Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering and Healthcare Systems Engineering

Oppenheim at Kaiser facility with employees

The LMU Systems Engineering (SE) programs are graduate-only programs characterized by excellence in SE and Healthcare Systems Engineering education that prepare its graduates to address and ethically solve some of the most complex problems facing society. The programs are directed at working professionals and feature a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to the needs of the student including an option to focus in the standard engineering disciplines (civil engineering-water resources; computer science; cybersecurity; environmental science; mechanical engineering; and sustainability), and in healthcare. The option to earn both the MS in SE and MBA degrees is rarely found at other universities.  The unique strength of the programs is internationally recognized research and teaching in advanced Lean methods as applied to SE, programs, and the healthcare operations.  

Modern technological programs and healthcare are characterized by high and ever growing complexity, multidisciplinary character, and strong interactions between science, technology, medicine, business, and human civilization. Systems Engineering is the body of knowledge evolved to successfully manage such systems. As a leader in Systems Engineering education, our programs offers a rich menu of study options and technical areas. 

National Need for Healthcare Systems Engineering: In 2014, The White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued the so-called PCAST report recommending using Systems Engineering for the highly complex challenges in modern healthcare, stating: “…Systems Engineering know-how must be propagated at all levels [of healthcare]” and “Implementation of [systems engineering] bears potential not only to improve the efficiency of [health] care delivery, but also to improve its quality.” The LMU Healthcare Systems Engineering M.S. degree program offers unique education addressing this urgent national need.  Systems Engineering is a body of knowledge that originated in aerospace industry to assure perfect performance of complex multi-disciplinary systems. Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) is mostly a non-mathematical body of knowledge, although some areas use statistics, modeling and simulations and informatics. HSE helps solving healthcare problems in a broad range of areas, including: Patient Safety Systems; Lean Streamlining and modeling of operations in emergency departments, operating rooms, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, supply chain and administration; Interoperability and connectivity of medical devices; Electronic records and healthcare enterprise informatics; Connecting fragmented healthcare system elements; Simulations and modeling of operations and economic analysis; and Population medicine and big data analytics:

Programs Offered

Master's (MS) Degree Programs and Options

MS Degree Program in Healthcare Systems Engineering

Dual Degree Program

Certificate Programs

Admission and Graduation Requirements

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


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 terms when each course meets two evenings per week for 3.5 hours each.

The Systems Engineering MS program, introducing the Systems Engineering MS programs with Technical Focus, are designed to be completed in about two years by a working student taking two courses per semester, including some summer courses.

The regular Healthcare Systems Engineering MS program is 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 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 Certificate in Lean Healthcare Systems can be completed in one year.)

The regular Healthcare Systems Engineering MS students and the Certificate in Lean Healthcare students enter the program in Summer Term II. They can apply year round. The 4+1 Healthcare Systems Engineering students must apply during the Fall semester of their Senior year and are admitted during that semester. They enter the program in the Senior Spring semester. 

All non-Healthcare students can be admitted anytime during the academic year and can enter the program in any semester or summer terms.

Registering into the 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.


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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Systems Engineering Program Director: Frederick S. Brown, Ph.D.
310.338.7878 |

Associate Director for Healthcare Systems Engineering: Bohdan Oppenheim, Ph.D.
310.338.2825 |