Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems A four-course online program leading to a Professional Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Our world runs on increasingly complex systems. Engineers face a critical challenge in designing, managing, and optimizing these systems for the rapidly changing products of tomorrow.

Employing industry case studies and the latest in systems thinking from MIT, this four-course certificate program explores models and methods in systems engineering. You will gain a knowledge base in complex systems, analysis of complex systems, and model management that will impact how you approach and solve problems. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to frame systems architecture as a series of decisions, which can be actively sorted, managed, and optimized to suit you and your organization’s needs.


This certificate is especially relevant for those in aerospace, automotive, and defense industries, and engineers at original equipment manufacturers (OEM). It’s also designed for systems engineering professionals, directors, and senior managers across a number of industries looking to innovate and optimize their operational, manufacturing, and design systems. Departmental teams are encouraged to apply here.


Leveraging industry case studies and the latest thinking from MIT, this four-course certificate program explores 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.

By the end of the program you will:

  • Understand complex systems, 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.

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To earn a Professional Certificate, you must complete the four courses in the program, however, courses can be taken independently as well.

Spring Date: February 11, 2019 - July 22, 2019


Learning Format: Online
Cost: $849 per course / $2,499 for entire program (Over $800 savings when you sign up for complete program)
Total CEUs: 8.5

Enterprise pricing available for businesses and corporations. More information >


Program Highlights

Video tutorials and research-based content from a host of MIT professors.

Guest lectures from industry experts from Boeing and NASA, US Air Force, General Electric, General Motors, Apple, MAN Truck and Bus AG.

Learn online - when and where you would like - as long as you complete each module by the assigned time.

Earn a Professional Certificate and CEUs from MIT.

Robust collaborative environment to network and connect with students.

Group projects based on real-world examples.

Meet the Instructors

Chairman of the Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems online program, Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Faculty Director of the Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems online program, Director of the System Architecture Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bruce Cameron is the Director of the System Architecture Lab at MIT and a co-founder of Technology Strategy Partners (TSP), a boutique consulting firm. His research interests at MIT include technology strategy, system architecture, and the management of product platforms. Dr. Cameron has directed research projects for BP, Sikorsky, Nokia, Caterpillar, NSTAR, AMGEN, Verizon, NASA, and ESA. Prior to MIT, Dr. Cameron worked as an engagement manager at a management consultancy and as a system engineer at MDA Space Systems, and has built hardware currently in orbit. Dr. Cameron received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and graduate degrees from MIT.

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Editor-in-Chief of Systems Engineering, INCOSE Fellow

Professor, Technion and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

General Motors LGO Professor of Management Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Director, Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

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

Meet the Industry Experts

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

Commander, 45th LCSS, US Air Force

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

Senior Strategist for Vehicle Systems Engineering General Motors

Senior Principal Engineer, Combustion Systems Organization, General Electric

VP Solution Management MBSE, Solutions Group, PTC

Global Solution Executive, IBM

Head of Product Strategy & Product Management Truck, MAN Truck and Bus AG
  • Working professionals need to continuously acquire new skills and knowledge. MIT is actively connecting with industry to cater to the needs of the global workforce. MIT’s collaboration with Boeing and NASA is an exciting opportunity to bring scalability and high quality online learning to thousands of engineers around the world.
    Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Advancing the state of the art in Systems Engineering tools, methods, application, and training is vital to the success of our increasingly complex systems.
    Ralph Roe, NASA's Chief Engineer
  • To manage complex, highly interdependent designs, traditional systems engineering methods need to evolve to incorporate modern modeling and simulation capabilities. Incorporating these capabilities into systems engineering enables designs that would be nearly impossible to produce affordably with current methods.
    Christi Gau Pagnanelli, Boeing— Director of Systems Engineering
  • This partnership with MIT, edX and NASA blends the expertise of industry, government and a world-class academic institution to provide a unique educational experience in an area of critical importance, namely systems engineering (…)That’s a win, win, win for all of us involved and for the future of aerospace innovation as it’s now applied to learning.
    Greg Hyslop, Boeing senior vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology