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Specialized Study Program in Lean Six Sigma

Specialized Study Program in Lean Six Sigma

Specialized Study Program in Lean Six Sigma

Online Program


3 months



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One of the primary ways that global companies remain competitive is through refined, measured efficiency and consistent high-quality output. While many approaches exist to achieve this, the blend of Lean practices with Six Sigma tools is among the most popular methodologies. As a leader involved in operations or wanting to advance into operations improvement, understanding how Lean Six Sigma is applied will be key to your organization’s long-term success and, ultimately, your career advancement. Use this specialized program to give yourself the foundation needed to understand and quickly implement Lean Six Sigma practices.

Gain an understanding of Lean Six Sigma history and basics, including process flow, the visual workplace, value stream mapping, and Kaizen events. Discover how these elements are used for process stabilization, mistake proofing, risk assessment, and failure mode effects analysis. Understand how these skills can be applied to any industry, including your own. Create the right perspective for implementation of Lean Six Sigma with project planning and definition; visual controls implementation; performance metrics, measurement, and analysis; and more. Practice everything you’ve learned using a real or work project to fully understand how implementation works and what you can expect. See quickly how other companies remain competitive by taking your new knowledge into your workplace and working toward increased efficiency, reduced waste, and better productivity.

Designed For

  • Leaders and professionals involved in lean enterprise development and deployment
  • Managers in operations, administration, engineering, information technology, and manufacturing
  • Professionals involved in process flow improvement
  • Professionals wanting to transition to a managerial role involved in operational flow and improvement

What You'll Learn

  • History, essentials, and the versatility of application of Lean Six Sigma
  • Lean practices and Six Sigma key principles, including process flow, value stream mapping, 5-S improvement, set-up reduction, and rapid improvement methods
  • The principle of DMAIC, or Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control
  • Project planning and definition; team identification; performance metrics, implementation, and analysis; problem solving tools; and mistake proofing
  • Real-world application of all lessons using either a real or work project

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of industries and can include self-employment, firms, government, or nonprofit organizations. Jobs might include:

  • Business analysts
  • Business consultants
  • Business operations specialists
  • Functional leaders
  • Operations managers

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Lean Principles and Practice

MGT X473.6

3 units

Lean Six Sigma Mindset

MGT X473.1

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I am aware of the criticality of teaching to accommodate the appropriate learning methods. I use a combination of styles in the classroom, integrating my relevant life experiences into the discussions. Students relate better to real-time events rather than just textbook theory. Combining textbook theory and group discussion provides an effective teaching methodology for my students.”

Linda McKean

Management Consultant
Cathedral City, CA

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