Six Sigma Minor

Six Sigma is a highly disciplined process that puts sharp focus on developing and delivering near-perfect products and services. It has been used to shape both the strategy and operation of companies of all sizes and sectors. Six Sigma provides a framework for quality improvement and innovation that builds upon statistical tools to achieve results. 

The Six Sigma Minor is an 18-credit minor designed for any student who is interested in the Six Sigma statistical methodology. Students completing the minor should:

  • Be knowledgeable about why organizations use Six Sigma and how they apply its philosophy and goals
  • Gain experience with using the define, measure, analyze, improve, control (DMAIC) methodology for problem solving
  • Gain experience with using the define, measure, analyze, design, optimize, verify (DMADOV) methodology for new product innovation
  • Understand the links between customer requirements, product specifications, and process capability
  • Understand the theory and application of regression analysis, design of experiments, and statistical quality control
  • Be familiar with the project selection process including knowing when to use the Six Sigma methodology

Requirements for industrial engineering students

The minor requires 18 credits of course work as follows: 

Requirements for students in other majors

The final two courses, I E 434 and I E 436, must be taken by all students in the minor. Non-industrial engineering students may make the substitutions listed below:

Entrance to minor

Students can register for the Six Sigma minor through LionPATH.


M. Jeya Chandra oversees the Six Sigma minor. 

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