Graduate CertificateLean Systems

Wichita State’s graduate certificate in lean systems provides advanced knowledge and methodology of lean systems design, evaluation and operation for practitioners in industry who are responsible for the development and management of production systems in the workplace. Curriculum focuses on the essential knowledge, analytical techniques, guidelines and contemporary issues in the design, evaluation and management of lean systems in industry.

Learn how Lean Systems is the right fit for you.

Engineering Graduate students working in NIAR lab.


To complete the certificate, you’ll choose 12 credit hours from the following courses:

  • Production Systems
  • Statistical Methods for Engineers
  • Design of Experiments
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Independent Study in Industrial Engineering

Students must complete the prerequisite, Operations Research I, before starting the certificate courses.

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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