Dec 06, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024

Dual M.S.E. Civil Engineering/Master of Business Administration

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The mission of the Dual Degree MSE in Civil 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 MSE/MBA program will confer two degrees upon its graduates: an MBA and an MSE in Civil Engineering. Pursuing the dual degree program saves the student several courses compared to pursuing the two degrees separately.

The dual degree MSE in Civil Engineering/MBA program is designed to be completed in approximately three years. Typically, the Civil Engineering classes are completed first, followed by taking the required classes in the MBA program.

Learning Outcomes

For the Civil Engineering M.S.E.

Graduates will

  • Apply scientific, mathematical, and sustainability principles to analyze and develop solutions to problems in environmental science and engineering;
  • Critically assess, evaluate, and understand sustainability, ethics, and social justice in environmental science and engineering; and
  • Effectively communicate scientific and engineering principles related to the environment and sustainability

For the M.B.A.:

  • Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills to be able to apply key business concepts in organizational settings. 
  • Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills to manage in a global economy. 
  • Graduates will possess critical thinking skills and the ability to integrate concepts. 
  • Graduates will have the ability to communicate effectively. 
  • Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to function effectively as members, managers, and leaders in the organizations in which they are employed. 
  • Graduates will be able to incorporate ethical reasoning, social responsibility, and sustainability in making decisions in their organizations. 


Both the MBA Program in the College of Business Administration and the Civil Engineering Program in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering must accept students applying to the dual degree program for admission. Prospective dual degree students should apply first to the MSE in Civil Engineering degree program. After receiving admission to the MSE in Civil Engineering degree program and completing 12 semester hours towards the MSE degree, students interested in the MSE/MBA Dual Degree program should email Katie Lorick ( for admission to the MBA portion of the Dual Degree. Eligibility for the dual degree program is based upon good academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0) in the MSE in Civil Engineering and approval from their respective Seaver College academic advisor. The preferred start term for the MBA portion of the Dual Degree program is the fall term.

The MSE in Civil Engineering degree program application is online at Applicants must submit:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Intent (approximately 1.5 pages) describing the candidate’s background, career goals, and interest in the program
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s ability to succeed in the graduate program based on previous academic and/or professional performance
  • Essay discussing how the two degrees fit into applicant’s career development

Graduation Requirements

(60 Semester Hours)

Students enrolled in the Dual Degree MSE/MBA Program are jointly advised by their Seaver College academic advisor and the MBA Program Director in the College of Business Administration. It is recommended that incoming students take 12 semester hours of Civil Engineering courses per fall and spring semester and complete the MSE in year one of the dual-degree program, then begin the MBA curriculum in year two.

Dual degree students will take a total of 24 semester hours of Civil Engineering graduate-level coursework and 36 semester hours of MBA courses. 15 semester hours from the Civil Engineering courses will also count towards the emphasis/concentration requirement for the MBA degree. 6 semester hours of the MBA courses that are taken as part of the MBA coursework will also count toward the MSE in Civil Engineering. Separately, the MSE degree requires 30 semester hours and the MBA degree requires 51 semester hours, for a total of 81 semester hours. The Dual Degree program lessens the load by 21 (15+6) semester hours.

Suggested Curriculum Flowchart for the MSE in Civil Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program

During the first semester of attendance, the student should prepare a program of study with their academic advisor. The 24 semester hours of required coursework are allocated as follows:

Year 1 (Summer, Fall, and Spring)

Required courses for each field of study

MSE in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Environmental Engineering:

Required Core Courses:

Global Perspectives Electives

Choose up to two of the following:

MSE in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Water Resources Engineering:

Required Core Courses:

Technical Electives

Choose at least three from the following:

Global Perspectives Electives

Choose up to two of the following:

Master’s Thesis Option

Preparation of a master’s thesis under the guidance of a faculty member is optional in the Civil Engineering Master’s programs. Students electing to perform a master’s thesis must pass ENVS 696  Thesis Defense or CIVL 696  Thesis Defense (0 semester hours) in the semester they expect to complete their thesis. The defense is in the form of a written thesis and an oral presentation. A thesis committee, selected by the student and primary research advisor, determine if the student has mastered the subject matter of the thesis, understands the work done by others, and can critically assess that work and his/her own work. No later than two weeks prior to the thesis defense presentation, the student must provide their written thesis to their thesis committee for review. Students who elect to prepare a master’s thesis are not required to take the ENVS 690  / CIVL 690   Comprehensive Oral Exam. Formal requirements may be obtained from the academic advisor. Please see our research page for further information on research opportunities.

Thesis students also have the option to enroll in a 3 semester hour master’s thesis Independent Study (ENVS 695  Master Thesis or CIVL 695  Master Thesis) in any term with academic advisor and thesis advisor consent. The master’s thesis Independent Study can satisfy an elective requirement, may be taken a maximum of two times, and may be taken only once in a semester.

Total MSE Degree Requirement: 24 semester hours + 6 semester hours from MBA, satisfying the MSE degree requirement of 30 semester hours

Year 2

Summer Session - 6 semester hours

  • Business & Society Core 3 semester hours
  • MBA Elective 3 semester hours

Summer Session - 3 semester hours

Total MBA Degree Requirement: 36 semester hours + 15 semester hours from MSE in Civil Engineering, satisfying the MBA degree requirement of 51 semester hours

Note: When the course requirements outlined above are completed, the student should submit an application for degree to be awarded both the MBA and the MSE in Civil Engineering.

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