Master of Science in Engineering/MBA

Graduate ready to take on a leadership role in Dallas's booming tech sector or beyond.


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


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.


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
  • Once you have gained admission into the Lyle School of Engineering Master's of Science program, please submit a free online application by clicking the "Apply" button listed at the top of any SMU Cox webpage and submit all required information and documents (essays, unofficial transcripts, resumes) within the application. Please email if you have any questions
  • 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 after submission of the application and application review has been completed. 

For more information, contact Lyle School Graduate Degree Programs Admissions

Meet the Faculty

Robin Pinkley

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's the author of the book "Get Paid What You’re Worth: The Expert Negotiators’ Guide to Salary and Compensation," and she has consulted with numerous corporate and government organizations.

Sreekumar R Bhaskaran

Sreekumar R. Bhaskaran

Associate Professor of Information Technology and Operations Management

Sreekumar Bhaskaran’s research focuses on new product development and innovation — he’s especially interested in how firms can overcome operational challenges as they transform ideas into value-delivering propositions. Sreekumar was named among the "Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40” in the Poets&Quants ranking of business school professors.

marcus butts

Marcus Butts

Associate Professor of Management and OrganizationsMarilyn and Leo Corrigan Endowed Research Professor

Organizational behavior is where psychology and management meet. Learn this vital science from Marcus Butts.

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