System Engineering

Area Director: Lynch, Christopher,


Degree: Master of Science in Engineering With Certificate of Specialization in Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering brings an integrated interdisciplinary approach to the development of complex engineered systems.  The UCLA Systems Engineering program sets itself apart from others by combining the core elements of systems engineering (project management, fundamentals of systems, safety and reliability, systems architecture, and model based systems) with disciplinary graduate level engineering courses.  This enables graduates of the UCLA program to work as a systems engineer while drawing from a depth of knowledge at the disciplinary level.

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Degree Requirements: At least nine courses are required (36 Units), 5 core courses in Systems Engineering + 3-4 courses in a technical domain, and meet Comprehensive Exam Requirement. Please see comprehensive requirements below:

Systems Engineering Core Courses (Select a Minimum of 5)

  1. ENGR 201, Introduction to Systems Engineering Prof. Siegel,   (Fall)
  2. ENGR 200, Project Management Prof. Lackman, (Winter)
  3. ENGR 202, Systems Reliability and Safety Prof. Hecht,  (Spring)
  4. ENGR 203, Systems Architecture and Design Prof. Siegel,   (Summer)
  5. ENGR 204, Trusted Systems Prof. Kenneth Kung,   (Winter)
  6. ENGR 205, Model-Based Systems Engineering Prof. Mosley,  (Fall)
  7. ENGR 206, Engineering for Systems Assurance Prof. Kenneth Kung,   (Spring)

Technical Domains: It is recommended to take 3 courses in one of the following technical domains with at least 1 graduate level courses:

Domain of Specializations:

  1. Cyber Security
    Courses: CS236: Computer Security (Spring), E204: Trusted Engineering (Winter), E206: Systems Resilience (Fall)
  2. Advanced Composite Technology
    Courses: MAE297: Composite Manufacturing (Fall), E210: Certification of Composite Structures, E211: (Spring), and E212: Repair of Composite Structures (Summer)
  3. Computer Networking
    Courses: CS211: Network Protocol and Systems Design for Wireless and Mobile Networks (Fall), CS217A: Internet Architecture and Protocols (Winter)
  4. Thin Film Technology
    Courses: MSE223: Materials Science of Thin Films (Fall), MSE224: Deposition Technologies and Their Applications (Winter), MSE298: Mechanical Behavior of Thin Films (Spring)
  5. Structural Analysis
    Courses: CEE235A: Advanced Structural Analysis (Fall), CEE235B Finite Element Analysis of Structures (Winter), MAE272: Theory of Nanomaterials
  6. Communication Systems
    Courses: EE132B: Data Communications and Telecommunications Networks, EE113D: Digital Signal Processing Design, EE 231A: Information Theory: Channel and Source Coding, EE232B: Telecommunication Switching and Queueing System, EE230B Digital Communications Systems
  7. Information Based Systems
    Courses: CS118: Computer Network Fundamentals, CS236: Computer Security, CS217A: Internet Architecture and Protocols, EE230B: Digital Communications Systems, CS213A: Embedded Systems
  8. Radar Systems
    EE131A: Probability, EE113: Digital Signal Processing, EE230A: Estimation and Detection in Communication and Radar Engineering, EE210A: Adaptive Filtering, EE215A: Analog Integrated Circuit Design
  9. Embedded Systems
    Courses: CS118: Computer Network Fundamentals, CS111: Operating Systems Principles, CS213a: Embedded Systems, CS236: Computer Security, EE230B: Digital Communications Systems
  10. Control Engineering
    Courses: MAE270A: Linear Dynamic Systems (Fall), MAE270B: Linear Optimal Control (Winter), MAE272:
  11. Manufacturing
    Courses: MAE294: (Fall), (Winter), EE230B: Digital Communication Systems (Spring)
  12. Power Systems
    Courses: Smart Grid Technology (Fall), Power Systems Fundamentals (Winter) Dynamics and Controls of Power Systems (Spring)
  13. Custom Domain

Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement in two ways: Choose (1 option below)

Option 1:

Take and Pass ENGR 299 Capstone Project course.

Option 2:

Take and pass three written exams for three different graduate level courses within the student’s area of specialization. The written exams are held concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses. Students may select which exams they would like to count towards the Comprehensive Exam requirement.

Thesis Plan



Students are expected to complete the degree within two academic years and one quarter, including two summer sessions. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.