Model-Based Systems Engineering Design and Development Certificate - Curriculum 133 (DL)

Academic Associate

Professor Ray Madachy

(619) 847-0986

Program Officer

Senior Lecturer Joseph Sweeney

(831) 656-2476

Brief Overview 

The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in Model-Based Systems Engineering Design and Development that enables students to apply systems engineering in defense acquisition and system lifecycle support.  MBSE is an increasingly important domain in systems engineering, especially with the introduction of digital engineering initiatives.  It requires the skills necessary to create, analyze and execute models and to formally apply them throughout system development from requirements to validation.  MBSE requires mastery of modeling languages, methods and tools.  This program is targeted for mid- and upper-level engineers working in or in support of the Defense Acquisition System but has great benefit for all who seek further knowledge in the theory and practice of systems engineering.


Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Program Length

4 Quarters

Requirements for Entry

–Undergraduate degree in engineering, math or basic science with minimum 2.6 grade point average and at least one college calculus sequence (one year of undergraduate courses - two semesters or three quarters).


–Successful completion of System Engineering Fundamentals Certificate (282).


  • Create system architectures that are responsive to capability needs using model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methods.
  • Create architectures for balanced system solutions, applying design heuristics and divergent thinking using multiple languages, methods, and tools.
  • Evaluate an architecture’s feasibility through simulation, conduct trades, compare alternatives, and justify recommendations with appropriate analysis.
  • Develop the cognitive structures to carry out integration and development, account for the impacts of emergence including system suitability, and apply appropriate tools to systems and
  • system of systems integration.
  • Evaluate MBSE compliant designs in specialized application areas, such as simulation for acquisition or software systems.
  • Understand software in the context of systems engineering, the distinction between live, virtual, and constructive simulations, and discrete event, agent based, and systems dynamics simulations.
  • Apply MBSE to enhance the overall benefits of systems engineering. Select and tailor or create a set of methods, tools, and techniques for decision support, operational effectiveness modeling, dashboard design, and trade space analysis.

Typical Course of Study

The certificate consists of 3 core courses: SE4150, SE4151, and SE4930, and a choice of one course in an application area: either SE4003, SE4420, or SE4950.

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4150Systems Architecting and Design



Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4151Systems Integration and Development



Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4930Model-Based Systems Engineering



Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4420Modeling and Simulation in Acquisition




SE4003Systems Software Engineering




SE4950System of Systems Engineering