New Application Process, Selection Criteria, and Scholarship Amounts

The Integration of Technology & Business Administration

A Joint Degree Program of the College of Engineering and the Gatton College of Business and Economics

The practice of engineering has undergone considerable change. Economic and managerial issues that were previously addressed outside of the engineer’s domain have been integrated into the engineer’s responsibilities. Engineers have moved through engineering positions into managerial positions where they still draw upon their technological background. As a result, many graduate engineers have returned to school to obtain an MBA. In many MBA programs, graduate engineers represent more than one-fourth of the students.

In recognition of the increasing need for the integration of technology and business administration, the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program was established to enable students to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in five-years. The dual degree program includes three components:

    1. exclusive enrichment activities during the undergraduate senior year
    2. one-year accelerated MBA
    3. international study experience

Below is an overview of the program including a timeline.

Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program Timeline
BS/MBA timeline

Years 1 through 4

Take engineering courses as normal and before start of MBA take MBA Preparatory Courses in Economics and Accounting. Click here for details. New options available that are quicker than traditional courses!

Apply to One Year / MBA Program by February 15th of senior year. Below is a list of the material required for the application.

  • Graduate School Application and application fee
  • GRE or GMAT score
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Personal statement on the topic of “servant leadership”
  • In addition, Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program applications must:

  • mark the “BS/MBA Dual Degree” box on graduate school application; and
  • include a one-page essay on why they want to be considered for the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program

Starting February 15th, applicants will be considered for both acceptance into the MBA program as well as the Dual Degree Program. The Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Selection Committee will review applications and invite selected candidates for an interview. Candidates will be selected based on academic excellence, professional and personal accomplishments along with leadership potential. Other considerations will include diversity.

  • Fifteen students will be selected into the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program. Each will receive a $20K scholarship toward the MBA tuition plus a scholarship for a two week international study in Europe. Selection decisions will be made by the first week in March.
  • The Selection Committee will also identify (rank) five additional students that are considered alternates to the Dual Program should any of the fifteen students not accept the offer.
  • Applicants of the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program may also be considered for scholarship funding from the General MBA Scholarship Fund. Students are also encouraged to apply for graduate fellowships.
  • Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program students will be required to participate in enrichment activities that will be held between March – May.

The remaining applicants that are not selected into the Dual Program will still be considered for admission into the MBA program and will be considered for funding from the General MBA scholarship fund. Applications will continue to be considered after February 15th if funding is available. The final deadline to apply for the One Year MBA is May 11th, based on availability. The One Year MBA Program has a maximum capacity of 70 students.

Year 5

MBA Program
Classes & project work with other 1-year MBA students (8 week summer session plus fall and spring semesters).

International Study
Exclusive 2 week international study after the completion of the MBA. The Dual Degree Program pays for international study tuition, lodging and transportation within Europe. Students are responsible for international study application fees, air fare to/from Europe, and for meals.

Year 6 – one more semester if needed

If student would have graduated with undergraduate degree in December, the final semester of undergraduate studies is deferred until the completion of the MBA and International Study since these steps have fixed start dates.

How to find out more

Contact:

Kim Sayre, P.E.
Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program Director
220L CRMS Building

859-257-3343
kim.sayre@uky.edu

For information on the MBA component of the dual degree program, click here

Or, contact:

Harvie Wilkinson
MBA Program Director
145 Gatton Building
859-257-1924
harviewilkinson@uky.edu

To learn more about the international study component of the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program, see past posts from the EngrMBA student blog.