M.S. in Systems Engineering

M.S. in Systems Engineering, option for a Technical Focus:

 

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to solving modern technological problems characterized by high and ever growing complexity, with critical interactions between science, technology, medicine, and business. The Systems Engineering body of knowledge evolved to successfully manage such systems. The unique strength of the programs is internationally recognized research and teaching in advanced Lean methods as applied to Systems

Our Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering is intended for working professionals who hold a Bachelor’s degree in one of the branches of Engineering or Science. Courses are taught in the evenings at LMU’s Westchester Campus. The program is typically completed in two years by a working student taking two courses per semester including some summer courses. Our program offers a rich menu of study options in a variety of technical areas.  

 

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Systems Engineering Program Director: Claire Leon, Ph.D.
310.338.7878 | claire.leon@lmu.edu

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  • Objective

    Engineering, programs, and the healthcare operations.  

    The objective of the program is to provide the educational background required by engineers and scientist tackling complex interdisciplinary problems, in order to design, implement, deploy and sustain successful systems.

  • Admissions Requirements

    All applicants must submit:

    • Application to Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit http://graduate.lmu.edu
    • 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
    • Resume
    • Three letters of recommendation (Two for Certificate Programs)
    • Essay discussing how the MS in SE fits into applicant's career development (not required for Certificate Program)

    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.

  • Degree Requirements

    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 33 semester hours (11 courses), as follows: 18 Semester hours (6 courses) Core System Engineering Courses, 9 Semester hours (3 courses) Electives-9 credits, 3-6 Semester Hours (1-2 courses) Systems Engineering Integrative Project/Thesis 
    • For MS in Systems Engineering with a Technical Focus, the electives are in the specific technical discipline

    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.

  • MS Systems Engineering

    The requirement for the MS in Systems Engineering degree is 11 courses, as follows:

    Core Courses: 

    • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 520 Engineering Ethics and Communications 3 semester hours
    • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 550 Systems Architecting 3 semester hours
    • SELP 600 Advanced Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 640 Model Based Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 695 Systems Engineering Integrative Project/Thesis 3 TO 6 semester hours

    Three Electives to be selected from the following courses:

    • SELP 540 Systems Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 560 Integration of Hybrid Hardware and Software Systems 3 semester hours
    • SELP 598 Special Studies 1 TO 3 semester hours
    • SELP 610 Advanced Program Leadership 3 semester hours
    • SELP 620 Quality 3 semester hours
    • SELP 630 Advanced Lean Management of Engineering Programs 3 semester hours
    • SELP 650 IT and Software Project Management for Systems Engineers 3 semester hours
    • SELP 660 Cyber Security 3 semester hours
    • SELP 668 Modeling and Analysis 3 semester hours
    • SELP 670 Spacecraft Design 3 semester hours
    • SELP 673 New Product Design and Development 3 semester hours
    • SELP 691 Systems Engineering Case Studies 3 semester hours
    • SELP 692 Systems Engineering Seminar 3 semester hours
    • SELP 699 Independent Studies 1 to 3 semester hours

    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.

  • MS Systems Engineering, Technical Focus: Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, or Sustainability Science

    11 courses are required for graduation, as follows:

    Required Systems Engineering courses:

    • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 520 Engineering Ethics and Communications 3 semester hours
    • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 550 Systems Architecting 3 semester hours
    • SELP 640 Model Based Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 695 Systems Engineering Integrative Project/Thesis 3 TO 6 semester hours

    Plus one (1) Systems Engineering Elective to be chosen from the following courses:

    • SELP 540 Systems Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 560 Integration of Hybrid Hardware and Software Systems 3 semester hours
    • SELP 598 Special Studies 1 TO 3 semester hours
    • SELP 610 Advanced Program Leadership 3 semester hours
    • SELP 620 Quality 3 semester hours
    • SELP 630 Advanced Lean Management of Engineering Programs 3 semester hours
    • SELP 650 IT and Software Project Management for Systems Engineers 3 semester hours
    • SELP 660 Cyber Security 3 semester hours
    • SELP 668 Modeling and Analysis 3 semester hours
    • SELP 670 Spacecraft Design 3 semester hours
    • SELP 673 New Product Design and Development 3 semester hours
    • SELP 691 Systems Engineering Case Studies 3 semester hours
    • SELP 692 Systems Engineering Seminar 3 semester hours
    • SELP 699 Independent Studies 1 to 3 semester hours

    Plus three (3) courses from the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Environmental Science or Sustainability, to be approved by the Graduate Director of the Civil Engineering and Environmental Science Program.  

  • MS Systems Engineering, Technical Focus: Computer Science or Electrical Engineering

    Computer Science Focus:

    11 following courses are required for graduation:

    Required Systems Engineering courses:

    • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 520 Engineering Ethics and Communications 3 semester hours
    • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 550 Systems Architecting 3 semester hours
    • SELP 640 Model Based Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 560 Integration of Hybrid Hardware and Software Systems 3 semester hours
    • SELP 650 IT and Software Project Management for Systems Engineers 3 semester hours
    • SELP 660 Introduction to Cybersecurity Concepts, Principles, & Practices 3 semester hours
    • CMSI 601 Graduate Seminar 3 semester hours
    • A Computer Science elective at the 500 or 600 level (3 semester hours)

    Electrical Engineering Focus:

    11 following courses are required for graduation:

    Required Systems Engineering courses:

    • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 520 Engineering Ethics and Communications 3 semester hours
    • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 550 Systems Architecting 3 semester hours
    • SELP 640 Model Based Systems Engineering 3 semester hours

    Plus:

    • Three Electrical Engineering electives at the 500 or 600 level (4 semester hours each)
    • ELEC 601 Graduate Seminar 4 semester hours, or SELP 695 Capstone Project 3 semester hours

    Notes:

    • The ELEC courses must be approved by the Advisor. 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 student opting for ELEC 601 will have to compete 34 units; opting for SELP 695 requires 33 units.
  • MS Systems Engineering, Technical Focus: Cyber Security

    11 following courses are required for graduation:

    Systems Engineering core courses:

    • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 520 Engineering Ethics and Communications 3 semester hours
    • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 550 Systems Architecting 3 semester hours
    • SELP 640 Model Based Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 695 Systems Engineering Integrative Project/Thesis 3 TO 6 semester hours

    Plus one (1) Systems Engineering Elective to be chosen from the following courses:

    • SELP 540 Systems Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 560 Integration of Hybrid Hardware and Software Systems 3 semester hours
    • SELP 598 Special Studies 1 TO 3 semester hours
    • SELP 610 Advanced Program Leadership Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 620 Quality 3 semester hours
    • SELP 630 Advanced Lean Management of Engineering Programs 3 semester hours
    • SELP 650 IT and Software Project Management for Systems Engineers 3 semester hours
    • SELP 660 Cyber Security 3 semester hours
    • SELP 668 Modeling and Analysis 3 semester hours
    • SELP 670 Spacecraft Design 3 semester hours
    • SELP 673 New Product Design and Development 3 semester hours
    • SELP 691 Systems Engineering Case Studies 3 semester hours
    • SELP 692 Systems Engineering Seminar 3 semester hours
    • SELP 699 Independent Studies 1 to 3 semester hours

    Plus three following courses in Cybersecurity:

    • SELP 660 Introduction to Cybersecurity Concepts, Principles, & Practices
    • SELP 661: Cybersecurity Management and Governance for Enterprises
    • SELP 662: Principles and Practices for Secure Software Development
  • MS Systems Engineering, Technical Focus: Mechanical Engineering

    11 following courses are required for graduation:

    Systems Engineering core courses:

    • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 520 Engineering Ethics and Communications 3 semester hours
    • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 550 Systems Architecting 3 semester hours
    • SELP 640 Model Based Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 695 Systems Engineering Integrative Project/Thesis 3 TO 6 semester hours

    Plus one (1) Systems Engineering Elective to be chosen from the following courses:

    • SELP 540 Systems Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 560 Integration of Hybrid Hardware and Software Systems 3 semester hours
    • SELP 598 Special Studies 1 TO 3 semester hours
    • SELP 610 Advanced Program Leadership Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 620 Quality 3 semester hours
    • SELP 630 Advanced Lean Management of Engineering Programs 3 semester hours
    • SELP 650 IT and Software Project Management for Systems Engineers 3 semester hours
    • SELP 660 Cyber Security 3 semester hours
    • SELP 668 Modeling and Analysis 3 semester hours
    • SELP 670 Spacecraft Design 3 semester hours
    • SELP 673 New Product Design and Development 3 semester hours
    • SELP 691 Systems Engineering Case Studies 3 semester hours
    • SELP 692 Systems Engineering Seminar 3 semester hours
    • SELP 699 Independent Studies 1 to 3 semester hours

    Plus three (3) 500- or 600-level MECH courses approved by the Advisor.

  • Dual Degree Program

    Students enrolled in the SELP Program are advised by the SELP Program Coordinator and can begin in any semester. The MBA portion of the program operates as a cohort that begins only in the Fall semester. The cohort requires each student to abide by the prescribed MBA curriculum for the first year which contains no electives. MBA electives can be taken in year two of the MBA program and may include SELP courses as needed to meet both degree requirements. It is recommended that incoming students take a full course load of SELP courses the first year of the dual-degree program, then begin the MBA cohort in year two, and select electives and additional SELP courses in year three.

    In addition to the MBA Curriculum, SELP students will take a total of eight (8) Systems Engineering courses, of which four will be used to satisfy the emphasis/concentration requirement for the MBA degree. Students will also be required to take MBAH 673/SELP 673 New Product Design and Development. The entire program will require:

    MBA curriculum                                            45 semester hours

    SELP curriculum (8 courses)                          24 semester hours

    Overlap course (MBAH 673/SELP 673)            3 semester hours, can be taken in either College

    Total:                                                           72 semester hours

    Required College of Science and Engineering courses in Systems Engineering

    • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 520 Engineering Ethics and Communications 3 semester hours
    • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours
    • SELP 550 Systems Architecting 3 semester hours
    • SELP 600 Advanced Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 630 Advanced Lean Management of Engineering Programs 3 semester hours
    • SELP 640 Model Based Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 695 Systems Engineering Integrative Project/Thesis 3 TO 6 semester hours

    SELP Director has the discretion to substitute other SELP coursework based on availability and Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Dean's office approval.

  • Certificate in Program Leadership

    Completion of three (3) following courses (9 semester hours):

    • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 610 Advanced Program Leadership 3 semester hours
    • SELP 630 Advanced Lean Management of Engineering Programs 3 semester hours

    If the enrolling student lacks the prerequisite knowledge of Lean (equivalent to course SELP 530 Lean Thinking), then this course should be taken prior to SELP 630. This course will not count towards the certificate credits but would count towards the subsequent M.S. degree credits, if chosen.

    SELP Director has the discretion to substitute other SELP coursework based on availability and Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Dean's office approval. The student can complete the certificate program in one year taking one course per semester, including Summer.

  • Certificate in Systems Engineering

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

    • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
    • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
    • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours

    SELP Director has the discretion to substitute other SELP coursework based on availability and Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Dean's office approval. The student can complete the certificate program in one year taking one course per semester, including Summer.