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Lean Systems

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose the Lean Systems Certificate?

The Lean Systems Certificate prepares individuals for technical and non-technical careers in lean systems and six sigma management. It specifically integrates the Lean concepts (process efficiency), Six Sigma (process quality), and leadership techniques (employee centric) to assist the organization in achieving and sustaining optimal employee and organization/operational performance.

Career Opportunities

If you are the type of person that likes to take a process and make it better, this certificate could be for you! Have you ever performed a task and through it could be improved? This certificate content addresses how to improve tasks/processes in a repeatable and successful manner. The Lean Systems certificate has been recognized as a professional development educational tool that adds value to internal operations. The applicability of the certificate extends from hospitals to manufacturing to retail and to the front office as a method to increase overall efficiencies and organizational performance.

Admission Requirements

Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate COB certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major.

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates.

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  • Unless it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, applicants need only show proof of a 2.35 high school GPA. An advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office. 

Graduation Requirements

A Ferris student will receive the Lean Systems Certificate after completion of the requirements for the certificate with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the certificate courses.

No more than 50 percent of the credits required for this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor will this minor be granted if more than six of the minor credits are specifically required in the student's major.

More Information

Ferris State University
College of Business Room 212
Management Department
119 South Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: 231-591-2427
Email:


Required Courses
Credit Hours

Lean Systems Certificate - 12 Credits

MGMT 412    Lean Culture and Skills Development
3
Six Sigma Process Management
3
or
Cost Mgmt. for Lean Systems
3
Lean Svc Enterprse & Leadershp
3
or
Lean Manufacturing
3
Select one course from the list below:
Managerial Leadership
3
Quality-Operations Mgmt
3
Lean Logistics and Supply Mgmt
3
MGMT Internship
1 TO 9
Supply Chain Management
3
Quality Control for Management
3
Minimum credit hours required:
12