Building on the knowledge base acquired through the Green Belt course, the Black Belt program teaches you to apply Six Sigma methodology to specific projects, enables you to identify organizational waste and provides tools to maximize your assets all while earning your Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate from the globally ranked Terry College of Business.
This comprehensive program is ideal for individuals who want to hone their leadership skills to help solve their organization's most significant process-driven challenges, not just earn a certificate.
Participants sit for a UGA Black Belt certification exam at the conclusion of the course and have twelve months to complete their Lean Six Sigma Black Belt project required for certification, all while enjoying the ongoing guidance and mentoring of our highly-rated and regarded faculty.
The curriculum is continuously updated to reflect the most recent changes in the Lean Six Sigma body of knowledge. Projects are uniquely identified to address your organization's pressing challenges, bringing practice together with theory to provide a resolution to your real-world obstacles.
The Black Belt program will consist of three modules, each lasting approximately nine weeks plus a yearlong project which will begin at the successful completion of module three. During the three modules, the instructor will be conducting live instruction online one night per week. Participants will be given a series of exams as they go through each module. The instructor will also monitor the participants throughout the year as they work on their projects. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive their Black Belt Certificate.
The Black Belt program is rigorous. Please be sure you are familiar with the requirements listed below.
1. Completion of a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Program.
(If your Green Belt is not from UGA, you will be asked to provide verification of completion from a qualified program.)
2. Bachelor’s Degree is highly recommended.
(Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.)
3. At least 2 years of work experience.
4. College coursework in Algebra and Statistics
(Ability to solve algebraic equations using a calculator is recommended.)
5. Experience with Excel and Excel formulas.
6. A scientific calculator.
7. A laptop computer.
(Windows-based only for compatibility with Minitab.)
8. Ability to complete a Six Sigma project within 12 months of course completion.
(If currently not employed, it is recommended that you partner with a non-profit organization for selection and application of your project.)
In the Black Belt certification program, students will learn the skills to lead Lean Six Sigma projects in their organizations, including:
Lean topics include Kaizen Event Planning, Changeover Reduction, Value Stream Mapping, and Mistake Proofing.
Throughout the class, participants are encouraged to share real-world examples of how concepts presented could apply to their work environments. Adding to the tools first presented in the Green Belt course, the course also introduces affinity diagrams, Little's Law, FMEA, QFD, TRIZ and the Theory of Constraints.
for managers looking to have an impact on the bottom line, improve customer satisfaction and enhance quality in their organization.
Mary McShane-Vaughn, PhD Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course Instructor
The course is led by Mary McShane-Vaughn, PhD, former ASQ Black Belt Exam Chair. McShane-Vaughn brings 15 years of experience as a Quality Engineer and Statistician in the automotive, airline, medical device, and revenue-management fields. She is an ASQ certified Black Belt, Quality Engineering, and Reliability Engineer, and she has taught Six Sigma to hundreds of graduate students and business leaders.