Master Black Belt Certification

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Upcoming Course

August 6, 2018 to August 10, 2018

Program Fee

$5,500.00

*Online registration closes 5 days before the date of the class.

Contact Information

For more information on professional programs or certifications contact:

Professional & Executive Education
exec-fseonline@asu.edu
(480) 727-4189

or fill out our "Request for Information" form at the bottom of the page. 

Program Description

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 accredited by Ira A.Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU is designed to provide experienced, certified Black Belts the necessary technical knowledge and leadership competencies to become champions of Lean and Six Sigma 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.

Program Topics

Technical expertise topics include:

  • Advanced Design of Experiments
  • Advanced Design for Six Sigma
  • Multiple Regression
  • Logistic Regression and Categorical Data Analysis
  • Advanced Quality Control and Forecasting

Strategic leadership topics include:

  • Strategic Planning for OpEx
  • OpEx project definition, planning, financing and execution
  • Change Management
  • Organizational Challenges; Dynamics and Mentoring
  • Achieving Innovation through OpEx

Learning Outcomes

Participants completing the ASU Master Black Belt program will:

  • Be competent in the skills required of Operational Excellence leadership
  • Be competent in balancing their technical expertise with business acumen to be successful change agents
  • Become role models for Black Belts and other Lean Six Sigma professionals
  • Become conversant in use of advanced Six Sigma tools
  • Be strong advocates of change management, and 
  • Leaders of Six Sigma culture

Earning a Certificate

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:

  • How is Lean and Six Sigma used in the organization?
  • What are the opportunities for Lean Six Sigma and their associated gaps?
  • How is your role of Master Black Belt defined and what are your responsibilities within the organization?
  • How do you plan to leverage the information learned in the course to improve deployment and impact of Lean and Six Sigma in the organization?

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:

  1. Lean Green Belt
  2. Design of Experiments
  3. Response Surface Methodology
  4. Design for Six Sigma
  5. Forecasting Time Series Analysis

Who Should Enroll

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.

Pre-requisites

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:

  • Certification from a project based, Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Program
  • Completion of at least three Black Belt level projects using DMAIC

We ask that candidates submit basic credentials for review prior to acceptance into the program.