AESE | Master of Advanced Study Degree UC San Diego

About the Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering Program


The Master's degree in Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering is intended to educate senior engineers and engineering managers to the problems and emerging solution approaches that can enable their enterprises to better respond to the challenges of globally distributed operations in complex, highly dynamic, event-driven environments. An "integrated perspective" that merges the views of management and engineering communities is increasingly recognized as one of the cornerstones of a successful approach to enterprise complexity and is a key aspect of the AESE program.

Led by faculty from UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering and UCSD Rady School of Management, the graduate-level curriculum which is managed by these departments along with the UCSD Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will guide professionals to respond and adapt to their enterprise in timely, innovative, and effective manners. The program will address the challenges and issues that arise within an enterprise in attempting to develop and evolve the Enterprise Knowledge System (EKS) that must support the process implied in the preceding discussion.


Program Key Features

  • Able to continue with full-time employment while participating in the AESE program
  • The curriculum is extremely comprehensive and well-integrated
  • Lecturers are nationally-recognized experts on the topics on which they lecture
  • Hands-on, interactive workshops are a valuable learning mechanism
  • The cross-team networking is valuable

Organizational Features

  • The team projects
  • A deeper understanding of important business topics
  • Investment valuation, NPV, and real options
  • Strong emphasis on leadership skills and collaborative team building
  • Consideration of proposal and strategic account planning

Technical Features

  • Systems thinking and its relation to complex adaptive systems
  • Enterprise architecture frameworks and their relationship to important stakeholder communities
  • User stories and use cases as a basis for developing architecture descriptions
  • Agile and plan-driven development processes for complex systems
  • Architecture design processes
  • Service-oriented architectures and enterprise service buses
  • Discrete event dynamic systems and executable architectures

Program Benefits

  • Equips employees with tools and solutions that can improve program success
  • Educates high potential employees in business skills without requiring extended absence, boosting returns at minimal cost
  • Produces competitive edge through applying state-of-practice engineering tools with leading edge business strategies and tools
  • Enhances employees ability to strengthen customer relationships

Corporate Benefits

  • Produces an architectural strategy for a problem of interest to senior management which lays foundation for
  • Improved internal process and capability
  • Potential new business opportunities
  • Provides excellent ROI of educational expenses for fast-track employees
  • Enhances and broadens perspective of emerging engineering leaders to enable greater contribution to future corporate strategy and well-being