Master of Science in Logistics Systems Engineering

Logistics Systems Engineering

Master of Science in Logistics Systems Engineering (MS-LSE) is an interdisciplinary program, which focuses on logistics, lean, quality, production, and healthcare systems. It prepares students for a variety of different positions by giving them the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within the realistic constraints. Students seeking admission in this program must have a bachelor’s degree in any engineering, technology, applied sciences, business, and related academic disciplines.

U.S. and International students can choose to enroll to study on the main BGSU campus or in the online program.

The MS-LSE program prepares students to combat issues that arise in logistic and systems engineering settings, and to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. MS-LSE graduates will be competent to occupy positions such as Systems Engineer, Engineering Manager, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Analyst, Healthcare Analyst, Industrial Engineer, Plant Manager, Systems Integrator, Process Improvement Manager, and Engineering Operations Manager.

For a regular admission in the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must submit their resumes listing educational background and job experience among others.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for regular admission to the program.  All Graduate College admissions policies pertaining to GPA requirements will be followed for this program.
  • Applicants must submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) may be submitted in place of the GRE. GRE may be waived in case-by-case instances when an applicant has a graduate degree from a U.S. institution or at least five years of relevant and progressive experience. Applicants must submit their graduate transcripts showing degree completion or a one-page summary of their job experience stating job responsibilities, duration, accomplishments, and supervisor contact information.
  • Scanned copies of transcripts from previously attended institutions are required to complete application. Final official or notarized copies of transcripts and diplomas will be required upon admission.
  • Applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation addressed to the Graduate Coordinator.  These letters should come from individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications and ability to successfully complete graduate study.  Examples of these individuals include past professors, supervisors, or colleagues holding a graduate degree.
  • International applicants are also required to submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The Master of Science in Logistics Systems Engineering program is composed of 30 credit hours post bachelor’s and is designed to teach students to solve problems that arise in logistic and systems engineering settings, and to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

Major coursework includes logistics transportation and distribution systems; integrated logistics planning and analysis; supply chain management; Logistics Systems Design and Analysis; healthcare systems engineering; demand driven supply chain planning and operations; quality management in healthcare delivery; data mining; project management; and graduate internship or study abroad experience. The program culminates in a six credit hours thesis or a three hours capstone project.

Outstanding Job Placement

Go Far with a career as a systems engineer, logistics manager, industrial engineer, supply chain analyst, engineering operations manager, and many more.

Internships & Careers

This program offers an optional internship program or a study abroad experience to Panama to infuse international aspect of logistics and system design into the curriculum. The purpose of the internship experience is to gain working knowledge about the daily roles and responsibilities of administrators and managers in a Logistics and Systems Engineering occupation; develop the management and leadership skills to promote a productive working environment in Logistics and Systems Engineering occupations; and promote the student’s personal and career development through interaction with the supervisor and members of the organization or company.

Salary & Job Placement Data

In the Midwest, the demand for employees with a master’s degree in Logistics System Engineering (LSE) rose 50% in the last decade, based on a market research study conducted by EAB Global, Inc. Nationally, there was an even greater increase in demand for LSE master’s degree holding students by employers. The average advertised annual salary for LSE degree-holding employees is $102,000.

Program Highlights

  • This program is a Joint program between the BGSU College of Technology Architecture and Applied Engineering and the College of Business. It is one of the very few programs in the nation that blends engineering skills with business skills.
  • Highly demanding and highly compensated soft-skilled based engineering program

Quality Classroom Experiences

Our faculty is made up of recognized leaders in their respective fields, providing highly personalized attention within a learner-centered environment. This strong mentoring community strikes just the right balance of the most current, relevant theory with hands-on, practical knowledge that prepares our graduates to succeed in a rapidly evolving, global environment. The graduates from this program will be well versed in designing, managing, and making business decisions related to the real world complex systems.

Sample Plan of Study: Capstone Project Option

* A student may take TECH 6960 in Year 2/Semester 1 and finish this program in 1.5 years

Year 1/Semester 1   Year 1/Semester 2  
LSE 5020
3 LSE 5020 3
MBA 5420 3 MBA 6040 3
Elective 1 3 Elective 2
Total credits 9   9
Year 2/Semester 1   Year 2/Semester 2  
LSE 6750 3 TECH 6960* 3
Elective 3 3    
Elective 4 3    
Total credits 9   3

Sample Plan of Study: Thesis Research Option

Year 1/Semester 1   Year 1/Semester 2  
LSE 5020
3 LSE 5020 3
MBA 5420 3 MBA 6040 3
Elective 1 3 Elective 2
Total credits 9   9
Year 2/Semester 1   Year 2/Semester 2  
LSE 6750 3 TECH 6990 3
Elective 3 3    
TECH 6990 3    
Total credits 9   3

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Logistics Systems Engineering is a joint program between the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering and the College of Business. This degree requires 30 credit hours from three areas. The core consists of 15 credit hours; 9 credit hours from engineering and 6 credit hours from supply chain management. At least 18 credit hours of 6000 or higher level courses must be taken. Synthesis hours cannot be taken without the consent of advisor and graduate coordinator.

Here is the downloadable PDF of the Logistics Systems Engineering Degree Requirement Flowchart

Course Requirements

LSE 5020 - Logistics Transportation Systems
Analysis, design, and implementation of domestic and international transportation systems of people, processes, and technology. Not repeatable. Approved for distance education.

LSE 5030 - Logistics Distribution Systems
Distribution systems design, warehouse design, process design, and material handling within the extended enterprise. Approved for distance education.

MBA 5420 - Integrated Logistics Planning and Analytics
Overview of the logistics function in a global supply chain.  Topics include logistics demand management, transportation, and distribution analytics, logistics service quality, logistics information and communication technology, cycle counting, vendor managed inventory, warehousing, transportation regulations and pricing, rate negotiation, third party logistics, and global logistics strategy. Prerequisite: MBA 6040. Credit may not be received for MBA 5420 and MGMT 4420.

MBA 6040 - Supply Chain Management
Focuses on how supply chains create value for organizations, their suppliers and customers. Explores supply, operations, and logistics processes and how they are integrated with other functions within the firm and across organizations. Examines supply chain strategy; product, process, and service design; quality and lean; planning, control, and measurement systems; and ethical and environmental decisions. Prerequisite: MBA students only or with permission of Graduate and Executive Studies in Business. Approved for Distance Ed. Extra Fee.

LSE 6750 - Logistics Systems Design and Analysis
The design and operation of contemporary logistics, with a special emphasis of modeling and analysis. Approved for distance education.

  • LSE 5700 - Study Abroad Experience or TECH 6890 - Graduate Internship
  • LSE 6760 - Healthcare Systems Optimization
  • MBA 5450 - Demand Driven Supply Chain Planning and Operations
  • MHSA 6450 - Quality Management in Health Services Delivery
  • MSA 5020 - Regression Analysis
  • MSA 6440 or CS 6440 or STAT 6440 - Data Mining
  • SCM 6010 - Category Management and Strategic Sourcing
  • TECH 6200 or SCM 6030 - Project Management
  • TECH 6500 - Seminar in Renewable Technologies
  • TECH 6710 - Automation and Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing
  • QS 6160 - Quality Culture Assessment
  • QS 6270 - Lean Systems Analysis
  • Other courses as approved by Graduate Coordinator

Plan I or Plan II

Plan I: Thesis
The thesis option is a major project of original research, conducted under the supervision of the student’s major advisor. Students electing this option must register for no fewer than six credit hours of thesis research as part of their degree program.

  • TECH 6990 - Thesis Research (6 hrs) 

Plan II: Capstone Project

Students choosing this option will conduct an applied project with a company to address a real world problem using skills learned from various program courses. The students will write a project report and present the findings.

  • TECH 6960 - Supervised Practicum in Applied Engineering (3 hrs)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master's degree, students in Logistics Systems Engineering are expected to be able to:

  • Perform planning and strategic decision-making effectively in the field of logistics and systems engineering.
  • Perform modeling and analysis of systems and integrate the results.
  • Design systems with a clear understanding of complex dynamics in the field of logistics and systems engineering.
  • Adapt effective leadership in project management through clear communication and collaborative teamwork.
  • Integrate core competencies to develop solutions to complex systems problems in the field of logistics and systems engineering.

Updated: 06/22/2023 05:37PM