Graduate CertificateFoundations of Six Sigma and Quality Improvement

The graduate certificate in Foundations of Six Sigma and Quality Improvement from Wichita State is for industry professionals wanting to enhance their skills in quality engineering and six sigma methodology. The program includes most of the Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) requirements outlined by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and detailed coverage of applied statistical and managerial techniques most useful for process improvement, resource management and design optimization.

Learn how Foundations of Six Sigma and Quality Improvement is the right fit for you.

Graduate students working in NIAR lab.


The certificate comprises 12 credit hours chosen from the following courses:

  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Statistical Methods for Engineers
  • Design of Experiments
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Quality Engineering
  • Independent Study in Industrial Engineering
  • Advanced Independent Study

Admission to the program

There are two paths to admission to the program:

Inside the Program

Successful NASA career started at Wichita State

When he was a high school student considering where to go to college, Alex Kanelakos looked for the best opportunity to get an education that provided real, hands-on work in his field. 

He chose WSU when he learned about its relationship with NASA. To say it worked out well for him is an understatement.

After graduating in 2007, Alex immediately got a job at NASA.

He now carries one of the heaviest responsibilities at mission control: training space station crew members for space walks in giant swimming pools, then monitoring them in space.

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