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Master of Science in Systems Engineering

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree program at Loyola Marymount University offers a curriculum that blends engineering, technology, and management principles. Graduate students join a diverse community of working professionals as their classmates, enriching their learning through shared experiences and perspectives.

The fully online program features interactive remote learning and evening classes to accommodate the schedule of working professionals. Our faculty have extensive industry experience and strong ties with leading companies — providing practical insights into real-world applications as well as opportunities for internships and job placements at some of the nation’s top aerospace, engineering and technology firms.

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3 courses for core classes, 3 courses for Business of Engineering, and 3 courses for technical electives all count as 1 captone course

A Systems Engineering M.S. equips you to tackle industry challenges head-on by applying innovative thinking to solve problems efficiently. Students in our program gain expertise in engineering, technology, management, and communication, fostering collaboration and adaptability in diverse projects. 

System engineers have a broad impact. Our program can open doors to leadership roles, project management, and strategic decision-making, offering increased earning potential and advanced career opportunities.

With small class sizes and the ability to customize your course of study, this robust program encompasses three areas of study and a technical focus of your choice. Technical focus pathways are available in:

  • systems engineering
  • engineering management
  • aeronautics and space systems
  • electrical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • software architecture
  • mechanical engineering
  • cybersecurity

Faculty Elected to National Academy

Claire Leon, Ph.D., senior lecturer and former director in systems engineering joins group of 106 US and 23 international new members of National Academy of Engineering.

Evaluating Radar Laboratory Safety

Chasen Himeda, who earned his master's in systems engineering, conducted an evaluation of radar laboratory safety systems at Raytheon for his capstone project.

Alumnus Driven by Innate Curiosity and Can-Do Spirit

Bryan Calungcagin '20 utilizes learning from professors with real-world experience and applying to work with Northrup Grumman.

Improving Efficiency at Church Food Bank

Graduate student Joshua Fuentes is tackling the problem of how to improve the efficiency of a food bank in Riverside.

Alumni Testimonial

"The master's in systems engineering degree from LMU game me the skills and credibility to lead the systems engineering effort for a variety of engineering projects ... and taught me to confidently guide a team of engineers through design, build, and test phases with a focus on lean engineering principles, agile requirements management, and designing for testability."

Bri Jarcho, LMU MSSE Alumna

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Why LMU?

  • Learn how to adapt systems to embrace emerging technologies and stay competitive in the ever-changing market.
  • Develop the ability to collaborate with experts from diverse fields, fostering teamwork and driving projects to success.
  • Learn to analyze complex data, evaluate risks, and make strategic choices that impact the overall system performance.
  • Acquire management skills to oversee projects from inception to completion, meeting requirements and deadlines.
  • A people-first curriculum designed with the help of national experts
  • Covers a broad range of areas in the field
  • Ideal for full-time students, nurses, and other health care industry professionals ready to move into leadership and administration positions
  • Follows LMU's mission to encourage learning, encourage the whole person, the service of faith and the promotion of justice
  • University student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
  • Female students comprise 46% of the LMU student body

How To Apply

Admission Requirements

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  • A completed Online Application and $50 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts (one copy) of all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume showing two years of related work experience (recommended)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (1-2 pages) that explains how the Systems Engineering Master’s Program fits into your career development.
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Fast Track Options

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Eager To Enter The Workforce? Check out LMU’s fast-track degree options, where you can earn your graduate degree quickly and start making strides in your field.