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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

Years 1 through 4 (or longer as needed for co-ops, etc.)

  • Take engineering courses as normal and by the end of the senior year take MBA preparatory courses.
  • Apply for the dual degree program by January 15 in senior year by selecting “Engr/MBA Dual Degree” program on the graduate school application.

Year 5

  • One Year Accelerated MBA Program: Take classes and project work with other One Year Accelerated MBA students (summer semester, fall semester, and spring semester).
  • International Study: Exclusive 2-week international study after the completion of the MBA.

Take the next step!

This highly competitive program is open to all UK engineering majors.

Submit Dual Degree Pre-Application

View Dual Degree MBA Requirements

Contact us

College of Engineering

Mike Johnson
Michael T. Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
355J F. Paul Anderson Building
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506


Gatton College of Business and Economics

Karla Schiebel
Karla Schiebel
Assistant Dean/ Executive Director Professional Resource Center - Gatton Graduate Programs
Office: 331D Gatton College of Business; MBA Center
Phone: 859-257-7645


Karl Gustafson
Karl Gustafson
MBA Academic Director, Lecturer, Project Connect Leader
Office: 357 Gatton College of Business; Dept. of Management
Phone: (859) 323-4134


*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, airfare to/from Europe and their meals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is the eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree from University of Kentucky in Engineering or Computer Science
  • Must start the one-year accelerated MBA Program the summer after graduating.  Also open to December grads who pause undergraduate education and take final semester after completing MBA.
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • U.S. Citizen

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 is required.


  • 317 on the GRE (verbal and quantitative sections) or
  • 650 on the GMAT (verbal, quantitative and integrated reasoning sections).

Candidates with slightly lower scores could be considered on a case by case basis

All MBA applicants are automatically considered for a graduate scholarship by the MBA program. Students selected for the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program will automatically receive a $25K graduate scholarship plus a graduate scholarship for the international study valued at approximately $5K. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for other fellowships, 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 in the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program. If a student is not selected for the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program, they will still be eligible for admission into the MBA 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.

For early admission, apply by December 1, 2021. For regular admission, apply by January 15, 2022.

Selection decisions will be made within 2 weeks of early and regular application deadlines. 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 personal statement on servant leadership
  • Request one letter of recommendation
  • Update your resume or CV

Select “MBA/Engineering” in the “Program-specific” box on graduate school application.

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

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 Anderson to discuss your specific situation and see your engineering advisor.

The One Year MBA takes 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, airfare 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.