Systems Engineering and Leadership Program (Dual Degree MS and MBA)

Systems Engineering Leadership Program (dual degree: M.B.A. and M.S. in Systems Engineering)

The mission of the Systems Engineering Leadership Program (SELP) 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 SELP will confer two degrees upon its graduates: an MBA and an MS in Systems Engineering. Students may obtain either an MS in Systems Engineering or an MBA degree as a stand-alone by fulfilling the individual degree requirements. Taking the dual degree program saves the student several courses compared to the two programs taken separately.


Both the MBA Program in the College of Business and the Systems Engineering Program in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering must accept students applying to the SELP for admission. The admissions process to both Colleges will be coordinated within the University. Prospective students need to submit only one application to the LMU Graduate Division. Submit the application to Graduate Admissions with a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit Applicants must submit:

  • GMAT or GRE score (for admission into the College of Business Administration)
  • A transcript documenting the Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science from an ABET accredited program (or equivalent) with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Three or more years of related work experience
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay discussing how the two degrees fit into applicant's career development

Graduation Requirements

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.

Students who receive a grade of less than "B" in any 500-level course of 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.


The dual degree can be completed in three years by a student taking two courses each semester, including summer.   When the course requirements outlined above are completed, the student will be awarded both the MBA and the MS in Systems Engineering degrees.

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. A full-time course load is considered to be two courses in Fall and Spring semesters.