Lead Major Improvement Projects and Increase Your Earning Potential

According to recent data, the average salary for a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in the United States is $127,000 per year.

If you have earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, the University of Georgia’s 90-hour Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate program will build extensively on your knowledge of Lean Six Sigma methodologies and take your career to the next level. The program prepares you to apply Lean Six Sigma skills as a strong leader who directs critical projects.


Format: Online

Hours: 90

Credits: 9 CEUs

When: Start anytime

Cost: $3,495 + materials

As a Black Belt, you will be able to drive quality improvement, increase customer satisfaction and improve bottom line results for your organization. Black Belts are uniquely qualified to lead cross-functional teams and to analyze data using a broad array of graphical and statistical tools.

The full program consists of two courses and a project, with weekly live office hours with the instructor to help you master the more difficult material. By successfully completing both courses and the project, you will earn the University of Georgia’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate of Program Completion.

The program includes:

  • Leadership Tools for Black Belts, a self-paced online course with weekly live-online office hour meetings. View course description.
  • Statistics for Black Belts, a self-paced online course with weekly live-online office hour meetings. Access to Minitab® Statistical software is required. A 6-month Minitab® Statistical Software license is available for purchase through the Georgia Center when bundled with this course if needed. View course description.
  • Project Capstone for Black Belts: Students identify a Six Sigma project, develop a project charter and complete the five DMAIC phases of an improvement project with instructor mentoring. View project description.

Learn at Your Own Pace
Unlike in-person Black Belt courses, this program is designed to fit into the busy lives of working professionals. You can learn the required body of knowledge at your own pace, with ample opportunities to interact with your instructor and fellow students.

Here is what else makes this program so unique:

  • The flexibility of self-paced courses with personalized support from your instructor and the option to engage in weekly live office hours in Zoom.
  • The instructor is an ASQ-certified Six Sigma Black Belt with a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, 15 years of industry experience, and years of experience teaching Six Sigma concepts.
  • The course incorporates Minitab’s® statistical software.
  • The program closely follows the American Society for Quality’s Black Belt body of knowledge.
  • The program’s curriculum, created by the instructor’s firm (University Training Partners), is accredited by the Council for Lean Six Sigma Certification.
  • In addition to earning a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate of Program Completion, those who complete the full program will receive a digital badge as well. They will also be issued a certificate number and be recognized as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSSBB).

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Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for those who want to enhance their career opportunities by greatly expanding the knowledge they have gained from an introductory Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course.

Students from various backgrounds, industries and experiences are welcome and will benefit from this program, including:

  • Professionals with the ability to implement and direct change in their organizations
  • Those interested in taking their process improvement skills to the next level

Course Information

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The program is asynchronous, and you may start anytime.

Course Format:
The Leadership Tools, Statistics, and Project Capstone courses are online and self-paced with live-online weekly office hour meetings and instructor feedback on assignments. Students will submit assignments for evaluation and complete quizzes for each learning module.

The time permitted for completing the certificate program is 12 months.

Course Fee(s): 

$3,495 (does not include required books and software)

A discounted 6-month Minitab® Statistical Software license is available for purchase through the Georgia Center when bundled with this course if needed.

Dr. Mary McShane-Vaughn earned her PhD in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. She is currently Principal at University Training Partners, a company that develops and delivers Lean Six Sigma training for corporations and universities.

Dr. McShane-Vaughn has created and delivered Yellow, Green and Black Belt training courses to hundreds of students, both in-person and online. Over the past six years she has enthusiastically delivered more than 50 Yellow, Green and Black Belt courses for her university and corporate clients.

Previously, Dr. McShane-Vaughn was a tenured faculty member at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia, now Kennesaw State University. For eight years she directed and grew the Master of Science in Quality Assurance program and taught statistics, statistical quality control, linear regression and design of experiments online in the graduate program. Her research interests include industrial statistics, robust experimental design and distance learning course delivery methods.

Before her career in academics, Dr. McShane-Vaughn worked for 15 years as a quality engineer and statistician in the automotive, medical device manufacturing, consumer products testing and revenue management industries.

Dr. McShane-Vaughn served as the Six Sigma Black Belt Exam Chair for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) from 2010-2012, and was an examiner for the Georgia Oglethorpe Award, Georgia’s equivalent of the National Malcolm Baldrige Award. She currently serves on the editorial review board for ASQ’s Six Sigma Forum. She is co-author of The Certified Quality Inspector Handbook, and author of The Probability Handbook, and The Probability Workbook, all published by ASQ Quality Press. Dr. McShane-Vaughn is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and a member of the American Statistical Association. She holds ASQ certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer and Reliability Engineer.

To view her profile, please visit her LinkedIn web page.