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Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering

Course 4 of 4 in Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems

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  • START DATE February 19, 2024 More Dates
  • TIME COMMITMENT 4-6 hours per week
  • DURATION 4 weeks
  • FORMAT Online
  • PRICE $1,129


Gain the knowledge and skills you need to determine when, where, and how to employ quantitative methods in systems engineering. View the week by week schedule here.

  • Define the criteria and decisions to be answered with quantitative analysis.
  • Evaluate concept alternatives in order to recommend a preferred alternative.
  • Identify the multiple key cost and benefit criteria that frame a system decision opportunity.
  • Construct a value hierarchy for a stakeholder/beneficiary/decision-maker to inform system design decisions.
  • Articulate the core concepts of value based thinking.
  • Choose the relevant axes and representations for a tradespace.
  • Interpret the results of a tradespace and identify the fuzzy Pareto front in a tradespace.
  • Perform a sensitivity analysis.
  • Critique a decision analysis model by identifying sources of uncertainty and variation.


  • Aerospace, automotive, defense, consumer appliances, and manufacturing industry professionals

  • Engineers at original equipment manufacturers (OEM)

  • Any systems engineering professional, director, or senior manager looking to innovate and optimize their operational, manufacturing, and design systems

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Lori Strange, Program Manager, BAE Systems

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Bruce G. Cameron

Bruce G. Cameron

Director of the System Architecture Lab, MIT

Donna Rhodes

Donna Rhodes

Director, Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative, MIT

Adam Ross

Adam Ross

Research Scientist, MIT Socio-technical Systems Research Center Co-Founder, MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEARI)


To earn a Professional Certificate, you must complete the four courses in the program. For those who do not want to commit to the full program, courses can be taken on an individual basis. Savings apply when enrolling into the full program.

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Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis

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