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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


Hundreds of organizations have used this program as part of their MBSE transformations. Download two of their stories here.

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Make better engineering decisions

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.

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

Over 8,000 professionals have taken this program and companies around the globe like Boeing, Ford, U.S. Navy, Shell, and Whirlpool are embracing this certification as a central part of their MBSE training and transformation. 

Watch industry leaders explain the importance of systems engineering training in their organizations.



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Architecture of Complex Systems

Course 1 of 4 in the Systems Engineering Program

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Models in Engineering

Course 2 of 4 in the Systems Engineering Program

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Model-Based Systems Engineering

Course 3 of 4 in the Systems Engineering Program

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Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering

Course 4 of 4 in the Systems Engineering Program

After This program, You Will Be Able To

What Learners And Companies Are Saying

Over 8,000 professionals have taken this program and are now making better engineering decisions


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 in which field you are working, Systems Engineering techniques and principles can be easily applied to have better credibility and reliability about your results and predictions.”


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 program.”


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, it's the way you carry it". I learned how to "carry" the weight of complex problems effectively by applying "Systems Thinking". Thank you, MIT for offering this program."


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 that enable rapid prototyping to reach the optimum."


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 our ability to conceive and configure new product offerings."


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 Architect. The videos were easy to understand, easy to follow and kept me engaged using real-life examples. They broke up the monotony of constantly reading."


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 in software systems."


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 Systems Engineering". And I am applying this knowledge in my daily work ever since."

Erin Hinson

Erin Ronayne Hinson, Automation Engineering Manager, Illumina

I really appreciated how broad the examples were and the focus on practical activities and information that was broadly relevant outside of the classic industries that employ systems engineers.


Archit Verma, Business Process Architect, Tata Technologies

The course material was brilliantly fabricated. It was a perfect blend of detailed technicality and lucid comprehension. It was an enriching and fulfilling experience. I look forward to incorporating the knowledge I've gathered into my professional work and bring about greater efficiency and direction.


Ricky A. Daniels, Senior Assistant Program Manager, Systems Engineering, US Navy

The exercises and supporting documentation helped to reinforce the information covered in the videos. It was nice to hear real-life examples and to be instructed by the people who were involved in the examples.


The MIT xPRO Learning Experience

We bring together an innovative pedagogy paired with world-class faculty.

Who Should Enroll

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

Engineers at original equipment manufacturers (OEM)

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


Many companies offer professional development benefits to their employees but sometimes starting the conversation is the hardest part of the process.

Use these talking points, stats, and email template to advocate for your professional development through MIT xPRO's Architecture and Systems Engineering online professional certificate program.



Edward F. Crawley

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


Bruce G. Cameron

Director of the System Architecture Lab and Lecturer in System Design Management, MIT


Olivier L. de Weck

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


Dov Dori

Professor, Technion and MIT


Steven Eppinger

General Motors LGO Professor of Management Science, MIT


Donna Rhodes

Director, Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative, MIT


Adam Ross

Research Scientist, MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative


Warren Hoburg

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and NASA Astronaut


Greg Hyslop

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


Lt. Col(s) Kate Cantu

Commander, 45th LCSS, US Air Force


Christi A. Gau Pagnanelli

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


J. Robert Wirthlin

Senior Strategist for Vehicle Systems Engineering General Motors


Roy Primus

Senior Principal Engineer, Combustion Systems Organization, General Electric


Hedley Apperly MSc (hons) MA

VP Solution Management MBSE, Solutions Group, PTC


Barclay Brown

Engineering Fellow, Raytheon


Matthias Kreimeyer

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

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Hundreds of engineering teams in the fields of aerospace, automotive, defense, consumer appliances, and manufacturing have completed this online program, including the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Royal Dutch Shell (Shell).

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Propel Your Career On Your Terms

Technology is accelerating at an unprecedented pace causing disruption across all levels of business. Tomorrow’s leaders must demonstrate technical expertise as well as leadership acumen in order to maintain a technical edge over the competition while driving innovation in an ever-changing environment.

MIT uniquely understands this challenge and how to solve it with decades of experience developing technical professionals. MIT xPRO’s online learning programs leverage vetted content from world-renowned experts to make learning accessible anytime, anywhere. Designed using cutting-edge research in the neuroscience of learning, MIT xPRO programs are application focused, helping professionals build their skills on the job.

Embrace change. Enhance your skill set. Keep learning. MIT xPRO is with you each step of the way.


  • Graduate Certificate in Systems and Product Development from MIT System Design & Management. Learn more >

  • Master's Degree in Engineering and Management from MIT System Design & Management. Learn more >

  • On-Campus Short Program in Systems Engineering and Architecture from MIT Professional Education. Learn more >

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