap for the development of robust products. Prerequisites: Eng Mgt 5710

Eng Mgt 6611: Lean Manufacturing Systems
Lean manufacturing is a total enterprise philosophy built on increasing the synergy between humans and technological systems. Use of various concepts such as flow, just-in-time, lead times, inventory turns, standardized work, pull system, value streams, quick changeover, workplace organization, and visual controls are covered to improve system performance. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, and Eng Mgt 5615 or equivalent

Statistics 5643: Probability and Statistics
Introduction to the theory of probability and its applications, sample spaces, random variables, binomial, Poisson, normal distributions, derived distributions, and moment generating functions. Prerequisites: Math 2222

Statistics 5353: Statistical Data Analysis
Introduction to methods for analyzing statistical data from experiments and surveys. Analysis of variance, correlation, introduction to regression techniques, contingency tables, non-parametric techniques and introduction to modern statistical software. Prerequisites: Math 2222 and one of Stat 1115, 3113, 3115, and 3117.

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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This program is designed to appeal to working professionals. Certificate courses taken for graduate credit can be counted in the M.S. degree once accepted into the M.S. degree. If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of "B" or better in each of the courses taken, they can apply to the M.S. program in engineering management. The certificate program may be followed by six additional 3 credit courses to complete the M.S. degree. The certificate program is open to all persons holding a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in engineering or a physical science and who have a minimum of 12-months of professional employment experience or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T.

  • B.S. in engineering or a physical science
  • Undergraduate courses: Calculus Series(I,II,III), Differential Equations, Statistics, Physics or Chemistry, Engineering Economy
  • GPA: Regular status: 2.75 cumulative
  • TOEFL: All international applicants must submit a current TOEFL score, regardless of prior academic experience or place of study. Regular status: 580/237/92

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the department.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure Program

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2014-15 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015)

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Engineering Management (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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