Lead Major Improvement Projects and Increase Your Earning Potential

Boost your earning potential and prepare for leadership roles with the University of Georgia’s 90-hour Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. According to recent data, the average salary for a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in the United States is $127,000 per year.

In this course, Lean Six Sigma Green Belts build on their knowledge and learn to drive quality improvement, increase customer satisfaction, and improve bottom line results. As a Black Belt, you become uniquely qualified to lead cross-functional teams using a broad array of data and statistical tools. The full program consists of two courses and a project with weekly support from your instructor.

Earn a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate and take your career to the next level.


Format: Online

Hours: 90

Credits: 9 CEUs

When: Start anytime

Cost: $3,495 + materials

Unlike in-person courses, this program allows you to learn at your own pace.

The program includes:

  • Leadership Tools for Black Belts
  • Statistics for Black Belts
  • Project Capstone for Black Belts
  • The course incorporates Minitab’s® statistical software.
  • The program closely follows the American Society for Quality’s Black Belt body of knowledge
  • The curriculum is created by the instructor’s firm (University Training Partners), is accredited by the Council for Lean Six Sigma Certification.

The Leadership Tools 40-hour curriculum covers the non-statistical elements of the ASQ Black Belt Body of Knowledge, including: launching and managing projects, leading teams, performing Kano analysis, developing effective surveys, choosing metrics, calculating financial returns, performing graphical analysis, applying adult learning theory, implementing Lean tools, and leading Design for Six Sigma projects.

The Statistics 50-hour curriculum course provides comprehensive statistical training for Black Belts. You’ll learn to perform a wide range of statistical analyses to apply in the measure, improve, and control phases of a Six Sigma project.

Project Capstone has students identify a Six Sigma project, develop a project charter, and complete the five DMAIC phases of an improvement project with instructor mentoring.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed to expand Lean Six Sigma Green Belt knowledge; however, students from various backgrounds can benefit from the course. Any professional in the position to implement and direct change in their organizations care encouraged to register.

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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 weekly online office hour meetings and personalized 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.