Systems Engineering


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

Area Director: Professor Jenn-Ming Yang – 

Program Description: 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 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.

Systems Engineering Core Courses – Select a minimum of (5) from the list below:

  1. ENGR 201 – Systems Engineering (Fall)
  2. ENGR 200 – Project Management Principles for Engineers and Professionals (Winter)
  3. ENGR 202 – Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability (Spring)
  4. ENGR 203 – System Architecture (Summer)
  5. ENGR 204 – Trusted Systems Engineering (Winter)
  6. ENGR 205 – Model-Based Systems Engineering (Fall)
  7. ENGR 206 – Engineering for Systems Assurance (Summer)

Technical Domain: Take a minimum of three courses in one of the following technical domains below, with at least one graduate (200) level course OR build a custom domain (see #13 below). 

Please visit the Registrar’s webpage for Course Descriptions.

Domain of Specializations 

  1. Cyber Security
    Courses: COM SCI 236 Computer Security (Spring), ENGR 204 Trusted Systems Engineering (Winter), ENGR 206 Engineering for Systems Assurance (Summer)
  2. Advanced Composite Technology
    Courses: MECH&AE M297C Composites Manufacturing (Spring), MAT SCI 298 Nondestructive Evaluations (Winter), MAT SCI 250B Advanced Composite Materials (formerly known as MAT SCI 298 – Damage Tolerance, Durability and Repair of Composite Structures) (Summer).
  3. Computer Networking
    Courses: COM SCI 118 – Computer Networking Fundamentals (Fall), COM SCI 211 Network Protocol and Systems Design for Wireless and Mobile Networks (Fall), COM SCI 217A Internet Architecture and Protocols (Winter)
  4. Thin Film Technology
    Courses: MAT SCI 223 Materials Science of Thin Films (Winter), MAT SCI 224 Deposition Technologies and Their Applications (Winter), MAT SCI 298 Mechanical Behavior of Thin Films (Spring)
  5. Structural Analysis
    Courses: C&EE 235A Advanced Structural Analysis (Fall), C&EE 235B Finite Element Analysis of Structures (Spring), C&EE 233 Mechanics of Composite Material Structures (Spring).
  6. Communication Systems
    Courses: EC ENGR 132B Data Communications and Telecommunications Networks (Winter), EC ENGR  231A Information Theory: Channel and Source Coding (Summer), EC ENGR 232B Telecommunication Switching and Queueing System (Spring), EL ENGR 230B Digital Communications Systems (Winter).
  7. Information Based Systems
    Courses: COM SCI 118 Computer Network Fundamentals (Fall), COM SCI 236 Computer Security (Spring), COM SCI 217A Internet Architecture and Protocols (Winter), EC ENGR 230B Digital Communications Systems (Winter)
  8. Radar Systems
    EC ENGR 131A Probability, EC ENGR 113 Digital Signal Processing, EC ENGR 230A Estimation and Detection in Communication and Radar Engineering, EC ENGR 215A Analog Integrated Circuit Design.
  9. Embedded Systems
    Courses: COM SCI 118 Computer Network Fundamentals, COM SCI 111 Operating Systems Principles, COM SCI 236 Computer Security, EC ENGR 230B Digital Communications Systems.
  10. Control Engineering
    Courses: MECH&AE 270A Linear Dynamic Systems (Fall), MECH&AE 270B Linear Optimal Control (Winter), MECH&AE 273A Robust Control Systems (TBD)
  11. Manufacturing
    Courses: MECH&AE 297A Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing(Fall), MECH&AE 297B Material Processing in Manufacturing (Winter), MECH&AE 297C Composites Manufacturing (Spring)
  12. Power Systems
    Courses: EC ENGR 112 Introduction to Power Systems (Fall),  ENGR 188  Dynamics and Controls of Power Systems (Winter),  MECH&AE C297A Design and Analysis of Smart Grids (Spring).
  13. Custom Domain – Choose 3-4 courses with a specific focus.  Courses must be approved by the Area Director.


Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement by choosing ONE 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.