System Dynamics Certificate

Currently, we are not accepting new students into the System Dynamics Certificate program. The program is undergoing revision. However, those interested may still take courses as non-WPI/non-degree-seeking students and have that course apply later. Click sign up below to be added to the contact list about the revised program.

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WPI's graduate certificate in system dynamics gives you a broad foundation in system dynamics techniques and theories to help you implement this expertise in your career or as a next step toward a degree in system dynamics. This certificate program focuses on simulation modeling methods for experimental analysis and is aimed at solving a variety of problems in the private and public policy domains. Through five required courses, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding business issues while learning how to deal with and solve them.

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The graduate certificate in system dynamics requires completion of five courses—ranging from Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Complex Problems to Environmental Dynamics to Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling—for 15 credit hours. System Dynamics Foundation: Managing Complexity is a required course.


SD 550 System Dynamics Foundation: Managing Complexity
Recommended (choose four courses, 12 credits)
SD 551 Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Complex Problems
SD 553 Model Analysis and Evaluation Techniques
SD 556 Strategic Modeling and Business Dynamics
SD 557 Latent Structures, Unintended Consequences, and Public Policy
SD 558 Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling
SD 560 Strategy Dynamics
SD 561 Environmental Dynamics
SD 562 Project Dynamics
SD 565 Macroeconomic Dynamics
SS 590 Special Topics in System Dynamics (credit as specified)


Students must have an undergraduate degree, in any area of study, from an accredited university. For a more robust educational offering, consider our master of science in system dynamics.  

Getting Involved

The System Dynamics group is a tight-knit bunch. We have weekly Collective Learning meetings that you can join in person at WPI or join online. Sign-up to receive emails about our meetings and other announcements. We welcome anyone interested in System Dynamics.


Graduate Studies Series

Learn from our enrollment team members and other guests by attending quick and convenient 30-minute webinars we designed to highlight popular topics when starting grad school. Take a deep dive into specific areas of interest such as how to funding, how to ace your application, student services, and more!

If the person is driven and wants to learn more about computational modeling to improve business, environmental, or civic processes, I would suggest they pursue graduate courses in system dynamics.
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