Accelerated Pathways Degree Program

An Engineering Master’s Degree helps you in the job market – more money, more responsibility, more contacts, and more options for your future. Take the time now to become a leader in engineering.

  • Earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time than completing the degrees separately.



  • Start exploring this option in the spring of your sophomore year and apply to the program early in your junior year.



  • Begin taking graduate-level coursework that will be applied to both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees (up to 9 hours).



  • Network with your graduate-level classmates who have years of experience to share with you.



Work and Study, Options for Master’s Classes

Undergraduates with co-ops and job offers can work and study at the same time. Your graduate coursework can be completed though evening classes on campus and/or distance education. Lyle Engineering offers convenient and flexible options to working professionals who are continuing their education, in Dallas and across the nation.

Accelerated Pathways Leadership and Service Scholarship Information

The Lyle School of Engineering offers 4+1 Accelerated Master’s Degree Program scholarships worth up to 75% of fifth-year tuition. Depending on your GPA and volunteer and leadership contributions to the Lyle School, up to 75% of the tuition of your 7 graduate level 4+1 courses could be covered.

  • 3.750-3.899 SMU GPA could earn a scholarship of 50% tuition



  • 3.900-4.000 SMU GPA could earn a scholarship of 75% tuition

How to Apply

Please note: Students are not eligible for the scholarship once the bachelors degree has been conferred. You must be enrolled as a “full-time” graduate student as defined by the University. The scholarship is awarded based on the student’s cumulative SMU undergraduate GPA at the time of graduation AND contributions to the Lyle School of Engineering via volunteer work and leadership activities. The scholarship only covers the 7 additional graduate courses required for the first masters degree received.

8 hours per semester of documented volunteer and leadership work per semester is the minimum requirement in addition to the GPA requirement. Seniors should have completed 48 hours of volunteer/leadership activity by the time of graduation with the undergraduate degree. Students currently in the SMU Lyle undergraduate program need to inquire about their specific volunteer commitments.

At the end of the undergraduate program, the application is submitted and will be reviewed by the 4+1 Leadership and Service Scholarship Committee. All leadership and volunteer activity will be verified by the offices which supervised the activity.

If you are interested in the 4+1 Accelerated Master’s Degree Program, you need to apply to the graduate program in which you are interested. Indicate that you wish to be evaluated as a 4+1 Program candidate.

Accelerated Pathways Program Application Forms

Please submit completed applications to:
Jim Dees
Room 257 Caruth

Admission Requirements

  1. Be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the Lyle School of Engineering
  2. Achieved junior-level status
  3. Apply no later than one year prior to the time you would graduate with a B.S. degree
  4. Have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Have three letters of recommendation, preferably one from the student’s academic advisor and two from other faculty members in the Lyle School of Engineering
  6. Be accepted into the desired M.S. program

Master’s Degree Requirements

  1. Have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 in the M.S. degree course work (including the graduate course work applied towards the undergraduate degree requirements)
  2. Complete a minimum of 21 term-credit hours of graduate coursework at SMU
  3. Meet all requirements for your B.S. and M.S. degrees