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.

Access top-notch research from MIT's faculty and case studies from industry experts.

Join over 2,200 engineers across the world who are making better engineering decisions after taking this program. Courses can be taken independently to earn CEUs.


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Systems Engineering expertise is essential in almost every technical role in Boeing. As the systems we create become increasingly complex, the strategies, tools and process we use to architect and design these systems continue to evolve. As a part of Boeing’s investment in technical excellence and the continuous development of its technical team, we’ve partnered with MIT and NASA to provide this important training in a format designed to leverage the most advanced learning methods and accommodate almost any schedule.

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 team’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.


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.

Program Number: SysEngBx
Program Title: Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems
Current Spring Date: January 8, 2018 - June 18, 2018
Future Fall Date: September 17, 2018 - March 18, 2019
Cost: $325 per course
Grade: Pass/Fail
Total CEUs: 8.5
Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per week
Future Run Program Enrollment Date: 
Opens August 2018
Learning Format: Online


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, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

How to Enroll

Boeing employees: This program is eligible for the Learning Together Program. Please check your eligibility to participate and then follow these instructions to enroll:

  1. You may take one or all four courses; however, you will only earn the full certificate if you complete all four courses within one year of the course start date. 
    Please enroll as a "Certificate" program in the LTP system and add courses to that enrollment. Courses may be added within 60 days of the course start date. Each course is $325. Program refunds are given (no questions asked) through the first Friday of Course 1.
  2. Go to TotalAccess > Career & Learning > Training & Development > Learning Together Program (LTP) > My LTP to enroll in the LTP system. You must complete all required fields on the LTP online enrollment. Employees in the U.S. will populate a tuition voucher for billing purposes for each course by way of the LTP enrollment. Employees outside the U.S. will upload the school's document of tuition cost for payment purposes for each course.
  3. Send an email to:
    This email must contain the following information:
    Subject line: Boeing Enrollment to MIT SysEngBx
    Attach your payment method: Voucher (US employees only); check with your local payment office (employees outside the US)
    Your Name
  4. Within 1 week, you will receive an email
    from with specific instructions on next steps to enroll in the program.
  5. Questions about the LTP enrollment process? Please contact TotalAccess. Questions about the program? Contact

Note: You may add courses to your LTP enrollment that begin within 60 days of the course start date.

Course 1: Architecture of Complex Systems

Course Number: SysEngxB1
Upcoming Run: September 17, 2018 - October 22, 2018
CEUs: 2.5
Amount: $325

Drop deadline to avoid repayment: 9/21/18

Course 2: Models in Engineering

Course Number: SysEngxB2
Upcoming Run: February 26, 2018 - March 26, 2018
CEUs: 2.0
Amount: $325

Drop deadline to avoid repayment: 3/2/18

Future Run: November 5, 2018 - December 10, 2018

Drop deadline to avoid repayment: 11/9/18

Course 3: Model-Based Systems Engineering

Course Number: SysEngxB3
Upcoming Run: April 9, 2018 - May 7, 2018
CEUs: 2.0
Amount: $325

Drop deadline to avoid repayment: 4/13/18

Future Run: January 7, 2019 - February 4, 2019

Drop deadline to avoid repayment: 1/11/19

Course 4: Quantitative Methods In Systems Engineering

Course Number: SysEngxB4
Upcoming Run: February 19, 2018 - March 19, 2018
CEUs: 2.0
Amount: $325

Drop deadline to avoid repayment: 2/23/18

Future Run: May 21, 2018 - June 18, 2018

Drop deadline to avoid repayment: 5/25/18