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Constraints Management Graduate Certificate

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) certificate focuses on the management of the limiting factors of any system. By providing specific methods of managing variability, TOC creates exceptional performance very quickly and then encourages a process on an on-going improvement through the focused use of LEAN and Six Sigma tools. The TOC methods apply to every level of the organization and at every level of maturity. As a result, using TOC over time results in a stable and ever-improving organization. This certificate teaches the TOC proven solutions and the TOC thinking process for new solutions. It includes managing people, processes, projects, finances, and strategy for a company. Students with this certificate have become Technical Fellows at Boeing, senior managers at many companies, CEOs of technical companies, program leads, research directors, and independent consultants. Students taking this certificate in the past include engineers, medical doctors, judges, cost analyst, rocket scientist, cabinet makers, professors, and consultants.

Career Benefits and Advancement

With the growing demand for Critical Chain project managers and TOC experts in production and distribution, many professionals have been able to advance in their careers with this credential. Students completing this certificate program have gone on to become technical fellows at Boeing, senior managers at numerous companies, CEOs of technical companies, program leads, research directors, and independent consultants. When completed, you will be able to:

  • Implement the TOC solutions, which are highly effective, and organize and lead successful project teams.
  • Be an effective ‘change agent’ who can lead rapid improvement efforts and stabilize organizations. This talent applies with internal and external consulting, as well as management positions.
  • Take the TOC certification exams in supply chain logistics, project management, TOC thinking process, and business strategy given by the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

Certificate Requirements

Students must successfully complete three courses (9 credit hours). Course descriptions and syllabi can be found on the Individual Courses page.

  1. E M 526 Constraints Management
  2. E M 530 Applications of Constraints Management
  3. E M 570 Systems Improvement: Integrating TOC, Lean, and Six Sigma

* E M 534 Contemporary Topics in Constraints Management can substitute E M 570 for the third requirement.


Minimum requirements for admission to the certificate program include:

  • a bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • a personal statement
  • a résumé

Because the certificates consist of regular graduate courses, admission to the graduate school is still necessary.

Learn more about admission to the program.


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