Oct 02, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

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Graduate Director: Claire Leon


Elham Ghashghai, Ph.D.; Robert J. Johnson, Ph.D.; Umesh Ketkar, Andrew Kopito; Matthew Miller, Esq.; Mary Magilligan; Barry Molnaa; Vera Mulyani; Scott Neibuhr; John Poladian; Marcus Risso, Esq.; Nirav Shah, Ph.D.; Charles Tang, Ph.D.; Bonnie Triezenberg, Ph.D.

Program Advisers

Daniel Feller, Program Director, Millennium; Malina Hills, VP, Aerospace; James Horejsi, Col., USAF SM, Ret.; Lynn Hughes, VP, Northrop Grumman; David Klemes, Director of Systems Engineering, Boeing; Donna Rhodes, Ph.D., MIT

Contact Information

Graduate Director: Claire Leon

Office Location: East Hall 123

Telephone: 310.338.7878

E-mail: claire.leon@lmu.edu

Mission Statement

The LMU Systems Engineering (SE) programs are graduate-only programs characterized by excellence in SE 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). 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 teaching in advanced Lean methods applied to systems engineering, program management.

Modern technological program are characterized by high complexity, multidisciplinary considerations, and strong interactions between science, technology, 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 Program Overview

The graduate program in Systems Engineering is designed to provide practical knowledge in the areas of systems engineering and project management and deepen technical skills. The curriculum includes coursework in systems engineering, engineering project management and the student’s choice of a technical focus area. The options for technical focus include: Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Cybersecurity, Software Architecture, and Aeronautics & Space Systems.

Program Educational Learning Outcomes and Objectives

The Systems Engineering graduate program has established the following program educational learning outcomes and objectives. Graduates of the program will:

  1. Apply the fundamental principles of systems engineering to complex problems
  2. Become leaders of innovative technology projects and businesses
  3. Develop multidisciplinary skills to architect, design, and manage complex systems throughout their life cycle
  4. Apply principles of project management and lean engineering to improve operational efficiency
  5. Develop technical skills to model, analyze, and design integrated engineering systems

Master of Science in Systems Engineering Program offers the two following modalities:

  1. MS in Systems Engineering program for working professionals and full-time graduate students
  2. 4+1 MS in Systems Engineering program for LMU undergraduate engineering, math, computer science, and physics students who earn their BS degree at LMU and wish to earn the MS in Systems Engineering degree one year later

Dual MS in Systems Engineering/Masters of Business Administration

The mission of the Dual Degree MS in Systems Engineering/MBA program is to educate working engineers and scientists in the engineering and business disciplines that will make them leaders of highly complex technical endeavors within their sponsoring organizations.

The SYEG will confer two degrees upon its graduates: an MBA and an MS in Systems Engineering. Students may obtain either an MS in Systems Engineering or an MBA degree as a stand-alone by fulfilling the individual degree requirements. Taking the dual degree program saves the student several courses compared to the two programs taken separately.

The dual degree MS in Systems Engineering/MBA 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 (Aeronautics and Space Systems, Cybersecurity, Engineering Project Management, Software Architecture, and Systems Engineering) can be completed within three consecutive semesters, or one year if one class is taken during the summer sessions.


The five 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.

  • Aeronautics and Space Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Software Architecture
  • Systems Engineering

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 Admission and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit http://graduate.lmu.edu.
  • 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.
  • Two years’ work experience is preferred.
  • 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 certificate 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.



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