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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2016-2017 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

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Graduate Director: Frederick S. Brown, Ph.D

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


Arnold Galloway, Ph.D.; Elham Ghashghai, Ph.D.; Carl Hahn, III; Umesh Ketkar; Claire Leon, Ph.D.; Brian Lottman, Ph.D.; Barry Molnaa; John Poladian; John Stupar; Charles Tang, Ph.D.; Lynne Wainfan, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Weisz, M.D.; Ron Williamson.

Program Advisers

Harland Bittner, Aerospace Corporation; Michael Kanter, M.D., Ph.D. Kaiser Permanente; Brian Lottman, Ph.D., Northrop Grumman Space Technology; Manuel De-Ponte, Ph.D., Aerospace Corporation; Col. (Ret.) James Horejsi, USAF SMC; Steven Lewis, Northrop Grumman Space Technology; Donna Rhodes, Ph.D., MIT; Jess Weisz, M.D., former CEO Kaiser Permanente.

Contact Information

Graduate Director: Frederick S. Brown

Office Location: Doolan Hall 218

Telephone: 310.338.7878

Fax: 310.338.5249

E-mail: fbrown@lmu.edu

Mission Statement

The mission of the Systems Engineering MS programs is to provide working engineers and scientists with the skills and modern tools needed to manage complex, interdisciplinary technical and healthcare endeavors and systems engineering interdisciplinary teams to enable the realization of successful systems.

The Systems Engineering program offers students the following MS and Certificate programs: 

  1. Systems Engineering MS program.
  2. Healthcare Systems Engineering MS program with two modalities:
    1. 4+1 HSE program for LMU undergraduate science students (who earn their BS degree at LMU and the MS degree one year later)
    2. A regular HSE MS program for other students.
  3. Systems Engineering Leadership Program (SELP) offering a dual degrees of MS in Systems Engineering and MBA to provide integrated systems engineering and business skills for becoming systems engineering managers and leaders. 
  4. Systems Engineering MS program with a Technical Focus in another science, engineering or computer science discipline providing multidisciplinary breadth. The student pursuing this option will take three Electives in another engineering graduate program offered by the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering at LMU. The student’s prior education must provide suitable preparation for such studies. The course plan must be approved by both the Director of Systems Engineering and the Director of the Technical Focus program.
  5. Graduate Certificate in Lean Healthcare Systems (limited to Healthcare professionals).
  6. Graduate Certificate in Program Leadership
  7. Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering

Admission and Graduation Requirements

Both admission and graduation requirements are listed individually under the program names below. Please visit those pages.

Promising applicants who do not satisfy requirements will be considered for provisional admission based upon their performance on the GRA or GMAT test, or their classroom performance during their first year in the program.


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

The Systems Engineering MS program, the Systems Engineering with Technical Focus MS program, and regular Healthcare Systems Engineering MS program are designed to be completed in about two years by a working student taking two courses per semester, including some summer courses. With aggressive scheduling of courses, the Healthcare MS program can be completed in one year. The interested student should contact Dr. Oppenheim. The 4+1 Healthcare Systems Engineering MS program is designed to be completed in one year. The dual degree Systems Engineering Leadership Program is designed to be completed in about three years.

The Certificate programs can be completed within three consecutive semesters (but the Lean Healthcare Certificate can be completed faster upon special arrangements). The 4+1 HSE students apply by November 1 and are admitted during November. All other students can be admitted anytime during the academic year. The application deadlines for admission are April 15 for the Summer session, July 15 for the Fall semester, and November 1 for the Spring semester.


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.



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