100.00 Hours Required
This certificate is only available as a corporate customized solution. If your organization is interested in enrolling employees in this certificate, please reach out to let us know your needs. We will contact you within two business days to discuss a solution.

Only sixteen percent of organizations are fully integrated and despite traditional project management practices, over half of complex projects fail in terms of cost overruns and schedule delays.

The shared vision of both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) highlights the need for project managers and systems engineers of the future to adopt collaborative and digital-age skills in addressing system and project complexity.

Both systems engineering and project management require an integrated systems approach for product, project, and organizational success. Earning a certificate in these areas provides an understanding of the system and project complexities at play.

This Systems Engineering and Complex Project Management Certificate provides foundational skills and knowledge to enhance and improve system design and project management. Topics include the product lifecycle, cross-functional processes, systems thinking, models and tools, and the integration of multi-disciplinary teams. For a hands-on snapshot, a Systems Engineering expert guest speaker will share their expertise and current experiences with the group in all but the first course.

This certificate is a four-course series that prepares students to understand and practice key concepts in Systems Engineering and Complex Project Management. It is aimed at working professionals in engineering design, production, government, and the military.

What Will You Learn?

  • An awareness of and appreciation for systems engineering
  • Knowledge and skills in systems engineering that will enable you to contribute to product, service, and project success 
  • An understanding of the systems engineering model-based approach to identify and define objects, interfaces, states of system, and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) views 
  • Skills to be applied in systems engineering, organization, and project performance tools that achieve integration

How Will You Benefit?

The Certificate in Systems Engineering and Complex Project Management can help you:

  • enhance and improve system design and management.
  • understand the structure and integration of systems and sub-systems.
  • apply systems engineering to complex product and system development.
  • understand the value of model-based systems engineering.
  • apply skills in agile engineering and project management


This certificate consists of four courses and is only available as a corporate customized solution. For more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca

  • Course I: Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • Course II: Advanced Concepts in Systems Engineering
  • Course III: Model-Based Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Tools
  • Course IV: Integration of Systems Engineering, Program Management, and Multiple Disciplines

Note: Your registration is not guaranteed until your seat is confirmed and you have been contacted by our Registration Office. As well, fees are based on the current academic year and are subject to change. No deferral of the non-refundable deposit or program fees is allowed. Text and materials related to courses may constitute an additional cost.

Certificate Requirements

It is highly recommended that participants complete the four courses in sequential order. The certificate is awarded after the completion of all four courses, including all quizzes, assignments, and exams. This represents approximately 100 hours of training including online sessions, home study, assignments, and exam preparation. The participants must attain a minimum of 80% for each course.

Do you have prior learning or experience relevant to this certificate?

It may be possible to receive advanced standing in this certificate based on your prior learning from work or life experience. We provide two types of recognition of prior learning:

Prior Certified Learning: Assessment of prior coursework or training through a professional training provider, for the purpose of advanced standing. Examples of certified learning may include university or college coursework, military training, accredited certificates, workplace training programs, etc.

Prior Experiential Learning: Assessment of previous work and life learning that may be equivalent to learning outcomes of university courses/programs, for the purpose of advanced standing. Relevant prior learning may come from work or volunteer experience, participation on committees or boards, independent study, etc.

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100 Hour(s)

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