When you complete all four online courses, you will earn a Professional Certificate in Architecture and Systems Engineering. This prestigious certificate signifies your knowledge and skill in complex systems and models.
Grading: Letter grades are not awarded for this program. All four courses that comprise the program are pass/fail.
Sample Professional Certificate
In addition to the Professional Certificate, you will receive 8.5 CEUs when you complete this program.
CEUs are a nationally recognized means of recording noncredit/non-degree study. They are accepted by many employers, licensing agencies, and professional associations as evidence of a participant’s serious commitment to the development of a professional competence.
Acceptance of CEUs depends on the organization to which one is submitting them. If your employer requires any additional information, MIT xPRO can answer questions and provide information, but we cannot guarantee that any particular organization will accept our CEUs.
CEUs are based on hours of instruction and may not be applied toward any MIT undergraduate or graduate level course.
What do I do if I have questions about this program?
If you have any questions about this program or the individual courses that comprise this program, please email: MITxPRO@mit.edu.
Who can register for this course?
Unfortunately, US sanctions do not permit us to offer this course to learners in or ordinarily residing in Iran, Cuba, Sudan, and the Crimean region of Ukraine. MIT xPRO truly regrets that US sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.
What do I need to do to register for this program?
Go to https://mitxpro.mit.edu, click on the program “Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems”. Then click “Add to Cart.” You may be prompted to first register for a mitprofessionalx account if you do not have one already. Complete this process, then continue with checkout and pay for the program. After you complete registration, you will receive a purchase receipt and confirmation/instructions via email.
How do I register a group of participants?
Group registrations of 10 or more may qualify for an additional discount. Please send an email to MITxPRO@mit.edu for more information.
There are two ways to register multiple individuals at once.
- Once the program is added to your cart, you can select the number of seats you would like to purchase. You can then pay using a valid credit card.
- For a group of 10 or more individuals, you can pay via invoice. To be invoiced, please email
MITxPRO@mit.edu with the number of individuals in your group you want to register. Please note that our payment terms are net zero, and all invoices must be paid prior to the course start date. Failure to remit payment before the course begins may result in removal from the program. No extensions or exceptions will be granted.
What is the registration deadline?
Individual registrations must be completed by September 15, 2017. For group sales, purchases can take place up until September 6, 2017. Please note that once registration has closed, no late registrations or cancellations will be granted.
How should I pay?
Individual participants must complete registration and pay online with a valid credit card at the time of registration. MIT xPRO accepts globally recognized major credit or debit cards that have a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Diner's Club logo. Invoices will not be generated for individuals, or for groups of less than 10 people. However, all participants will receive a payment receipt. Payment must be received in full; payment plans are not available.
When will I get access to the Program site?
Instructions for accessing the course site will be sent to all paid registrants via email prior to the program start date. If you have not received these instructions, visit your account dashboard to login and begin the course on the advertised start date.
I need to cancel my registration. Are there any fees?
Cancellation requests must be submitted to MITxPRO@mit.edu. Cancellation requests received after September 15, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund. To submit your request, please include your full name and order number in your email request. Refunds will be credited to the credit card used when you registered and may take up to two billing cycles to process.
Can I transfer/defer my registration for another session or course?
Admission and fees paid cannot be deferred to a subsequent session; however, you may cancel your registration and reapply at a later date.
Can someone else attend in my place?
We cannot accommodate any substitution requests at this time. Please review the time commitment section and course schedule
How do I know if this program is right for me?
Carefully review the program description page, which includes a description of program content, objectives, and target audience, and any required prerequisites.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for this program?
While there are no obligatory prerequisites, people with the following suggested career experience might find the program more relevant:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Minimum Career Experience: 1-2 years of work experience in a technical field.
- Average Career Experience: 5-15 years of work experience.
- Past experience modeling, regardless of domain might be helpful. Some modeling types include for computation, physics-based simulation, testing or other. This experience will help ground you on the challenges and opportunities of modeling, but there are neither required modeling languages nor experience.
- No management experience is required. However, some class materials will require participants to write about teamwork and general management topics as relevant to architecture and complex projects.
- This certificate relates to System Architecture and Model Based Systems Engineering. Incoming learners are expected to be familiar with the following concepts:
- Systems Engineering “V” model.
- Product Development Reference Models: Stage-Gate Reviews, Waterfall, Spiral, Agile.
- Requirements, including principles for developing clear and concise requirements, and requirements flow down and management tools.
- Identifying customer needs and voice of the customer analysis.
- Spreadsheet software (such as Excel) and simple spreadsheet models.
- Preferred (but not obligatory) familiarity or experience in:
- Early-stage product development.
- Product lifecycle, including aftermarket and maintenance.
- Functional analysis
- Basic concept development methods (Morphological Matrix, QFD).
- Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE)
- Integrating or connecting models together
- Verification and validation
How long is the program?
The program starts September 11, 2017 and concludes on March 19, 2018. Each course in the program runs about 4-5 weeks with breaks in between each program.
- Course #1: Architecture of Complex Systems
- Runs September 11 - Oct 16, 2017 (5 weeks)
- Course #2: Models in Engineering
- Runs October 30 - December 4, 2017 (4 weeks)
- Course #3: Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis
- Runs January 8, 2018 - February 5, 2018 (4 weeks)
- Course #4: Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering
- Runs February 19, 2018, 2017 - March 19, 2018 (4 weeks)
How many hours per week will I have class or homework?
Each course in the program requires a time commitment of four-to-five hours a week comprised of videos, readings, project-based works, and peer-to-peer collaborations.
How long will the program material be available online?
Program materials for each course will be available to registered and paid participants for 90 days after each course’s end date. No extensions may be granted.
Will I receive an MIT xPRO Certificate?
Participants who successfully complete the program and all required activities will receive a Professional Certificate from MIT xPRO. In addition, a Certificate of Completion will be awarded for each course you successfully complete. Letter grades are not awarded for this program. All four courses that comprise the program are pass/fail.
Will I receive MIT credits?
This course does not carry MIT credits. MIT xPRO offers non-credit/non-degree professional programs for a global audience. Participants may not imply or state in any manner, written or oral, that MIT or MIT xPRO is granting academic credit for enrollment in this professional course. None of our Digital courses or programs award academic credit or degrees. Letter grades are not awarded for this course.
Will I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
Course participants who successfully complete all course requirements are eligible to receive 8.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT Professional Education. CEUs are a nationally recognized means of recording non-credit/non-degree study. They are accepted by many employers, licensing agencies, and professional associations as evidence of a participant’s serious commitment to the development of a professional competence. CEUs are based on hours of instruction. For example: One CEU = 10 hours of instruction. CEUs may not be applied toward any MIT undergraduate or graduate level course.
After I complete this course, will I be an MIT alum?
Participants who successfully complete a Digital Programs course are considered MIT xPRO Alumni. Only those who complete an undergraduate or graduate degree are considered MIT alumni.
Are video captions available?
Each video for this course has been transcribed and the text can be found on the right side of the video when the captions function is turned on. Synchronized transcripts allow students to follow along with the video and navigate to a specific section of the video by clicking the transcript text. Students can use transcripts of media-based learning materials for study and review.
I have never taken a course on the edX platform before. What can I do to prepare?
Prior to the first day of class, participants can take a demonstration course on edx.org that was built specifically to help students become more familiar with taking a course on the edX platform.
What are the technical requirements to participate in this course?
Access our courses requires an Internet connection, as videos are only available via online streaming, and cannot be downloaded for offline viewing. Please take note of your company's restrictions for viewing content and/or firewall settings. Our courseware works best with current versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 10 and above. For the best possible experience, we recommend switching to an up-to-date version of Chrome. If you do not have Chrome installed, you can get it for free here: http://www.google.com/chrome/browser/
We are unable to fully support access with mobile devices at this time. While many components of your courses will function on a mobile device, some may not.