Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Design and Development Certificate

Certificate #133

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Quarterly

Program Area: Naval Engineering

POC: Program Director

Modality: Distance Learning


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.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 SE4150
Quarter 2 SE4151
Quarter 3 SE4930
Quarter 4 Choose one of the following:
  • SE4420
  • SE4003
  • SE4950


The following are eligible for this offering:

  • Naval Officers
  • Naval Enlisted
  • Non-Naval Officers
  • Non-Naval Enlisted
  • DON Civilians
  • DOD Civilians
  • Defense Contractors
  • Non-DOD Federal Employees
  • International military personnel
  • International non-military personnel

Requirements for Entry

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

For information regarding tuition, please contact the NPS Tuition office at, or contact this offering’s POC at

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Other Information

View the Systems Engineering Distance Learning Programs Flyer (PDF 661KB)

Open Enrollment - Model-Based Systems Engineering Design and Development Certificate

Commencing Wednesday, 3 April 2024

The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Systems Engineering is pleased to announce the offering of a four course Model-Based System Engineering Design and Development Certificate commencing Wednesday, 3 April 2024. The program is open to all qualified uniformed officers, federal civilians, defense contractors and internationals.

Click to view the 133-2430 announcement (pdf)
Click to view the 133-2430 tuition letter (pdf)

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

  •  18 Dec 2023 – 05 Jan 2024

    Winter break

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.