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Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program

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 and industrial sites and immerse themselves in different cultures and historical 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
289 Ralph G. Anderson 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

The graduate school requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0. The MBA program and the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program have the same requirements.

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.

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

The One Year MBA Program has a maximum capacity of 70 students.

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.

Candidates will be selected based on academic excellence, professional and personal accomplishments along with leadership potential. Other considerations will include diversity.

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.

Selection decisions will be made by the first week in February for students who have applied by January 15.  Selection decisions will be made monthly for students who apply after January 15, based on availability.  The final deadline to apply is May 11.

  • 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

  • select “MBA/Engineering” in the “Program-specific” box on graduate school application; and
  • send a one-page essay on why you want to be considered for the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program to kim.sayre@uky.edu.

Dual Degree candidates may also be asked to participate in an interview with the selection committee.

Yes. MBA Preparatory Courses must be completed by May 11 before the start of the MBA program but do not have to be completed before applying.

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.

The One Year MBA take place during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Click here for details.

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.

Engineering degrees are awarded upon completion of the engineering program and MBA degrees are awarded upon completion of the MBA program. There is no delay in receiving your undergraduate degree by participating in the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program.