While there are no obligatory prerequisites for enrolling in the Model-Based Systems Engineering course/program, having the following suggested career experience can make the course 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 with modeling, regardless of the domain, can be helpful. This includes experience with computation, physics-based simulation, testing, or other types of modeling. This experience will provide a grounding in the challenges and opportunities of modeling, but there are no specific required modeling languages or experience.
- No management experience is required. However, some class materials will involve writing about teamwork and general management topics relevant to architecture and complex projects.
Incoming learners are expected to be familiar with the following concepts related to System Architecture and Model-Based Systems Engineering:
- Systems Engineering "V" model
- Product Development Reference Models: Stage-Gate Reviews, Waterfall, Spiral, Agile
- Requirements engineering, including principles for developing clear and concise requirements, and tools for requirements flow down and management
- Identifying customer needs and conducting voice of the customer analysis
- Spreadsheet software (such as Excel) and basic spreadsheet modeling
While not obligatory, it is preferred for learners to have familiarity or experience in the following areas:
- Early-stage product development
- Product lifecycle, including aftermarket and maintenance
- Functional analysis
- Basic concept development methods (e.g., Morphological Matrix, Quality Function Deployment)
- Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE)
- Integrating or connecting models together
- Verification and validation
Having familiarity or experience in these areas can enhance the understanding and application of the course material, but it is not mandatory for enrollment.