Advance your career beyond project management with the UW-Madison’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate, the highest level of business process improvement.

Is this program right for you?

Lean Six Sigma is a step-by-step method of interventions and statistical tools that allows companies to understand which business processes are not performing as needed; identify root causes of problems; and sustain gains in improvements. Graduates of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate are highly sought-after individuals because they know that in order to improve business results, you have to improve processes.


Those embarking on the Six Sigma Black Belt certification have already completed the Yellow and Green Belt certifications. Black Belt graduates are skilled in using quantitative analysis, communication, stakeholder relations, change management, and project leadership as cornerstones to problem-solving instead of relying on intuition and emotion. They have also chosen Process Improvement as a career path and long-term profession.


You’ll choose 4 electives from the following courses: New Product Development and Innovation; Quantitative Methods for Process Improvement; Project Leadership Communication; Project Portfolio Management; Value Stream Mapping and Modeling; Change Management; Project Facilitation, Consulting, and Meeting Management; and Sales and Operations Planning.


You learn in a full-day, face-to-face environment with students from diverse backgrounds and instructors who combine academic rigor with practical experience. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be Six Sigma Black Belt certified by the University of Wisconsin, receiving alumni status and peer networking connections to last a lifetime.


What you Learn

  • Understand statistical analysis to dissect complex business problems
  • Learn techniques to improve communication with teams, executives, and customers
  • Develop methods for creating greater buy-in for project deliverables
  • Manage multiple interrelated projects
  • Prioritize projects in a way that creates value for the organization and its customers
  • Improve your ability to recognize when organizational change is needed to create a more forward-looking enterprise
  • Understand how to align individuals and departments with new goals while fostering a culture of self-direction and encouragement

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face in full-day sessions at the Fluno Center on the UW-Madison campus or online and self-paced for Quantitative Methods for Process Improvement


  • Choose 4 electives
  • The face-to-face courses are offered multiple times per year, and the certificate can be completed within a 7 year timeframe

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All applicants must:

  • Participants must have completed the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

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