Businesses that focus on manufacturing goods generally derive their success from the high-quality products they produce.  As someone certified in Six Sigma, you can apply your knowledge of production processes to reduce product defects and save companies thousands or even millions of dollars.

Through the Six Sigma program, you earn certificates to denote your level of expertise, including champion, black belt, green belt, etc.  Six Sigma was originally developed by Motorola in the mid 1980s and became popular after its adoption by General Electric in the mid 1990s.  The co-creator of Six Sigma, Mikel J. Harry, PhD, is an alumnus of Ball State (BS 1973, MA 1981).

You can apply your Six Sigma knowledge to countless areas of business, including banking & finance, accounting, marketing, education, call centers, distribution centers, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, retailing, telecommunications, engineering, construction, software industry, research & development, and even in military & defense.  Some job titles include:

  • Director of Business Process Transformation
  • Manager of Six Sigma Projects
  • Quality Engineer/Manager
  • Six Sigma Process Engineer
  • Six Sigma Director
  • Six Sigma Assistant to Chief Operations Officer (COO)
  • Six Sigma Assistant to School Principal or Superintendent

Six Sigma Minor Courses (15 credit hours)

  • ECON 221 Business Statistics or equivalent (3) or
  • GEOG 250 Spatial Analytical Methods (3) or 
  • MATH 221 Probability and Statistics (3) or
  • POLS 210 Pol Sci Res Methods (3) or
  • PSYS 241 Statistics (3) or
  • Equivalent (3)
  • ISOM 355 Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma (3)
  • ISOM 361 Simulation, Modeling, and Optimization (3)
  • TMFG 365 Advanced Six Sigma (3)-Fall
  • TMFG 465 Six Sigma Project 1 (3)-Spring

You can add a Professional Certificate, with permission, by completing the following:

  • TMFG 469 Six Sigma Project 2 (3)

You can also view the Minor in Six Sigma in the Undergraduate Course Catalog.