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 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 One-Year 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.

  • 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 One-Year MBA requirements.

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

    • Gain admission into the Lyle School of Engineering master's program
    • 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).
    • Professional Resume
    • Once you have gained admission into the Lyle School of Engineering Master's of Science program, please email mbainfo@smu.edu with your statement of interest and professional resume and let us know that you have been admitted into the Lyle master's program. We will then obtain your original application materials and add in your statement of interest and professional resume
    • Personal Interview with the Cox School of Business Admissions Staff - a member of the Cox admissions team will reach out to set up an interview with you once all of your application materials are complete.

    For more information, contact Lyle School Graduate Degree Programs Admissions

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