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Combine your technical skills with business knowledge

The Engineering/MBA Dual Degree program unites technology and business, awarding both the Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Integrating successful business principles and practices with your engineering education can make you a valuable asset in today’s high-tech global economy. The Engineering/MBA Dual Degree program supplements your technical background in engineering or computer science with leadership, communication, problem solving and team-building skills while increasing your knowledge in economics, finance, marketing, management and much more. With an undergraduate degree in engineering and an MBA, you will have the technical, analytical and business skills necessary to lead strategic initiatives in high-tech, global business.

The Engineering/MBA dual degree is coupled with the One Year MBA offered through the Gatton College of Business and Economics. This full-time, accelerated program attracts applicants from diverse academic backgrounds including business, communications, STEM, agriculture, medicine, arts and sciences and engineering. In addition, you have the opportunity to partner with high-ranking corporate executives through the unique Project Connect program.

Two-week international study experience

One compelling feature of the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree program occurs at the end of the MBA year when all participants embark on an exclusive two-week international study experience in Europe.* Students visit global businesses, industrial sites and immerse themselves in different cultures and have plenty of time to tour historic sites. It is the perfect way to contextualize all you have learned as an engineering/MBA student. See what past students have experienced in the Engr/MBA student blog.

Program Overview

Year 1: Take engineering courses as scheduled.
Year 2: Take engineering courses as scheduled.
Year 3: Take engineering courses as scheduled.
Year 4: Take engineering courses as scheduled. Submit application to the MBA program and satisfy the MBA Admissions Requirements and MBA Preparatory Courses (prerequisites).
Year 5: One Year MBA program, Project Connect internship and the two-week international study abroad experience.

Take the next step!

This highly competitive program is open to all UK engineering majors. Click here to learn more about requirements for the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree program.

Contact us

College of Engineering

Kim Sayre, P.E.
Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program Director
220L CRMS Building
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.33437 (office) | kim.sayre@uky.edu

Gatton College of Business and Economics

Christopher Carney
Director of MBA Recruitment
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.7645 (office) | christopher.carney@uky.edu

Harvie Wilkinson
Director, MBA Programs
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.1924 (office) | harviewilkinson@uky.edu

 

*While the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree program pays for the international study tuition, lodging and transportation within Europe, students are responsible for international study application fees, air fare to/from Europe and their meals.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum GPA to apply? 
The graduate school requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75/4.0.  The MBA program and the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program have the same requirements.

How do I apply for scholarships? 
All MBA applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship by the MBA program. Students selected for the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program will automatically receive a $20K scholarship and are considered for additional funding by the MBA program, however this funding is limited. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for other scholarships, including UK Graduate School Fellowships.

What is the MBA tuition rate? 
See the Tuition and Financial Aid section of the One Year MBA landing page for the tuition rate.

How many spots are there in the One-Year MBA program?  
The One Year MBA Program has a maximum capacity of 70 students.

How many spots are there in the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program?  
Fifteen students will be selected into the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program. The Selection Committee will also identify (rank) additional students that are considered alternates to the Dual Program should any of the fifteen students not accept the offer.

What is the selection criteria for the MBA Program?  
Candidates will be selected based on academic excellence, professional and personal accomplishments along with leadership potential. Other considerations will include diversity.

What is the selection criteria for the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program? 
Candidates will be selected based on academic excellence, professional and personal accomplishments along with leadership potential. Other considerations will include diversity. The Dual Degree Program is limited to US Citizens.

When will I hear if I have been accepted into the MBA program? 
Selection decisions will be made by the first week in March for students who have applied by February 15.  Selection decisions will be made monthly for students who apply after February 15, based on availability.  The final deadline to apply is May 11.

When will I know if I have been accepted into the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program?
By the first week in March.

What do I need to prepare before applying to graduate school?

  • Study and take the GRE or GMAT
  • Gather your official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions
  • Prepare required essay(s)
  • Request one letter of recommendation
  • Update your resume or CV

Click here for a complete list of admissions requirements

Can I apply to the graduate school before completing the MBA Preparatory Courses? 
Yes. MBA Preparatory Courses must be completed before starting the MBA program but do not have to be completed before applying.

What if I am graduating in December? What year do I apply?  
Since the One Year MBA has a fixed start date and the curriculum builds on what is learned each semester, students should generally apply their final Spring Semester, complete the One Year MBA that next academic year, then complete their final semester of undergraduate education the following Fall Semester.  Contact Kim Sayre to discuss your specific situation and see your engineering advisor.

What is the timing of the One Year MBA?  
The One Year MBA take place during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Click here for details.

If selected in the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program, what is included in the International Study?  
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.  Click here to review daily blog posts by student participants of the international study.