Distance Education and the Military


SMU invites you to join military personnel at installations across the nation and worldwide who have chosen to learn with a distance education leader. The Lyle Distance Education Program offered by SMU's Lyle School of Engineering gives you an opportunity to earn a degree from a nationally ranked private university.

Distance education team members will send recorded courses to our server for you to download so that you can learn from up-to-date curricula and professors with national and international reputations. There's never been a more convenient way to enhance your engineering education and to advance your career.

  • Military/Veteran/DoD Pricing — Military personnel, veterans and DoD employees are eligible to receive exclusive savings on tuition rates for all of Lyle's master's degree programs. Our policy is subject to change and is independent of any military tuition benefits. Please contact us for more information.
  • Uninterrupted Study — Never again will a military assignment or transfer force you to halt your studies or career advancement. Students take as many or as few courses each term as they wish. Graduate students have seven years to complete their degree.
  • Study Anytime — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the world!
  • Military Education Benefits — Use VA and Montgomery GI Bill benefits in addition to receiving special pricing.

Department of Defense TA DECIDE

To help participants of the DoD's Tuition Assistance (TA) program make informed choices on the educational offerings at SMU-Lyle, the Department of Defense TA DECIDE tool provides educational costs and outcomes for comparison with other institutions you may be considering.  Please visit TA DECIDE for more information on learning methods, programs, and degree levels.

Learning From Leading Professors

Virtually all Lyle School of Engineering 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.

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

How Distance Education Works

Graduate course lectures are recorded "live" in the classrooms of the Lyle School of Engineering each semester as those courses happen. This classroom format includes the lecture, presentation slides, written notes, and all questions from students in the classroom as well as the professor's answers and comments.

High-quality video of the lectures is loaded to our server within 24 hours of the on-campus course. Students download and view the lecture within seven days to stay current with course content and requirements.

Distance students benefit from seeing and hearing classroom interactions, including questions from students and professors' answers. Students enrolled in distance sections can also ask their professors questions by telephone, email, or video conference.

Students take all examinations at the education office of their installations. Professors explain specific procedures and instructions to the education office staff, who relays them to students. The education staff distribute and proctor the examinations, then forward them to the professor for grading.

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Sabrina Gonzalez

Sabrina Gonzalez
Associate Director Graduate Education and Recruitment
Distance, Military, Campus, and Weekend Formats
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 Lexie Reynolds
 Lexie Reynolds
Associate Director
International Students and Programs
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