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Lean Quality in Production Graduate Certifiate


275 Windsor Street

Hartford, CT 06120

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Lean Quality in Production Graduate Certificate

Format: Online

Program Description:

Innovative processes can deliver growth and profit, but what about the outdated processes that slow you down? Process is the lifeblood of business. When results aren’t satisfactory, change is required. The powerful, proven tools of lean and six sigma help diagnose and fix issues and create new, innovative processes. Rensselaer’s Graduate Certificate in Lean Quality in Production prepares you with these methodologies to fix existing processes and create new ones.

Certificate Information

  • You can begin the certificate in January, May, or August
  • Each course is 3 credit hours, the certificate is 3 course, 9 credit hours to complete
  • The certificate’s blended online delivery reflects today’s dynamic workplace
  • Practitioner faculty guide the completion of project work that relates to your career objectives
  • The program results in a graduate level Certificate in Lean Quality in Production from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Courses are taken for credit, and successful completion requires a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • As each of the courses build upon prior courses, courses must be taken in sequence.
  • Students may choose to complete multiple certificates, or apply certificates to other degree programs, according to each program’s requirements (for eligible programs, see program web site

Course Coverage:

The Lean Quality in Production Certificate requires three courses:

ENGR 6230: Lean Six Sigma I - Learn the fundamentals of lean and six sigma philosophies and gain experience with a toolkit by applying them to a relevant work- place process. The Define, Measure, Analyze, Interpret, and Control (DMAIC) improvement cycle is used along with multiple tools for each step, including voice of customer (VOC), quality functional deployment (QFD), 5S, Kaizens, and plan-do-check-act (PDCA).

ENGR 6231: Lean Six Sigma II - Building on your DMAIC experience, identify new, high-value processes and learn to create them with the Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Optimize and Verify (DMADOV) approach. Build on prior experience in Lean Six Sigma 1, in the context of creating new processes, developing an elevator speech, data collection and statistical methods for design of experiments (DOE), root cause analysis, and developing key performance indicators (KPIs) and dashboards.

ISYE 6970: Professional Project - Continue with the DMADOV approach to create new processes, with a set of unique and powerful tools to Design a new process, Optimize it, and Verify (DOV) so that the design meets quality standards. Learn and gain experience using factorial design, optimization with robust design principles and the Taguchi loss function, and verification of process performance with functional degradation testing and development of a control plan.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

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