Apr 13, 2024  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2021-2022 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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


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Program Overview


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 (aeronautics and space systems; civil engineering; cybersecurity; electrical engineering; engineering management; mechanical engineering; software architecture).  

Modern technological programs 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 program offers study options and technical focus areas that allow students to customize the program to meet their needs.  

Schedule


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.  

Program Educational Objectives


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

  1. Apply the fundamental principles of systems engineering to complex problems 

  1. Become leaders of innovative technology projects and businesses 

  1. Develop multidisciplinary skills to architect, design, and manage complex systems throughout their life cycle 

  1. Apply principles of project management and lean engineering to improve operational efficiency 

  1. Develop technical skills to model, analyze, and design integrated engineering systems 

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 

  • The undergraduate education of all applicants, regardless of their previous degrees, should include the following subject areas:  

    • College-level differential and integral calculus  

    • Physics (mechanics and electromagnetics)  

    • Computer programming experience  

    • Statistics  

  • These courses need not be taken at Loyola Marymount University. However, the student should make certain that courses taken elsewhere satisfy the above requirements. Applicants who do not have adequate background might be required to take additional undergraduate courses.  

  • Transfer Credit: Students may transfer six (6) semester hours for courses completed at another regionally accredited college or university. Credits to be transferred must be taken prior to admission. Each transferred course grade must be at least B (3.0), and the course must not have been used to satisfy degree requirements at another college or university.  

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 M.S. in Systems Engineering degree is 10 courses (30 semester hours), as follows: 

Completion of three of the following core Systems Engineering courses (9 semester hours):


Completion of three technical electives, depending on the technical focus area, to be selected from the following (9 semester hours):


  • Systems Engineering: SYEG 500 and 600 level courses (9 semester hours) 

  • Electrical Engineering: EECE 500 or 600 level courses (9 semester hours) 

  • Mechanical Engineering: MECH 500 or 600 level courses (9 semester hours) 

  • Civil Engineering: CIVL 500 and 600 level courses (9 semester hours) 

  • Cybersecurity: Three courses from the following (9 semester hours) 

  • Software Architecture (9 semester hours): 

  • Aeronautics and Space Systems: Three courses from the following (9 semester hours) 

  • Engineering Management: Three courses from the following (9 semester hours) 

  • Courses from the Business Analytics or MBA programs with the designation BSAN, MBAA, MBAD, MBAE, MBAF, MBAG, MBAH, MBAP with concurrence from the program director of the Business Analytics and/or MBA programs, and if prerequisites are satisfied.

Capstone Project/Integrative Project Thesis (3 units):


  • 0 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours
  • 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 M.S. in Systems Engineering with a technical focus in that area. The student must apply for the M.S. in Systems Engineering with their desired technical focus area when they apply to the M.S. in Systems Engineering program, or apply for a program transfer after they have started the program.  

  • Note: 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. SYEG 695 should be taken the semester prior to taking SYEG 696. It is unlikely that the project can be completed in one or two summer sessions due to the shortened schedule.  

Master’s Thesis Option 


Preparation of a Master’s Thesis is optional and can fulfill up to a maximum of 6 semester hours of elective course requirements. The student electing the thesis option must obtain a thesis advisor before Departmental consent will be considered, and the thesis must conform to the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering requirements. The thesis and associated work is intended to advance the state of knowledge in the thesis subject not “rehash” previous work by others or a serve as a “literature search.” The thesis ideally will form the basis for a paper or article, produced by a student, which would be submitted and hopefully published in a peer-reviewed journal or presented at a professional organization’s conference. A thesis is completed after being successfully defended to the thesis committee. With direction from the Graduate Director, a thesis committee will be formed. The thesis committee consists of the student’s thesis advisor, a full-time faculty member from the student’s department, and a third member from other than the student’s department. 

Combined B.S./M.S. in Systems Engineering Program


This program is designed for LMU students to receive a combined B.S. and M.S. degree by continuing their studies in LMU’s Masters programs immediately following their B.S. degree. The program allows students to complete the M.S. program in Systems Engineering in one year after completion of the B.S. program. 

Only LMU students in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics with senior standing and a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply. The deadline for application is the end of Fall semester of senior year. Students can enter this program any term immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree requirements. 

Graduation Requirements


The candidate for the combined B.S./M.S.E. degree must satisfy the following requirements (30 semester hours): 

  1. One Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering 500-level course (3 semester hours) taken as an undergraduate may count toward the M.S. degree. This course can be double counted for the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree. The student is required to complete 27 additional semester hours after earning the B.S. degree. 

  1. In addition, for an admitted student, an extra Seaver College 500-level course (3 semester hours) may be taken in their senior year that counts towards the M.S. degree and not the B.S. degree. This potentially reduces the total number of additional semester hours after earning the B.S. degree to 24. 

  1. The remaining coursework required must be consistent with the graduation requirements for the M.S. in Systems Engineering program. 

Admission Requirements


  • Application to Graduate Admission and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit http://graduate.lmu.edu

  • GPA of at least 3.0 

  • Brief personal statement discussing how the graduate program fits the applicant’s career goals 

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

The dual-degree program is designed to be completed in approximately three years. Typically, systems-engineering classes are completed first, followed by taking the required classes in the MBA program. 

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) and Learning Outcomes (LOs)


The PEOs of the MS degree and the LOs of the MBA degree are the same as those of the stand-alone degrees. 

Admission Requirements


Students seeking admission should apply first to the Systems Engineering, M.S., with an Option for a Technical Focus. After completing 12 semester hours of systems-engineering courses with a GPA of 3.0, students can apply to the dual degree MS/MBA program. Students who are granted admission may begin enrolling in MBA courses upon approval from their respective program director. 

Graduation Requirements


Students enrolled in the dual-degree MSE/MBA program are jointly advised by the program directors of the MS in Systems Engineering and MBA programs. It is recommended that incoming students take a full course load of systems-engineering courses the first year and begin the MBA curriculum in year two. Additional systems-engineering courses can be completed in year three. 

Students need to complete 36 units of MBA courses (i.e., MBA curriculum without emphasis/specialization) and 24 credit hours of systems-engineering courses (i.e., MS in Systems Engineering curriculum without 6 units of elective courses) with a cumulative grade point average of at least B (3.0). Therefore, students need to complete a total of 60 credit hours to graduate. 15 credit hours of systems-engineering courses will be used to satisfy the emphasis/concentration requirement of the MBA degree. 6 credit-hours of MBA courses will be used to satisfy elective requirements of the MSE degree. Of the systems-engineering coursework, courses at the 500-level must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better, and courses at the 600-level must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. 

When the course requirements outlined above are completed, the student will be awarded both the MBA degree and the MS degree in Systems Engineering. 

Certificates


The five graduate certificate programs offer a convenient advanced program for the engineering, systems engineers, and managers 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.

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 crediting towards the M.S. degree.

Admission Requirements


  • Application to Graduate Admissions 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 higher) 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.
  • Resume demonstrating two years’ work experience
  • Brief personal statement discussing how the graduate program fits the applicant’s career goals

GPA


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 M.S. 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):

Note:


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

Schedule for Certificate Programs


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

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


The program designator “SYEG” is used for all courses and all study options offered by the Systems Engineering graduate program. The M.S. in Systems Engineering courses selected for the SYEG 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.

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