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Six Sigma Black Belt


The MSQA program provides students a path to earn a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Although there is no national certification body for a Six Sigma Black Belt, the American Society for Quality’s Black Belt Body of Knowledge was used for comparative purposes with the MSQA curriculum.


  1. Successfully complete the required courses for the MSQA degree with respect to the catalog you are under:
  • 2010-11 and earlier requires six courses
  • 2011-12 requires seven courses
  1. Successfully complete three electives:
  • QA6660 Six Sigma Concepts
  • QA6612 Design of Experiments
  • QA6600 Methods of Analysis
  1. Complete an industry-focused project under the supervision of an industry official and MSQA faculty.


The project will begin in QA6660 Six Sigma Concepts as part of the course and conclude under the supervision of the industry official and a MSQA faculty member. We strongly encourage students to complete the project before graduation but we will entertain extensions not to exceed one year. An example of an extension beyond graduation would be for those students who are not employed at the time of graduation. In these cases, a revised diploma would be provided at a nominal cost to include the Six Sigma Black Belt annotation.

Students who complete the curriculum requirements based on their catalog and the three electives but have not completed the project at the time of graduation would receive a department certification indicating that the Six Sigma Body of Knowledge was completed.