Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering Project (BKCASE)


The BKCASE products continue to provide a living, shared and authoritative guide to the full scope of Systems Engineering Knowledge, becoming the most used reference in the world to guide systems engineering graduate education and systems engineering practice.”   – BKCASE Vision 2014.

The Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering Project (BKCASE), began in the fall of 2009. Its original vision was that, through its work “Systems engineering competency models, certification programs, textbooks, graduate programs, and related workforce development initiatives around the world align with BKCASE.”

As we begin the next stage of the BKCASE project we would like to restate the vision as shown above to reflect the growing value BKCASE can bring to our stakeholder community: 

By continuing to work towards aligning technical initiative and research, competency models, certification programs, textbooks, standards and guides, graduate programs, and related workforce development initiatives around the world to BKCASE our sponsors can enhance their ability to:

  • Share, use, evolve and co-create value from that knowledge with their stakeholders.
  • Providing a framework for the education, development and recognition of all those involved in the professional practice of Systems Engineering.
  • Better describe the place Systems Engineering holds in complex problem resolution and thus shape and grow that role.

BKCASE Products

To work towards this vision, BKCASE created two closely related products:

sebok_logoGuide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK)

A living, authoritative guide to the knowledge most relevant and important to the advancement of systems engineering.  SEBoK discusses what is included in the discipline, how this knowledge can be structured to facilitate understanding, and what documents are most important to the discipline.  More information

grcse_logoGraduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE®)

Curriculum guidance for systems engineering master’s program. GRCSE makes reference to sections of the SEBoK to define its core knowledge and suggests broader program outcomes and objectives that reflect aspects of the professional practice of systems engineering as discussed across the SEBoK. More information

An outline of the work done by the original BKCASE project team and its leadership and sponsors to create the first versions of these products and make them freely available to the Systems Engineering community can be found in BKCASE History.


With the successful completion of the initial phase of its work the BKCASE leadership has now reorganized into a dynamic partnership between three well known organizations that include the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE-CS), and the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). Two representatives from each of these organizations make up the BKCASE Governing Board.  This board is responsible for overseeing policy for both SEBoK and GRCSE.

The detailed content and use of SEBoK, GRCSE and any future products are now driven by a BKCASE Editorial Board who will carry-on the same professionalism once pioneered by the original BKCASE Authors.

The aim of the Editorial Board is to continue the maintenance and evolution of BKASE products in close partnership with the visions, plans and technical activities of its sponsoring organizations; and to broaden this stakeholder base to encompass a growing partnership with all those involved in the practice of Systems Engineering now and in the future.

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