Nov 28, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management


Graduate Director: Claire Leon

Professor: Bohdan W. Oppenheim, Associate Director for Healthcare Systems Engineering


Systems Engineering: Elham Ghashghai, Ph.D.; Umesh Ketkar; Claire Leon, Ph.D.; Brian Lottman, Ph.D.; Catherine Martin, Ph.D.; John Poladian; Nirav Shah, Ph.D.; James Soash, Ph.D.; John Stupar, Ed.D.; Charles Tang, Ph.D.

Healthcare Systems Engineering: Bohdan Oppenheim, Ph.D.; Barry Molnaa; Steven Badelt, Ph.D.; Kevin Baldwin, M.P.H.; Joseph Duhig; Elham Ghashghai, Ph.D., Ali X. Ghobadi, M.D.; Howard Fullman, M.D.; R. Feinstein; Hugh McManus, Ph.D.; John Poladian; Richard Singerman, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Weisz, M.D.

Program Advisers

Systems Engineering: James Horejsi, Col., USAF SM, Ret.; Lynn Hughes, VP, Northrop Grumman; Donna Rhodes, Ph.D., MIT

Healthcare Systems Engineering: Michael Kanter, M.D., CPPS, Executive VP, Chief Quality Officer, Kaiser Permanente; Mitesh B Rao, M.D., MHS, Stanford Health Care; Cara N. Steinkeler, M.D., Kaiser Permanente; Jeffrey Weisz, M.D., Sullivan, Cotter and Assoc., Inc. formerly CEO of Kaiser Permanente

Contact Information

Graduate Director: Claire Leon

Office Location: Doolan Hall 218

Telephone: 310.338.7878



Associate Director for Healthcare Systems Engineering: Bohdan W. Oppenheim

Office Location: Pereira 204

Telephone: 310.338.2825


Mission Statement

The LMU Systems Engineering (SE) programs are graduate-only programs characterized by excellence in SE and Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) education that prepare graduates to address and ethically solve some of the most complex problems facing society. The programs include an MS in Systems Engineering, with an option for a technical focus in one of the engineering disciplines (civil engineering; environmental and water resources engineering; mechanical engineering; computer science, and cybersecurity), and Healthcare. The dual degree program (MS in SE and Master of Business Administration) leverages both the engineering and business disciplines to prepare graduates for leadership in technical and healthcare endeavors. The programs incorporate internationally recognized research and teaching in advanced Lean methods applied to systems engineering, program management, and the healthcare delivery.

Modern technological programs and healthcare are characterized by high complexity, multidisciplinary considerations, and strong interactions between science, technology, medicine, business, and human civilization. Systems Engineering is the body of knowledge evolved to effectively manage such systems. Our programs offer a broad menu of study options and technical focus areas that allow students to customize the program to meet their needs.


Most engineering courses are offered on the LMU Westchester campus and typically meet in the evenings (online/hybrid courses are identified individually). Usually courses meet one evening per week for three hours except during the summer terms when each course meets two evenings per week for 3.5 hours each.

Registering for courses is the student’s responsibility. A student is expected to make reasonable progress toward the degrees to remain in good standing at the University. A full-time course load is considered to be two courses in Fall and Spring semesters.

MS in Systems Engineering (option for a technical focus):

  • All Systems Engineering students can be admitted anytime during the academic year and can enter the program in the Fall or Spring semester or in the summer sessions.
  • The MS in Systems Engineering is designed to be completed in approximately two years by a working professional taking two courses per semester, including some summer courses.
  • Students have the flexibility to adjust their workload and take one course per semester, if their work demands do not allow taking two courses.

MS in Healthcare Systems Engineering

  • The regular Healthcare Systems Engineering MS program is designed to be completed in approximately two years by working healthcare professionals taking two courses per semester, including some summer courses. With aggressive scheduling, the Healthcare MS program can be completed in one year, The 4+1 Healthcare Systems Engineering MS program is designed to be completed in one year.
  • The regular Healthcare Systems Engineering MS students and the Certificate in Lean Healthcare students enter the program in Summer Term II. Applications are accepted throughout the year. The 4+1 Healthcare Systems Engineering students must apply by November 1st and are admitted in November. Students enter the program in the Spring semester of their senior year.

Dual MS in Systems Engineering/Masters of Business Administration

  • The dual degree (MS/MBA) Systems Engineering Leadership Program is designed to be completed in approximately three years. Typically, the Systems Engineering classes are completed first, followed by taking the required classes in the MBA program.

Certificate Programs

  • The Certificate programs (Lean Healthcare, Systems Engineering, Project Management, Cybersecurity, and Software Architecture) can be completed within three consecutive semesters, or one year if one class is taken during the summer sessions.


The six graduate certificate programs offer convenient advanced program for the engineers, systems engineers and manager who would benefit from understanding the concepts, principles and practices both in theory and in real world implementation for key areas in today’s advancing technological world.

  • Systems Engineering
  • Lean Healthcare Systems
  • The Business of Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Software Architecture
  • Aeronautics and Space Systems

Upon completion of the certificate program, the student may re-apply for the M.S. degree in Systems Engineering and have the courses completed for the certificate to be credited towards the M.S. degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Application to Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit
  • Transcript documenting B.S. in engineering or B.A. in Program Management or equivalent degree (GPA of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university program.
  • If the applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, also submit two letters of recommendation from past professors or current employer.
  • Prerequisite knowledge of the fundamentals of Lean (equivalent to course SELP 530 )
  • Resume demonstrating two years’ work experience
  • Brief personal statement discussing how the graduate program fits the applicant’s career goals


Students who receive a grade of less than “B” in any 500-level course or a grade of less than “C” in any 600-level course will not have the course count toward their degree. The overall minimum GPA required for graduation is 3.0 in the MS programs and 2.7 in the Certificate programs.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of the three courses from one of the technical areas of study below (9 semester hours):

Other systems engineering courses may be substituted for the above courses with the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Schedule for Certificate Programs

The student can complete the certificate program in one year by taking one course per semester including summer.