FAQs

 

Applicants must meet both the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements (general school requirements and program admission requirements) for the specific Lyle Master of Science degree and the Cox School of Business Fast Track MBA requirements.

  1. What are the combined admission requirements for the dual degree program?

    • Completed application to the Lyle School of Engineering

    • Statement of Interest for admission into the Cox School of Business
      What has led you to pursue a graduate business degree? Please identify your short- and long-term career objectives, an explanation of your decision to pursue this degree at this point in your life and your specific interest in the Cox School of Business (500 word limit).

    • GRE or GMAT score report taken within the last five years (unofficial report accepted for application)
      An entrance exam (GRE/GMAT) is required for all applicants to the Cox School of Business. The Cox MBA Admissions committee will consider an exam waiver for SMU-Lyle undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.

    •  Personal Interview with the Cox School of Business Admissions Committee

  2. How do I apply for the MBA program once I’ve been admitted to an eligible Lyle Program?

    • To submit your application to the M.S. Eng/MBA program at SMU, e-mail all required admissions materials (Statement of Interest, GRE/GMAT scores) to mbainfo@cox.smu.edu. In the e-mail, indicate that you are applying for the dual M.S. Eng/MBA program.

    • After your application is complete and submitted to the Cox School of Business, the Cox Admissions Committee will review the application. Evaluative interviews will then be conducted by invitation only.

  3. Do I have to submit GRE/GMAT Scores?

    • Yes, all applicants to the M.S. Eng/MBA program must submit GRE or GMAT scores. Even if your engineering program does not require a GRE score for admission, the Cox School of Business does require a GRE or GMAT score to be admitted to the Fast Track MBA program.

    • If you have already submitted an official score report to the Lyle School of Engineering, you do NOT need to submit these scores again.

    • The Cox School of Business MBA Admissions Committee may consider a GRE/GMAT waiver for SMU-Lyle undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher, but it is NOT guaranteed.

  4. Do I have to submit a transcript?

    • SMU Lyle School of Engineering will provide the Cox School of Business with your Lyle graduate application, as well as unofficial transcripts, resume, and all other information submitted.

  5. When will I know if I have been accepted to this program?

    • Both the Lyle School and the Cox School of Business are dedicated to providing a quick turnaround in admissions decisions for applicants to the M.S. Eng/MBA program. An applicant should hear back from Cox within two to five business days after the personal interview portion of the application process.

  6. Do I have to be a full-time student?

    • Students enrolled in the M.S. Eng/MBA program will split the two-year program into two sections. One section is made up of Lyle graduate courses, and the other Cox MBA courses. Students taking Lyle graduate classes must be enrolled full-time. They can take courses on campus or via distance learning. While in the Cox section, a student must be enrolled full-time on-campus.

  7. Is tuition higher for this program?

    • Students enrolled in the M.S. in Engineering/MBA program will pay the Lyle tuition rate for all classes.
  • What are the specific admission requirements for the Lyle School of Engineering?

    Admission instructions for the Lyle School of Engineering can be found at http://www.smu.edu/Lyle/ApplyNow.

    Admission requirements for the Lyle School vary by degree program. Requirements are listed online under the respective department.

  • Are all Lyle graduate programs eligible for the M.S. Eng/MBA program?

    Not all Lyle graduate programs are eligible for the dual M.S. Eng/MBA program. Below is a list of the eligible Lyle graduate programs:

    • M.S. in Civil Engineering
    • M.S. in Computer Engineering
    • M.S. in Computer Science
    • M.S. in Electrical Engineering
    • M.S. in Environmental Engineering
    • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
    • M.S. in Operations Research
    • M.S. in Software Engineering
    • M.S. in Telecommunications and Network Engineering

  • What steps must I complete when applying to an eligible engineering program?

    1. Complete the graduate application - https://gradadmission.smu.edu/apply/
      Fill out all required fields, including the statement of interest, and submit the online application.

    2. Pay the $75 application fee
      After submitting your application, you will be able to pay this fee from your application status page.

    3. Order transcripts
      Request from the registrar of each college or university you attended that an official transcript of your work be sent directly to the address below. If more than one college or university appears on your graduating transcript, you still need the official transcript from each and every school attended. 

      Graduate Application Processing
      P.O. Box 518
      Dallas, TX 75275-0518

    4. GRE general test scores are required in the following situations:
      • For master’s-level applicants applying to one of the following degree areas: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.
      • For master’s-level applicants applying to Software Engineering who do not have a minimum of two years of experience in software development and/or maintenance.

    5. Submit a TOEFL or IELTS proficiency test with the following minimum scores, if you are an international student whose native language is not English and you  have not graduated from an American university
      • TOEFL: Minimum overall score of 80 out of 120
      • IELTS: Minimum overall score of 6.5

  •  What is the deadline to apply?

                July 25th.  Rolling admissions will apply for all applications received after July 25th as space in the class allows.

  • What components will the Cox MBA Admissions Committee use to evaluate my candidacy for the program?

    The Cox MBA Admissions Committee will use the following components to evaluate your candidacy for the program.

    • Your completed application to the Lyle School of Engineering

    • Statement of Interest (see requested statement of interest information below)

    • GRE or GMAT score report taken within the last five years; see below for more detailed information.

    • Cox Statement of Interest
      What has led you to pursue a graduate business degree? Please identify your short- and long-term career objectives, an explanation of your decision to pursue this degree at this point in your life and your specific interest in the Cox School of Business. (500 word limit).

    • Cox GRE/GMAT Score Requirement
      An entrance exam (GRE/GMAT) is required for all applicants to the Cox School of Business. The Cox MBA Admissions Committee will consider an exam waiver for SMU Lyle undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.

      If your M.S. in Engineering program does not require a GRE, please include a GRE/GMAT score report (unofficial report accepted for application) taken with in the last five years. If you have not taken an entrance exam, please schedule a date to take either the GRE or GMAT and include your test date in your application email.


  • How do I complete the application process once I’ve been admitted to an eligible Lyle Program?

    To submit your application to the M.S. Eng/MBA program at SMU, please email your statement of interest to mbainfo@cox.smu.edu. Remember: If you have not taken an entrance exam, schedule a date to take either the GRE or GMAT and include your test date in your application email.

    Your application, supporting documents, and personal interview are very important in the selection process. Please provide the most complete and honest picture of yourself. After candidate applications are completed, submitted, and reviewed by the Cox MBA Admissions Committee, evaluative interviews will be conducted by invitation only.