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.

This dual-degree program is for individuals looking to combine technical expertise with business and leadership skills, giving students a jump start on their career path. The first year of the program is based at Lyle earning a master’s degree in Software Engineering. The second year is spent at Cox working on a one-year MBA.

Which department am I in?

Southern Methodist University - Lyle School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (68 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$40,800.00 per year
USD $1,200 per credit hour for master degree; USD $20,538 per trimester for MBA and general student fee USD $285 per term credit hour for each degree

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

Application deadline

Expected May, September 2022

Start date

22 August 2022, 17 January 2023


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

Completion of 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. Each program has additional information on appropriate academic backgrounds required for admission into that program.

A minimum GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale for all previous undergraduate and graduate studies.

We require an undergraduate degree for all MBA applicants and find our students come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. The admissions committee prefers candidates with a minimum of two years of full-time work experience; however, most admitted students have between three and six years of work experience after completing their bachelor's degrees.

All international students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from an American university must submit a minimum TOEFL English language proficiency test score before being considered for admission, as follows:

550 – paper-based examination.
213 – computer-based examination.
80– Internet-based examination overall score

A score of 6.5 on the IELTS English language proficiency examination is acceptable in place of the above scores for the TOEFL examination.

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About Southern Methodist University - Lyle School of Engineering

Based in Dallas on the Southern Methodist campus, The Lyle School of Engineering has an innovative and practical approach to teaching.

  • Top 11 % U.S. university (The Wall Street Journal/THE 2021)
  • 11:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Located on a 234-acre campus in Dallas, Texas
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and facilities

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