Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate in Systems and Product Development

  • is a career-compatible one-year program utilizing core systems engineering theory and practice;
  • complements the System Design & Management (SDM) master’s degree;
  • is designed to move corporations toward a shared definition of systems engineering core capabilities; and
  • is offered to employees of SDM partner companies.

Program requirements

  • Three-semester core course, Fundamentals of System Engineering and Management (ESD 411, 412, & 413),  attended together with SDM master’s students
  • Fourteen professional seminar days on campus taught by MIT faculty
  • A comprehensive capstone project jointly selected and evaluated by MIT and the student’s sponsor

Program schedule overview

  • August—six-day seminar at MIT (mandatory)
  • Fall term—Foundations of System Design and Management (ESD.411)
  • January (Independent Activities Period)—Foundations of System Design and Management (ESD.412) and five-day seminar at MIT (mandatory)
  • Spring term—Foundations of System Design and Management (ESD.413) and a three-day project presentation at MIT (mandatory)
  • Summer term—Intensive work on capstone project with final presentations and report
  • September—Awarding of certificates


  • Tuition—$25,000 (current rate)
  • Course materials (textbooks, readers, etc.)—$100 to $200 per term
  • Travel and housing while on campus—responsibility of individuals/companies

How to apply

All applications are accepted electronically.  For more details on the application process, visit the application process page.

Application deadline: June 1


Lesley Perera, Admissions Assistant, sdmcertificateadmissions@mit.edu

All information is accurate as of April 25, 2016, and is subject to change.