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Education for Working Professionals

Lean Quality in Production

Graduate Certificate

Innovative processes can deliver growth and profit, but what about the outdated processes that slow you down? Process is the lifeblood of business. When results aren’t satisfactory, change is required. The powerful, proven tools of lean and six sigma help diagnose and fix issues and create new, innovative processes. Rensselaer’s Graduate Certificate in Lean Quality in Production prepares you with these methodologies to fix existing processes and create new ones.

Online Application and Important Dates

Informational Webinars

Attend a participatory webinar with Rensselaer’s Education for Working Professionals faculty to fully understand the distinctions of these programs designed with you in mind. Webinar participants receive a $75 application fee waiver for attending. Let us know we can expect you with an RSVP.

Informational Webinar Schedule

Certificate Information

  • You can begin the certificate in January, May, or August
  • Each course is 3 credit hours, the certificate is 3 course, 9 credit hours to complete
  • The certificate’s blended online delivery reflects today’s dynamic workplace
  • Practitioner faculty guide the completion of project work that relates to your career objectives
  • The program results in a graduate level Certificate in Lean Quality in Production from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Courses are taken for credit, and successful completion requires a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • As each of the courses build upon prior courses, courses must be taken in sequence.
  • Students may choose to complete multiple certificates, or apply certificates to other degree programs, according to each program’s requirements (for eligible programs, see program web site at ewp.rpi.edu)

Course Coverage:

The Lean Quality in Production Certificate requires three courses:

ENGR 6230: Lean Six Sigma I - Learn the fundamentals of lean and six sigma philosophies and gain experience with a toolkit by applying them to a relevant work- place process. The Define, Measure, Analyze, Interpret, and Control (DMAIC) improvement cycle is used along with multiple tools for each step, including voice of customer (VOC), quality functional deployment (QFD), 5S, Kaizens, and plan-do-check-act (PDCA).

ENGR 6231: Lean Six Sigma II - Building on your DMAIC experience, identify new, high-value processes and learn to create them with the Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Optimize and Verify (DMADOV) approach. Build on prior experience in Lean Six Sigma 1, in the context of creating new processes, developing an elevator speech, data collection and statistical methods for design of experiments (DOE), root cause analysis, and developing key performance indicators (KPIs) and dashboards.

ISYE 6970: Professional Project - Continue with the DMADOV approach to create new processes, with a set of unique and powerful tools to Design a new process, Optimize it, and Verify (DOV) so that the design meets quality standards. Learn and gain experience using factorial design, optimization with robust design principles and the Taguchi loss function, and verification of process performance with functional degradation testing and development of a control plan.

Accelerated Application Process

A dedicated admissions officer will guide you through the process from start to finish as you prepare and submit all of the required application components.
An admissions decision will be made within 2 weeks of application submission.

Accelerated Application Requirements:

Application Component

Completed By Applicant

Requested By Applicant

Online Application

Official Transcripts


Personal Statement

Two letters of recommendation

$75 Application Fee

You are invited to apply online at https://ewp.rpi.edu/apply.html. Please make arrangements to have official copies of your transcripts sent to us via email at or by postal mail to: Graduate Admissions, Admissions Building, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180-3590. All other documents are received via the online application. We look forward to reviewing your graduate certificate application to Rensselaer!

For More Information

Complete an Inquiry Form: https://apply.rpi.edu/register/APSinquiry
The online application and important dates are found at: https://ewp.rpi.edu/apply.html
For More Information contact Bonnie Sofarelli, 860-548-5331