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Design for Six Sigma Black Belt

Earn your DFSS certification from the University of Michigan - 100% online

It is estimated that 70-80% of quality problems originate in product definition and design. The Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology aims to preempt those problems by translating customer requirements into functional requirements — ensuring more robust product, service, and process designs. Learn more advanced statistical analysis techniques and earn your Black Belt certification prepared to meet customer-driven design objectives. 

Key Information

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Start Date



365 days

Time Commitment

Approximately 40 self-paced hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Module Topics

The DFSS Black Belt course is comprised of 16 modules which cover the following themes: 

  1. Conventional Design of Experiments
  2. Taguchi Design of Experiment (Static and Dynamic)
  3. Response Surface Methodology
  4. Multi-Response Analysis and Desirability
  5. Central Composite Designed Experiments
  6. Reliability Analysis/System Allocation
Time Commitment and Work Pace

Estimated: 40 self-paced hours

All requirements must be completed within 365 days after your start date. If you do not complete the course by your completion deadline, you will be required to re-enroll at a reduced cost of $500.

This is a self-paced online course consisting of 16 lecture modules, 4 exercises, and a DFSS Black Belt certification exam.

Certification Requirements

Participants pursuing their University of Michigan Design for Six Sigma Black Belt Certification are required to:

  • Earn your U-M DFSS Green Belt Certification
  • Complete all required online lecture modules
  • Complete all testing exercises with an overall cumulative score > 80%
  • Complete the DFSS Black Belt Certification Exam with a score > 80%
Upon successful completion, you will be provided your University of Michigan Design for Six Sigma Sigma Black Belt Certification.
Prerequisites & Technical Requirements

Black Belt Level II participants must have successfully completed our Design for Six Sigma Green Belt Level I course. In addition, this course requires the usage of Minitab® statistical software (or equivalent) and includes more advanced statistical analysis tools. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (or equivalent) is recommended.

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Administrative/Online Technical Support

Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). 

Content Questions/Certification Project Support

Candidates are welcome to contact the course instructors for content questions and project support. The instructors will provide support via e-mail, phone consultation, and/or online videoconferencing.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand advanced tools and techniques to assess performance of functional requirements and quality metrics, including techniques for optimization and validation
  • Apply statistical and graphical analysis tools to support testing and evaluation processes
  • Apply Design for Six Sigma Methods toward the development of new products and services

Who Should Take This Course

Design for Six Sigma Black Belt is aimed at Product Designers, Manufacturing Engineers, and Project Managers working in new product development who have applied statistical analysis training (e.g., Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Quality Engineer, or equivalent).

Software Requirements

The assignment exercises and case studies involve the extensive use of Minitab (not Minitab Express) Statistical Software for analysis. Lectures and assignments are developed for Minitab 17 or higher or equivalent software (SPSS, STAT SOFT, SAS).

Minitab 13-16 also are acceptable, though some menus may appear different than those shown in lecture.


1. Install VMWare Fusion for Mac. Download:

2. Create a Windows Virtual machine using VMWare Fusion.

3. Install Minitab (Full version) inside the newly created Virtual Windows machine.

Instructional Team

Patrick Hammett, PhD
Patrick Hammett, PhD
Lead Faculty, Six Sigma Programs
Lecturer, College of Engineering
Don Lynch, PhD
Don Lynch, PhD
Instructor, Nexus
Vice President of Quality, Strategy, and Transformation, SKF USA Inc.

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