Professional Certifications

Obtain value-added credentials

All MBA students at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics have the opportunity to earn the following professional certifications while enrolled in the program:

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt 

The certificate course is designed to educate students on the Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) process and associated tool sets. The Gatton College partners with the LeanCor Supply Chain Group, a trusted supply chain partner with a mission to advance the world’s supply chains. LeanCor’s three integrated divisions – LeanCor Training and Education, LeanCor Consulting, and LeanCor Logistics – specialize in Lean and Six Sigma principles that help organizations eliminate waste, drive down costs, and build operational excellence into their supply chains. The education process consists of virtual lectures, four in-class review sessions, and three on-going coaching sessions. As part of the education process, students are tested on their conceptual knowledge of six sigma principles and are expected to apply these principles to a company’s real-world process to achieve their Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Project Management 

This certificate course is designed to educate students on the three P’s of project management: Purpose, Process, and People. The training methodology includes a mix of instruction and application to real world case studies. In order to successfully complete the training program and earn their certification, participants must attend all of the training and complete a short written take home examination. Through participating in the training, participants satisfy PMI’s requirements to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) examination.

Global Commerce and Strategy 

This certificate course is designed to educate students on foundational aspects of international business. The Gatton College partners with the World Trade Center Kentucky, a leading provider of trade education, consulting, and business trade missions.  Subject matter experts will also guest speak and provide guidance on certain topics. The training consists of approximately 20 classroom hours covering topics including:

  • Import and export
  • Global branding and positioning
  • International risk management
  • Global currency
  • Foreign trade agreements
  • International legal considerations 

Please note: Each certification decision is determined by the certifying authority, not the Gatton College, and is not subject to appeal through University procedures.


For more information on these professional certifications, please contact:

Karl Gustafson
Lecturer and Project Connect Leader
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.323.4134 (office) | karl.gustafson@uky.edu