Master of Science in Engineering/MBA

  • Overview

    In two years, you can earn a master's in Engineering and an MBA, and graduate ready to take on a leadership role in Dallas's booming tech sector or beyond. The dual degree combines courses from 12 master's programs offered by the Lyle School of Engineering with courses at the Cox School of Business, and takes advantage of the Cox Fast Track one-year MBA program. If you're a recent graduate or early-career professional in the engineering and technology sectors, this is a time- and cost-effective way to accelerate your career by building business and management skills, along with an engineering specialization and deep connections in the industry.

    See the SMU Cox Fast Track MBA program

    See the SMU Lyle School of Engineering master's programs

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

    Lyle Dean Marc P. Christensen

  • Curriculum

    During your first two semesters, you'll complete the required courses for the degree of your choice among the Lyle School's 12 master's. Then, in the summer term and continuing into fall of year two, you'll get a broad education in the fundamentals of business with the ability to specialize your MBA in one of our 8 departments. Through meetings with industry leaders and applied leadership projects you'll gain a real-world understanding of what you're learning in the classroom — there's even a simulated trading room at Cox, complete with Bloomberg terminals. And during an optional weeklong international trip, you'll have the opportunity to experience firsthand how business is conducted in some of the world’s vital economic capitals.

    • Robin Pinkley

      Professor, Management and Organizations

      The recipient of SMU's Golden Mustang Award for innovative teaching, Robin is a recognized authority on strategic negotiation and conflict management. She has consulted with numerous corporate and government organizations.

    • Shreekumar R. Bhaskaran

      Associate Professor of Information Technology and Operations Management

      Sreekumar Bhaskaran’s research focuses on new product development and innovation. Sreekumar was named among the "Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40” in the Poets&Quants ranking of business school professors.

    • Miguel Quiñones

      Department Chair, O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair in Organizational Behavior

      A widely published authority on individual and organizational development, as well as the strategic management of human capital, Miguel "Mickey" Quiñones has won several awards for his outstanding teaching.

  • Admissions

    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.

    To apply for this program an applicant must complete the following:

    • 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 Staff

    For more information, contact the Lyle School Admissions Office

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