Model-Based Systems Engineering:
Documentation and Analysis

Course 3 of 4 that comprises the Architecture and Systems Engineering Professional Certificate Program. Learn the intent, representations, and functions of MBSE.

Current Run: January 7, 2019 - February 4, 2019
Duration: 4 Weeks
Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per week
Learning Format: Online
CEUs: 2.0
Cost: $849 per course / $2,499 for entire program (Over $800 savings when you sign up for complete program)

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This online course introduces students to the intent, representations, and functions of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). Students will create MBSE representations of a system, and they will articulate the purpose of the representations. From this foundation of MBSE, the course will transition to a discussion of the management challenges of MBSE – model repositories, model curation, and model integration. Students will analyze best practices of MBSE in industry through case studies, which will enable them to develop judgment about what functions are possible to accomplish with MBSE.


This course 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.


Many of the world’s top companies are exploring the opportunities—and challenges—of Model-Based Systems Engineering. Learn the intent, representations, and functions of MBSE.

By the end of the course you will:

  • Identify the core tenets of MBSE and the situations in which it is recommended.
  • Distinguish the differences between MBSE and traditional systems engineering.
  • Choose an appropriate scope, define the purpose, and define the approach for an MBSE project.
  • Describe the intent and basic structure of SysML, and interpret a simple SysML model.
  • Critique a project’s implementation of MBSE using a set of criteria.
  • Build a model management plan.
  • Reference existing industry examples of MBSE to anchor choices about the scope of MBSE to undertake, and communicate potential approaches using industry examples as signposts.

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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.

Current Fall Date: September 17, 2018 - March 18, 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

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, Technion and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

Meet the Industry Experts

BCS Senior Systems Engineer, The Boeing Company

VP Solution Management MBSE, Solutions Group, PTC

Global Solution Executive, IBM

Commander, 45th LCSS, US Air Force

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

Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

Associate Technical Fellow, Systems Engineering Boeing Defense and Space, The Boeing Company

BDS MBSE and Functional Integration Manager, The Boeing Company

Space Launch Systems Systems Engineering, Integration, and Test Senior Leader Boeing Defense and Space Systems, Product Development

Member of the Strategic Engineering Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Senior Systems Engineer, Boeing Defense and Security, Functional Integration, The Boeing Company

Senior Strategist for Vehicle Systems Engineering, General Motors

Department Head, Emerging Technologies, Systems Engineering Technology Center, The MITRE Corporation