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Graduate Certificate in Six Sigma

The online Graduate Certificate in Six Sigma is designed for professionals who are ready to advance their potential as industry leaders through industry-proven techniques and expertise in process improvement.

UofL’s Graduate Certificate in Six Sigma provides students with techniques and knowledge in mission-critical business areas such as: cutting costs, increasing revenue and productivity, as well as overall strategies for improvement of processes. Graduates will be ready to complete the Six Sigma Black Belt examination through the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE).

The Graduate Certificate in Six Sigma is offered through the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

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  • Maximize your earning potential–professionals with a Six Sigma certification can earn salaries exceeding $107k and are among the highest-paid professionals in the world (sixsigmaofficial.com).
  • Develop and perfect your abilities in process improvement and advance your leadership potential through industry-perfected techniques and expertise.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes, 8-week courses, and 24/7 access to learning tools.
  • Learn from faculty with distinguished academic credentials, industry experience and a strong commitment to applied research.
  • Skip the test–no GRE/GMAT is required for admission.
  • Begin when you're ready with 6 starts per year (Fall, Spring or Summer admission available).
  • The 9 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in Six Sigma can be applied toward the 30-credit-hour Master's of Engineering in Engineering Management!
  • Earn your Master of Science in Industrial Engineering or Master of Engineering in Engineering Management through UofL's online stackable certificates pathway.


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Earn your graduate certificate in just 4 courses (9 credit hours).

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Professionals with a Six Sigma certification can earn over $107,000 and are among the highest-paid professionals globally (sixsigmaoffical.com).

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"The Graduate Certificate in Six Sigma was designed to help individuals establish their skills in process improvement all while maximizing their earning protentional and helping them to advance their careers."

Faisal Aqlan, PhD
Program Director


Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
September 1 Fall II October
November 15 Spring January
February 1 Spring II March
April 1 Summer I May
May 1 Summer II June

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the graduate application
  2. $40 non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcript certifying at least a bachelor's degree
    • All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.

Note: Electronic transcripts are only accepted directly from the institution(s). Please have electronic transcripts sent to adetran@louisville.edu.


The prerequisites to the EM program are "Introduction to Statistics" and "Calculus I". If not completed in previous degree, these two courses (or equivalent) can be completed prior to admission or during the first semester of the EM program.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Applicants with GPA below the recommended 2.75 may be considered for admission and asked to submit additional criteria, including recommendation letters, resume or personal statement.

International Students

If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, please view our special requirements for international students.


UofL’s online Six Sigma Graduate Certificate is a 4-course, 9-credit hour program. Courses are completed over 8-week terms. You will be eligible to take the Black Belt certification test offered through IISE after completion of EM 684 and EM 685 as well as a successful project (which is usually completed in your current workplace).

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Note: You will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Courses Hours
EM 613 Operations Management 3
EM 661 Engineering Statistics II 3
EM 684 Applications for Process Improvement I 1.5
EM 685 Applications for Process Improvement II 1.5
Minimum Required Credit Hours 9


Course Descriptions