Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems

Explore state-of-the-art practices in systems engineering with the award-winning four-course online program from MIT

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  • START DATE January 27, 2020 More Dates
  • TIME COMMITMENT 4-6 hours per week
  • DURATION 4-5 weeks per course
  • FORMAT Online
  • PRICE $3,249


Explore the newest practices in systems engineering, including how models can enhance system engineering functions and how systems engineering tasks can be augmented with quantitative analysis.

  • Understand complex systems, the analysis of complex systems, and model management.
  • Frame systems architecture as a series of decisions, which can be actively sorted, managed, and optimized to suit your organization’s needs.
  • Articulate the benefits and challenges of Model-Based Systems Engineering.
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of the key aspects of systems engineering.
  • Provide constructive criticism on the system architecture representations of others, including checking for completeness and consistency.
  • Understand the basic principles of verifying and validating models.


  • 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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    Gain insights from leading MIT faculty and industry experts from Boeing and NASA, US Air Force, GE, GM, Apple, MAN Truck, and Bus AG.

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More than 6,300 professionals have taken this program from over 900 companies like Boeing, Caterpillar, Ford, GM, U.S. Navy, Raytheon, Shell, and Whirlpool


Siddharth Kshirsagar, System Performance Engineer, Cummins Inc.

Architecture and Systems Engineering Professional Certificate has motivated me about the need of system engineering in our daily work life. No matter…

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Michael UY, Senior Principal Engineer, Northrup Grumman

It was a great program with many tangible working tools that were immediately applicable to projects I had going on during my time in the certificate…

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Neena Rajan, Engineering Project Manager, Siemens - Healthcare

If I had to borrow one quote to summarize what I gained from this course, it would be the quote by Lou Holtz: "It's not the load that breaks you down…

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Ron Aditya, Spacecraft GNC Engineer, Lockheed Martin

This program has helped me develop the system level perspective necessary to decompose complex system architecture problems and solve them in ways th…

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Martin Ryschka, Production Manager, Allgaier de Puebla, Mexico

During my time studying for the MBSE course, I realized that the architecture of models begins where the engineering part ends.


Jorge Samayoa, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Georg Fischer Signet LLC

I believe [my new knowledge] will increase our ability to assure and deliver quality to our customers, streamline our development process and improve…

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Lori Strange, Program Manager, BAE Systems

I can definitely say that I have learned more about Systems Engineering, decomposing a system, architectural frameworks, and roles of the System Arch…

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Nick Luther, Staff Engineer, Plexus Corp

This course provides a structured way of thinking which I can apply to frame architectural and other critical decisions.


Michael Richey, Chief Learning Scientist, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

The certificate [program] blends industry and academic expertise and represents a scalable solution for employers.


Clayton Smith, Aerodynamicist, General Atomics

I had high expectations and they were adequately met! The content was just what I'd hoped.


Barry O'Reilly, Founder, Black Tulip Technology

I loved the course, even if it was intimidating to study with so many “real engineers”. I’m using what I learned to change the way we do architecture…

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Jordan Tuzsuzov, Chief Engineer, Visteon Corporation

How to think holistically for the system, to design, model, compose and decompose it - this is what I have learned with MIT's "Architecture and Syste…

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Edward F. Crawley

Edward F. Crawley

Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Bruce G. Cameron

Bruce G. Cameron

Director of the System Architecture Lab, MIT

Olivier L. de Weck

Olivier L. de Weck

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering Systems, MIT, Editor-in-Chief of Systems Engineering, INCOSE Fellow

Dov Dori

Dov Dori

Professor, Technion and MIT

Steven Eppinger

Steven Eppinger

General Motors LGO Professor of Management Science, 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)

Warren Hoburg

Warren Hoburg

Boeing Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Astronaut Candidate

Greg Hyslop

Greg Hyslop

Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology, The Boeing Company

Lt. Col(s) Kate Cantu

Lt. Col(s) Kate Cantu

Commander, 45th LCSS, US Air Force

Christi A. Gau Pagnanelli

Christi A. Gau Pagnanelli

Director, Systems Engineering Boeing Defense, Space and Security, The Boeing Company

J. Robert Wirthlin

J. Robert Wirthlin

Senior Strategist for Vehicle Systems Engineering General Motors

Roy Primus

Roy Primus

Senior Principal Engineer, Combustion Systems Organization, General Electric

Hedley Apperly MSc (hons) MA

Hedley Apperly MSc (hons) MA

VP Solution Management MBSE, Solutions Group, PTC

Barclay Brown

Barclay Brown

Engineering Fellow, Raytheon

Matthias Kreimeyer

Matthias Kreimeyer

Head of Product Strategy & Product Management Truck, MAN Truck and Bus AG


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.

Architecture of Complex Systems Architecture of Complex Systems

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Models in Engineering Models in Engineering

Course 2 of 4 in Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems

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

Course 3 of 4 in Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems

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Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering

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