What will I learn?

The Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and the Edwin L. Cox School of Business offer a two-year, dual-degree in Master of Science in Engineering (with one of the specific degrees listed above) and Master of Business Administration, with as few as 68 semester credit hours. The program is intended for full-time graduate students with Bachelor degrees in engineering or science. The program is offered on-campus although some of the engineering courses may be taken by means of the Lyle School’s distance learning facilities. This program is geared toward recent graduates as well as early-career professionals employed in the engineering and technology sector who desire to broaden and deepen their skills to further their career opportunities and become leaders in technology with the appropriate business and management acumen.

This program takes advantage of the 44-credit hour Fast Track MBA degree offered by Cox School and double-counts up to 6 credit hours of MBA courses as electives in the 30-credit hour MS Engineering degree programs making it possible to obtain two degrees with a total of 68 semester credit hours (24 credit hours of engineering and 44 credit hours in MBA program). As an example, students first complete the 24 credit hour of required courses for the specific MS engineering degree sought during the fall and spring semesters of the first year. Students then start the year-long Fast Track MBA (starting with the summer term and continuing in the fall and spring terms) completing both degrees at the end of the second academic year.

At the conclusion of the dual degree program, students obtain a MS in the specific engineering degree and the MBA.

The overall educational objective of the joint MS-MBA program is to impart the necessary breadth and depth in business and in technology for those individuals preparing for leadership roles in technology firms. The program provides a reduction of 6 credit hours from the total credits that would be required for a student earning the two degrees separately (one of the MS engineering degrees listed at the title page and the Fast Track MBA) and reduces the time to complete both degrees to 2 years, including a summer semester.

Students enrolled in the M.S. Eng/MBA program will split the two-year program into two sections. One section is made up of Lyle graduate courses, and the other Cox MBA courses. Students taking Lyle graduate classes must be enrolled full-time. They can take courses on campus or via distance learning. While in the Cox section, a student must be enrolled full-time on-campus.

Which department am I in?

Southern Methodist University - Lyle School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (68 semester credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,200 per credit hour plus general student fee USD $268 per term credit hour. Please note this fee is for academic year 2019-20 and are subject to change for the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2020, 19 January 2021


Southern Methodist University - Lyle School of Engineering

3101 Dyer Street,



75205, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association or completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.

For international students

Applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirement:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or closely related discipline. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than Computer Science may be admitted to the program and may be required to take articulation coursework and/or satisfy the competency requirement.

All international students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from an American university must submit a TOEFL or IELTS proficiency test with the following minimum scores:

  • For the TOEFL, we require a minimum overall score of 80 out of 120.
  • For the IELTS exam, we require a minimum overall score of 6.5

About this uni

Based on the 234-acre SMU campus in the heart of Dallas, Texas, ranked 14th most beautiful campus in the US (Princeton Review).

  • 11:1 student to teacher ratio, with world-class researchers
  • Located on a 234-acre campus in Dallas, Texas
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and facilities
  • SMU is a top 10% U.S. university (Wall Street Journal)