Dual MS Engineering MBA program

SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and the Edwin L. Cox School of Business have joined forces to offer a graduate dual degree in engineering and business. Sstudents can earn a Master of Science in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MS ENG/MBA) in as little as two years.  

The dual degree program, intended primarily for full-time graduate students with bachelor’s degrees in engineering, takes advantage of the recently developed 44-credit hour Fast Track MBA offered by the Cox School of Business and allows students to ‘double-count’ six credit hours of MBA courses as electives in Lyle’s 30-credit hour master’s in engineering program.

“Whether in a tech start-up, in an established corporation, or in the non-profit sector, the role of engineers is complex and changing,” said Lyle Dean Marc P. Christensen. “This dual degree prepares them to impact the bottom line while implementing the technologies their organizations need.”

By combining the master’s in engineering and the MBA, students will gain the necessary breadth and depth in business and technology to better prepare for leadership roles. The engineering Master of Science provides students with a deeper technical understanding, while the MBA complements their engineering education and provides them with a foundation of basic business principles in areas such as finance and marketing.

“As technology increasingly impacts all facets of our lives, we foresee strong and growing synergies between engineering and business. We also believe the dual credential, achieved in just two years, will benefit students both in seeking employment and in succeeding in jobs at the intersection of engineering and business,” noted Cox Dean Albert W. Niemi, Jr.

Classes for the dual program will be offered in the same way as those for the separate master’s and MBA degrees and by the same instructors. The program features on-campus lectures, although some of the engineering courses may be taken through the Lyle School’s distance learning facilities.

Students following the dual degree program will first complete the 24 credit hours of required courses for their master’s in engineering during the fall and spring semesters of the first year. They will continue the program through the summer term when they start the year-long Fast Track MBA and will complete both degrees at the end of the second academic year. Once they complete the dual degree program, students will have earned both a Master of Science in their respective engineering discipline and a Master of Business Administration.

To learn more about the MS ENG/MBA dual degree program, please visit: www.smu.edu/msengineering-mba.


About SMU
SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls approximately 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

About the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering
SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees, through the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Management, Information, and Systems; and Mechanical Engineering. Lyle students participate in programs in the unique Deason Innovation Gym, providing the tools and space to work on immersion design projects and competitions to accelerate leadership development and the framework for innovation; the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, helping students develop nontechnical skills to prepare them for leadership in diverse technical fields; the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, developing new methodologies for incorporating engineering education into K-12 schools; and the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, combining technological innovation with business expertise to address global poverty.

About the Edwin L. Cox School of Business

The Cox School of Business (cox.smu.edu), was originally established in Dallas in 1920 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and named in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978. SMU Cox offers a full range of highly-ranked undergraduate and graduate business education programs:  BBA, Full-Time MBA, Fast Track MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), JD/MBA, MA/MBA, Master of Science (MS) in Accounting, MS in Business Analytics, MS in Finance, MS in Management, MS in Sport Management, as well as Executive Education and multiple certificate programs. The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, including the Business Leadership Center (BLC); the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship; the Folsom Institute for Real Estate; the Maguire Energy Institute; the Global Leadership Program; and the Associate Board Executive Mentoring Program, as well as an active alumni network with chapters globally.