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Admission Requirements for Systems Engineering at LMU

Accelerate your career with a master's degree in Systems Engineering. Learn more about admissions requirements for each of our three programs:

  • MS in Systems Engineering, for engineering professionals to advance their career
  • 4+1 MS in Systems Engineering, for current LMU undergraduate students earning their bachelor's degree, who wish to earn a master's degree one year later
  • MS / MBA Dual Degree: MS in Systems Engineering, Masters of Business Administration, for engineering professionals looking to take their company and leadership skills to the next level
  • Systems Engineering Certificate Program, for engineering professionals looking to deepen their technical knowledge without a full master's program commitment

Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Graduate Admissions Application + $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts for all schools attended since high school
  • Two years of related work experience documentation (recommended)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay discussing how the MS in Systems Engineering fits into the applicant's career development and includes background in work experience and/or academic projects

Promising applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may be considered for conditional admission. If admitted, a conditional candidate must demonstrate satisfactory performance during the first year of the program.

4+1 MS in Systems Engineering

Current LMU undergraduates earning their bachelor's degree can earn a master's in systems engineering in one year through the 4+1 program. Admission requirements:

  • Senior standing in fall semester
  • Application to Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 recommended. Lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Essay demonstrating passion for systems engineering
  • Two letters of recommendation

MS / MBA Dual Degree: MS in Systems Engineering, Masters of Business Administration

The Dual Degree Program, MS in Systems Engineering and Master's in Business Administration, requires admission into both the MBA Program in the College of Business Administration and the Systems Engineering Program in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. However, the admission process to both colleges will be coordinated within the university, so prospective students need to submit only one application to the LMU Graduate Division. See both program pages for both admission requirements.

Systems Engineering Certificate Programs

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Application to Graduate Admission and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit
  • Transcript documenting B.S. in engineering or B.A. in Program Management or equivalent degree (GPA of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university program.

  • Brief personal statement discussing how the graduate program fits the applicant's career goals.

Non-Degree Option

For students interested in taking courses without the commitment of a degree or certificate (non-degree students), fill out a one-page form from the Graduate Division Office and send your resume to Dr. Claire Leon.

Submission Deadline

Applicants for all three Systems Engineering programs can be admitted any time during the academic year. Applicants can enter the program in the fall or spring semesters or during summer sessions.

For specific deadlines, please refer to the Graduate Admission Submission Deadlines.

Alumna Candace Givens
Candace Givens, LMU MSSE Alumna

"LMU is widely recognized and respected, not only for educational excellence, but also for a very real sense of community and hands-on partnership. At LMU I made friendships that will last a lifetime and found mentors that have impacted me throughout my career."