Design for Six Sigma - Black Belt

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Approximately 40 self-paced hours

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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. After earning your DFSS Green Belt, learn more advanced statistical analysis techniques and prepare to meet customer-driven design objectives by earning your Black Belt certification.


  • 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


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

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.

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.

Black Belt Level II participants must have successfully completed our Design for Six Sigma Green Belt 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.

To view technical requirements, click here.

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.

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).


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 or equivalent software (SPSS, STAT SOFT, SAS).

If your organization does not offer Minitab please email [email protected] and Nexus will help provide access for this course.

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.

Six Sigma Content Subscription

Interested in maintaining access to course materials after you earn your certification? Purchase a 1-year Six Sigma Content Subscription and retain access to your Canvas account.


Pat Hammett

Pat Hammett, PhD

  • Lead Faculty, Six Sigma Programs
  • Associate Chair of Masters Education, Integrative Systems + Design
  • Lecturer, College of Engineering
Don Lynch

Don Lynch, PhD

  • Instructor, Nexus
  • Vice President of Quality, Strategy, and Transformation, SKF USA Inc.

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Six Sigma Content Subscription

Interested in maintaining access to course materials after you earn your certification? Purchase a 1-year Six Sigma Content Subscription and retain access to your Canvas account.

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