Why Lyle Distance Education?

Proven Distance Education Experience

For more than 50 years, we’ve positioned graduate students for success through diverse programming. Lyle delivers a proven, fully-accredited private school engineering education to hundreds of students around the world. Our flexible and convenient program is designed to provide qualified students with a rewarding graduate education that fits their busy lifestyles. We offer nearly 20 graduate programs of advanced graduate study for students at home and abroad. Lyle’s responsive, committed DE staff understands the needs of working professionals and are available for support and guidance along the way.


Same First-Rate, Detailed Course Content as On-Campus 

Lyle graduate degree programs deliver the same first-rate, detailed content of on-campus courses. DE students view streamed versions of live lectures to complete any of the graduate degrees or non-degree options available. DE instruction has proven to be an effective education medium with advantages such as the ability to replay the lectures as many times as needed, and 24/7 access to digital library resources. Most degree programs are 10 courses, or 30 hours with no on-campus or thesis requirements ― all designed to further professional career goals. 


Learn From Industry-Leading Faculty

Virtually all Lyle faculty have gained practical experience as engineers, applied scientists, consultants, or administrators in government service or private industry. Their insights provide distance students with an invaluable link between the latest scientific theories and the reality of the high-technology marketplace. Our faculty is available to DE students and reachable via email, phone or video conferencing.

Students also have an opportunity to learn from adjunct professors who are respected professionals working in the technology community and government agencies. Current adjunct faculty members in the Lyle DE Program come from industry leaders such as AT&T, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Bell-Northern Research and U.S. government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. 


Exclusive Military Benefits Available

SMU invites you to join military personnel at installations across the nation and worldwide who have chosen to learn from a distance education leader. Our DE Program allows you to earn a graduate degree from a nationally-ranked private University. There’s never been a more convenient way to enhance your engineering education and to advance your career. 

We offer:

  • Military/Veteran/Federal Government Employee Pricing — Lyle has a long history of educating military personnel, veterans and federal government employees, offering special tuition rates that will allow your G.I. Bill benefits to go further. Students can use V.A. and Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits, in addition to receiving exclusive pricing. See the school’s policy about qualifications for this rate.
  • Department of Defense (DOD) students can take advantage of the DOD’s Tuition Assistance DECIDE program. Visit TA DECIDE for more information on learning methods, applications and degree levels.
  • Uninterrupted Study — Never again will a military assignment or transfer force students to halt their studies or career advancement. Students take as many or as few courses each term as they wish, and have seven years to complete their degree.
  • Study Anytime, Anywhere — Access to course content via the Canvas portal is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from anywhere in the world. 



“I needed the distance program to be flexible and from a reputable university. I was happy to find that SMU had the degree I was looking for. I find Lyle’s Distance Education program to be open and accessible, the best you can get, and I’m thankful it’s there.”
~ Lauren Melendez, M.A. Sustainability and Development, Electronics Technician, U.S. Coast Guard

“I enjoyed the flexibility to decide when to attend class and work on assignments. It’s a great way to get the benefit of expert instruction but still do the work on your own time.  The program delivered academic rigor, not schedule rigor.” 
~ Carol Jordan, M.S. Datacenter Systems Engineering, Director, Cyberinfrastructure Technologies, Santa Clara University

“Professionals in technology can greatly benefit from Lyle’s innovative and exciting Distance Education program. My master’s degree in Systems Engineering, completed at a distance, has propelled my career in the aerospace industry. Education is the key to continued success, and I’m very proud to be an alumna of Lyle.”
~ Marky Kidd, M.S. Engineering Management, Chief of Staff to Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer, Boeing 

“Lyle's distance education program was extremely appealing to me, largely because it allowed me to continue to pursue my education without putting my career on hold. I was able to work full time, gain real-world experience, while simultaneously continuing my education."
~ Ali Anwar, M.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Operations Research, M.S. Systems Engineering ― Texas Instruments


Awards & Honors

Many of Lyle’s online graduate degree programs have received high rankings, including:

Civil and Environmental Engineering
# 24 2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges, Master’s in Civil Engineering Programs by Online U
#19 50 Best Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering Degree Programs 2019 by Master's Programs Guide
#25 Best Master's in Civil Engineering Online for 2019 by Best College Reviews

Computer Science 
#20 Top 25 Online M.S. in Software Engineering Degree Programs for 2020 by Intelligent.com
#23 with the distinction of “Most Unique,” Best Online Master’s in Software Engineering Programs 2019 by Online Masters

Electrical and Computer Engineering
#11 2020 Best Online Computer Engineering Master’s Programs, for the best value options in computer engineering, based on tuition and alumni-reported salaries by Guide to Online Schools 
# 22 2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges, Master’s in Computer Engineering by Online U
#28 with the distinction of “Most Military Friendly,” Best Online Master’s in Computer Engineering Programs 2019 by Online Masters

Operations Research and Engineering Management
#22 2020 Best Systems Engineering Master’s Online Degrees, Best Online Colleges for value by Guide to Online Schools

Mechanical Engineering
#41 50 Best Online Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree Programs 2019 by Master's Programs Guide
#30 Best Master's in Mechanical Engineering Online 2019 by Best College Reviews