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Master Black Belts are the cornerstone of an organization’s operational excellence, playing a critical role as change agents, trainers, mentors and project leaders. They develop and implement change initiatives and become a necessary member of an organization’s leadership team and it’s competitive advantage.
The Arizona State University’s Master Black Belt (MBB) program is designed to provide experienced, certified Black Belts the necessary technical knowledge and leadership competencies to become champions of Lean and Six Sigma within in today’s complex organizations. We believe the key method to developing new leaders is to encourage freethinking and individual discovery. We present technical tools and leadership competencies that enable participants to solve their own unique problems. The emphasis is on power thinking for new solutions and balancing innovation with the hard science of practical deployment, not on memorizing set solutions.
The program was developed and is taught by award winning ASU faculty and industry experts, and weaves the development of advanced technical expertise with strategic leadership skills. Participants are equipped to meet the challenges of driving quantifiable improvements and successfully leading change in their organizations. They will draw on the extensive practical experience of the instructors, learning how to implement the tools, how to be creative problem solvers and how to work with senior leaders as a strategic partner.
Technical expertise topics include:
Strategic leadership topics include:
Participants completing the ASU Master Black Belt program will:
Participants are required to attend a 5-day intensive on-campus program, followed by completion of a White Paper (maximum of 20 pages). The White Paper is meant to be a strategic planning document that can be used in the participant’s organization, addressing questions such as:
A unique aspect to the ASU Master Black Belt program, which supports development of the White Paper as well as your continued learning, is access to five additional online courses. These resource courses, made available through ASU’s online course management system - Blackboard, are:
This program is aimed at senior and mid-level level leaders and other professionals certified as Six Sigma Black Belts, with 3+ years of black belt experience and 3+ documented projects.
Participants should be well versed in the concepts and methodologies of Six Sigma and have current working knowledge of the Six Sigma statistical tool-set. The following two credentials are required for acceptance into the program:
We ask that candidates submit basic credentials for review prior to acceptance into the program.