Doctoral Admission


The Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering offers both a Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Entrance into these programs is highly competitive and allows candidates to work on cutting-edge research with top faculty in their disciplines. 

The D.E. degree is distinguished from a Ph.D. degree in that a Ph.D. is expected to make a significant advance to scientific knowledge, whereas a D.E. is expected to make a contribution to science by studying its implementation and participating in the transformation of knowledge into technology. Currently, D.E. degrees are offered with majors in engineering management and software engineering. Specific details about Ph.D. program requirements are found in the departmental sections of the graduate catalog and online under degree programs offered by the respective departments.

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Application Instructions: Domestic Students
Application Instructions: International Students

Application Deadlines

Term Domestic
(US Citizen, Permanent Resident, H1 and H4 Visa)
International
(F1, F2, J1, J2 Visa)
Fall Priority February 1st February 1st 
Fall Final July 15th May 15th
Spring Final November 15th September 1st
Summer  April 15th Application not open for Summer Term

Doctoral applicants who wish to be considered for University Fellowships must apply by the Priority Deadline of February 1. University Fellowships are only disbursed in Fall semesters. 

Lyle School of Engineering Departmental Funding
The academic department handles all funding on the graduate level. All funding comes in the form of assistantships (research or teaching). Funding inquiries should be directed to the academic department directly. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more or ask questions concerning doctoral study, contact one of our academic departments, our graduate admissions office at 214-768-2002, or by emailing Lylegrad@mail.smu.edu.