Six Sigma Black Belt

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES215
Hours: 200
Fees: $2795.00 USD


This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible IE 7 and later browsers.

To access this program and Study Guide, you need only a Web-enabled computer. Black Belts should also have a general statistical software package, such as Minitab, the Black Belt XL software provided with the course, or (at the least) a functional copy of MS Excel.

This program includes the following materials for a complete learning experience:

  • Six Sigma Demystified by Paul Keller
  • Six Sigma Handbook by Thomas Pyzdek and Paul Keller
  • Black Belt XL software (Student License)
  • IQF Study Guide
  • IQF Certification Exam

Note: The use of the Black Belt XL software provided with the course is optional, and not strictly required for successful completion. The Black Belt XL software is installed as an add-on to MS Excel (versions 2010 and later) running in MS Windows and is not compatible with Mac computers. Students may procure other software to analyze data provided within the Excel files to achieve similar results; Or, students may simply view the solutions provided in the MS Excel files opened in either a Windows or Mac-based version of MS Excel.


Black Belt candidates generally have college degrees in industry-related fields, including business, engineering, or sciences. They are comfortable using mathematics, are experienced problem solvers, have college-level reading comprehension skills, and are proficient in using Windows-based computer software, including Microsoft Office and general statistical software packages. You should also have Excel 2010 or any more recent version of Excel in order to complete the program.

This program is for you if you have the appropriate prerequisites and the desire to lead teams using the DMAIC methodology and advanced statistical tools.

After completing this program, you will be eligible to work toward the International Quality Federation (IQF) certification, which is a Six Sigma industry standard certification. The IQF certification does not come through your accredited college or university; it is something you will need to work toward on your own. You will have the option to sit for the IQF certification exam at the end of your program without additional charge.

A study guide for the IQF exam is included in your program registration materials, and the program itself prepares you for much of the knowledge you need for the IQF certification exam.

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