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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Certified Lean Six Sigma Certificate

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Certificate Title: Certified Lean-Six Sigma

Certificate Name and Number: Certified Lean-Six Sigma Certificate - CTLSSG & ND9992

Department/Unit: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: [Fall | Spring | Summer] – Depends on course offerings in each semester

Certificate Mission: Prepare dedicated leaders and skilled managers who make better engineering and related business decisions using data and statistical analysis while minimizing wasted resources.

Certificate Learning Objectives:

* Describe sample data, fit regression models, and test hypotheses to make statistical inferences about populations.

* Apply statistical techniques and the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) methodology to reduce variability and decrease the rate of defects in production.

* Employ lean thinking, principles, and methods in manufacturing and service systems to achieve the twin goals of delivering 100% value and 0% waste.

Certificate Overview:

Lean and Six Sigma are two different but complementary approaches to remove waste and improve quality in industrial production. When practiced together, a synergy results that is increasingly valued by many companies. As a result, employers increasingly seek Lean Six Sigma skills in potential employees.

A significant percentage of students who complete the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) online graduate program are hired or promoted into jobs specifically requiring these skills. Because a certificate in Lean Six Sigma documents a more comprehensive and integrated level of preparation than individual courses, it adds considerable weight in hiring and promotion. Accordingly, this graduate stackable specialized certificate can now be earned as an integral part of the MEM degree, or as a standalone credential by non-degree seeking students.

The statistics course in this certificate is included because the entire Six Sigma methodology relies on statistical processing to identify defects that aren’t otherwise discernible or assignable to causes. Statistical methods detect the “signal” of small process errors in the “noise” of high-volume production, and thus reduce the rate of defects, ideally to no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities. Six Sigma takes the approach of “better decisions using data” to its logical conclusion, and is most effective with a good understanding of statistical principles.

The expertise of the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department and its Board of Advisors is reflected in the content, organization and title of this certificate.

Certificate Relationship to Parent Degree Program:

The parent program of this graduate specialized stackable certificate is the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree, with program code ME7266 (see Neither enrollment in nor completion of the MEM degree is required to complete this certificate, but completing this certificate does fulfill 3 of 10 courses toward the MEM degree. Students admitted to this certificate may also seek admission to the MEM degree, and/or the MEM program’s other certificates. Two or more certificates also “stack” toward the degree. Previously submitted application materials will be reused as much as possible, as determined by the MEM Program Director. Link to MEM program:

Completion Requirements:

1. Complete the three designated courses totaling 11 semester credit hours:

a. Statistics for Engineering Management: EMGT 6100 (4 hrs, required)

b. Principles of Six Sigma: EMGT 6110 (4 hrs, required)

c. Lean Thinking Systems: EMGT 6500 (3 hrs, required)

The EMGT 6100 course is a prerequisite for the EMGT 6110 course, but there are no other prerequisites for these courses. There is no thesis or qualifying exam.

2. This certificate must be completed within three (3) years.

3. No grade below a “C” can be used to fulfill any Ohio University graduate requirement including this certificate, and a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the graduate level is required to stay in and complete the certificate. By Ohio University policy, if any graduate course is retaken, both the original grade and the new grade are included in the cumulative GPA. An applicant on academic probation in any Ohio University graduate program may apply with permission from the MEM Program Director.

4. Depending on the starting semester selected, the student can complete the certificate in two or three semesters, taking one or two courses per semester. In order to keep tuition costs low, these courses are shared with and scheduled by the MEM program. Depending on the semester the student begins the certificate, a student’s course plan may possibly contain a gap of one semester.

5. There is no capstone course to receive this certificate, but smaller projects are used to give students the opportunity to apply and integrate what they learn.

Admission Requirements:

The admission requirements to this certificate are the same as those for the MEM degree program. Accordingly, students currently in the MEM program may enroll in this certificate with administrative approval from the MEM Program Director and the OHIO Graduate College.

For direct admission to this certificate (and to the MEM degree), prospective students may be admitted under one of the following three criteria:

Criterion A:

1. Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in engineering, mathematics, or physical sciences

2. GPA 3.0 or higher (GPA 2.75 acceptable with GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher)

Criterion B:

1. Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in business or technology

2. GPA 3.0 or higher

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

4. GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher

Criterion C:

1. Bachelor of Science degree in an accredited program from a field not listed above

2. GPA 3.0 or higher

3. GRE quantitative reasoning score of 155 or higher

4. Four or more years of technical work experience

The application requires two letters of recommendation, one preferably from the applicant’s current supervisor and another from an individual who has supervised, mentored or taught the applicant, or is otherwise familiar with the applicant’s academic ability and/or work experience.

Students admitted directly to this certificate, and who have not been admitted to the MEM degree, hold a non-degree-seeking status. This status may limit the student’s eligibility for certain types of financial aid.

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