About the Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering Leadership Program


The Master's degree in Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering Leadership 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.

A portion of the program is available in an online synchronous distance learning format for those not able to attend classes locally. Review and approval from the faculty director is required prior to admission. Online coursework must be completed synchronously with the in-class students. Distance students are required to attend one four-day class each quarter in La Jolla, and return in August to present their capstone projects.

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 Mechanical and Aerospace  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 when an enterprise is attempting to develop and evolve their Enterprise Knowledge System (EKS).



Program Key Features

  • Classes designed to accommodate working professionals (classes are 9:00am to 6:00pm Friday and Saturday, every other week, plus one four-day class week per quarter)
  • 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
  • Deep learning through substantial program-long team project 

Organizational Features

  • 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





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


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


Corporate Benefits

  • Produces an architectural strategy for a problem of interest to senior management
  • 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