Dec 03, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Systems Engineering, M.S., with an Option for a Technical Focus

Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit:

  • Application to Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit
  • A transcript documenting the Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science from an ABET accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Three or more years of related work experience (recommended)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay discussing how the MS in SE fits into applicant’s career development

Promising applicants who do not satisfy these requirements will be considered for conditional admission and, when so admitted, must demonstrate satisfactory performance during their first year in the program.

Graduation Requirements

The overall minimum GPA required for graduation is 3.0. 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 requirement for the MS in Systems Engineering degree is 10 courses (33 credits), as follows:

Completion of the following three Core Systems Engineering course (9 semester hours):


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


Other project management courses may be substituted for the above courses with the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Three Technical Electives to be selected from the following:

Note: Electives are scheduled only if a sufficient number of students sign up. With the approval of the Director, the above curriculum can be adjusted to meet the student’s individual educational needs. Taking three technical electives allows the student to graduate with an MS in Systems Engineering with a technical focus in that area. The student must apply for the MS in Systems Engineering with their desired technical focus area when they apply to the MS in Systems Engineering program, or apply for a program transfer after they have started the program.

Capstone Project/Integrative Project Thesis:


The Systems Engineering Integrative Project is typically the last course taken in the program. It is designed to demonstrate the student’s knowledge of all the systems engineering and systems management principles and lean engineering addressed in the prerequisite courses. The course is typically completed in one semester. It is unlikely that the project can be completed in one or two summer sessions due to the shortened schedule.


The student completing successfully two courses each Fall and Spring semester, and taking summer courses, can earn the MS degree in two years.

Registering into the courses is the student’s responsibility. A student is expected to make reasonable progress towards the degrees to remain in good standing at the University. A full-time course load is considered to be two courses (at least 6 semester hours) in each of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Courses for MS in Systems Engineering, Dual Degree, and Certificate Programs

The program designator “SELP” is used for all courses and all study options offered by the Systems Engineering graduate program. The MS in Systems Engineering courses selected for the SELP program must be approved by the Systems Engineering Program Director. The MBA course descriptions can be found in the MBA section. All courses are three (3) semester hours unless otherwise noted.