Master Black Belt Certification

Become a Leader in Operational Excellence as a Certified MBB


The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

Master Black Belt Program Overview

Accelerate your career with a Master Black Belt Certification from world‐class training partners

Together, MoreSteam and The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University offer students access to top educators, researchers, and practitioners in the field. Our joint faculty brings a variety of rich career experiences to focus class discussions on real-world problem-solving and practical application of process improvement concepts.

This program provides the flexibility for you to set your own schedule and to progress at your own pace. Graduates have completed the program in as little as 6 months; others have extended their training over a couple years. You decide the timing of attending the classroom sessions and completing the online courses. We're here to support your success.

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Master Black Belt Salary Trends
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Graduate Recommendations

  • The Master Black Belt program helped guide me, an experienced Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, towards a higher awareness of process excellence. The comprehensive, yet flexible, combination of classroom and online training helped prepare me to take my game to the next level.

    Tim R., Fresenius Medical Care North America

  • I got into the right program (the best) and learned way more than I thought I would...I made good contacts and good friends. [I'm] looking forward to continuing my relationship with MoreSteam!

    Rick W., Tremco, Inc.

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Where our graduates work:

  • Abbott
  • AbbVie
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Bridgestone
  • Cardinal Health
  • CareFusion
  • Daimler Truck
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Ecolab
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Geico
  • Jabil
  • KeyBank
  • Kroger
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Nationwide
  • NetJets
  • RCI Rogers
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Southwest Airlines
  • SpaceX
  • Tremco
  • USAA
  • USPS

Program Design

For over 20 years, MoreSteam and Fisher College of Business have been teaching Lean and Six Sigma to business leaders. We're proud to partner with Fisher which has consistently ranked among the best undergraduate and graduate business programs across the globe.

The MBB curriculum builds on your Lean Six Sigma Black Belt foundation and prepares you to lead complex enterprise-wide projects, develop the technical and process excellence skills of teams, and support organizational transformation at the executive level. Program topics keep you current on trending subject matter such as: Process Modeling and Lean Design, Lean Finance, Advanced Statistics and Data Analytics, Team Leadership, and Change Management. The program content is reviewed throughout the year to ensure it is aligned with current topics important across all industries.

A summary of the training and certification requirements are listed below.

graph from ASQ Quality Progress Article showing the increase in salary for those with MBB training

Program Details

Apply anytime to enter the program. Contact us for access to the online application which asks you to describe your prior training and project experience. All candidates must also provide a copy of their Black Belt certification.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in all online materials and are eligible to select your class sessions. You may complete the online training courses and classroom sessions in any order to best fit your schedule. Please note that candidates are required to have a laptop loaded with the latest version of Minitab before attending the Advanced Statistics class.

Along with completing the coursework, certification consists of three components: post-class exams, external presentation, and review of your project portfolio. Once these requirements are complete, successful certification candidates will receive a certificate as a Certified Master Black Belt issued jointly from MoreSteam and The Ohio State University.

Master Black Belt
Training + Certification

The enrollment fee covers all costs for the courses and materials as well as:

  • 71 hours of eLearning course work
  • 18 Months of access to EngineRoom featuring Process Playground
  • 1-Week In-Person Advanced Statistics & Leadership Workshop with Exam
  • 1-Week In-Person Advanced Lean & Finance Workshop with Exam
  • 1-on-1 Portfolio Project coaching & Presentation Support


Flexible Program Schedule

Workshop Location: Columbus, OH

The Advanced Statistics & Leadership and the Advanced Lean & Finance classes are each offered twice a year and can be taken interchangeably in any order to best fit your schedule.

Assistance with Budget Approval

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eLearning Online Course Work

Design for Lean Six Sigma
46 HRS
Fundamentals of Project Management
15 HRS
MBB Supplement
10 HRS

Advanced Statistics & Leadership

Next Session (in-person)40 HRS
  • September 11-15, 2023

Advanced Lean, Process Modeling & Finance

Next Sessions (in-person)40 HRS
  • November 13-17, 2023


Utilizing blended learning, students will learn online and in the classroom.
Balanced, relevant, and rigorous curriculum teaching skills in leadership, statistics, lean process modeling and more
Learn from highly qualified instructors from both OSU program faculty and MoreSteam.
The program features no extra fees and delivers content and instruction at an affordable price.

Program Faculty

Course material written by industry experts with years of experience, making this the most comprehensive and beneficial Master Black Belt program available.

The Ohio State University

Select a faculty member to learn about their background, areas of expertise, and courses taught.


Academic Director

Clinical Assistant Professor - Management Sciences


Clinical Assistant Professor - Management & Human Resources


Senior Lecturer - Finance


Abramowitz Memorial Professor

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research


Asst. Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, EY Faculty Fellow - Accounting & Management Information Systems


Frequently Asked Questions

When can I begin the course and how long does it take?

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please contact us for instructions on completing the short application form. We also require documentation of your Black Belt certification.

Upon acceptance into the program, you can begin the eLearning portion at any time. Each one of the advanced classroom trainings is offered twice a year (in the spring and fall). Students can attend the classroom trainings in the order that best suits their schedule.

Previous candidates have completed the program in as little as 6 months, although it is more typical to take 12-18 months to complete all the certification requirements.

What qualifications are needed for this program?

To qualify to enter the MBB certification program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Certification as a Black Belt from a reputable source
  • Five years of process improvement experience, including three years as a Black Belt

This rigorous program assumes a mastery of the full Black Belt body of knowledge as a foundation. Please review the full list of topics in the Black Belt Body of Knowledge to identify and resolve any gaps prior to starting the program. Our experience has shown that there is significant variability in training curriculums and certification requirements between training providers. To help you prepare, we provide our 140-hour Black Belt course so you can reinforce your foundational knowledge before you attend class.

Do I need a portfolio to become certified?

Yes. This is a real-world credential. Successful completion requires real demonstration and explanation of the strategic and value-added work that you have accomplished. Program leaders are also looking for how you have implemented thought-leadership in the design and execution of continuous improvement in your organization. Real-life is messy and complex. Your portfolio should offer a fair representation of how you've brought systematic problem-solving and process thinking to your employer.

What is included in the enrollment fee?

The program fee of $13,500 covers all costs for online courses, classes, workbooks, exams, and project portfolio review. Participants must have access to a laptop loaded with the latest version of Minitab. You can begin your enrollment by contacting MoreSteam.

  • Rescheduling Fee: A rescheduling fee of $500 will apply for changes made within four weeks of the scheduled classroom training.
  • Refunds: No refunds will be granted within 90 days of your first scheduled classroom session.

What are the System Requirements?

The following are system requirements for MoreSteam eLearning:

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows (7 and higher) or Apple Mac OS X
  • Display Properties Setting: Minimum 1024 x 768 screen resolution.
  • Audio: Optional audio in course.
  • Browser:
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  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Latest version
  • Note: The course content requires that any pop-up blocker be disabled.

No additional requirements are necessary for EngineRoom Web.

What is required of me to complete this program?

We will award certification upon satisfactory review of the following:

  • Passing score on the Master Black Belt exams (80%)
  • Presentation or publication in an external venue, either in person (such as a conference presentation) or in a written work
  • Your portfolio of project work, which must include at least five projects
  • Evidence of coaching/mentoring experience on ten projects
  • An oral interview

Why Choose MoreSteam? is the world's leading provider of online training, certification, and technology for Lean Six Sigma. By choosing us as your source of training, you will join a network of more than 600,000 professionals across the world, representing more than 50% of all Fortune 500 companies and several prestigious universities.

Simply put, we offer the most comprehensive and beneficial online Lean Six Sigma training available, and we pride ourselves on preparing students to thrive in whatever industry they pursue.