Lean Six Sigma Adv. Cert.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu

Department Contact

Mark Smith
585-475-7102, mark.smith@rit.edu

Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring/Summer
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
PTE Academic 58


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

Lean Six Sigma focuses on the use of the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) process and advanced statistical techniques to improve processes and reduce defects. The advanced certificate in Lean Six Sigma is for engineers, process-improvement facilitators, and other practitioners looking to increase their effectiveness or enhance their qualifications to broaden their careers. Industry certifications such as Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt are not the focus of this academic program, but students interested in obtaining these credentials are well prepared to do so after completing courses in this program.


Lean Six Sigma, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
ISEE-682 Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals 3
ISEE 660 or STAT-621 Applied Statistical Quality Control 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ISEE-760 or STAT-670    Design of Experiments  
   STAT-701    Foundations of Experimental Design  
Elective   3
Total Semester Credit Hours 12


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in Lean Six Sigma, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Have a satisfactory background in statistics (at least one course in probability and statistics).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Graduate entrance exams are not required. However, students are welcome to submit scores from the GMAT or the GRE to support their application for admission.

Additional information


Students should have a basic familiarity with MINITAB statistical software. This may be obtained by self-study or through a short course.


Students must maintain an overall program GPA of 3.0 (B) to qualify for graduation.


Classes are available online and on campus.

Gainful employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/gedt/2017-2018/lean-six-sigma.html.

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Quality Engineer, Reliability Analyst, Quality Manager, Statistical Consultant

Recent Employers

Bausch & Lomb, CIBA Vision, Delphi, Eastman Kodak Company, General Motors, Harris Interactive, Harris RF Communications, Johnson & Johnson (Ortho Clinical), Moog, Southco, Welch Allyn, Xerox

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