The Master of Science in Engineering Entrepreneurship is a two-semester (31 semester credit hours) cohort based program in the EMIS Department of the Lyle School of Engineering offered in concert with Lyle (19 SCH) and the Cox School of Business (12 SCH). Incoming students should have an engineering undergraduate degree (or equivalent).
A graduate of the SMU M.S. in engineering entrepreneurship will be an engineer who looks at the role of new technology in society with a business perspective. That graduate will have the ability to apply that knowledge to bring new technology to the marketplace. The program thus fills the growing regional and national need for exceptionally trained engineering managers and entrepreneurs to start and to lead new technology ventures.
Rigorous, formal, successful courses with proven impact will be offered by the Cox School in entrepreneurship knowledge and practice. Management in an engineering context will be taught in well-established courses in Lyle’s EMIS department. A third anchor for the M.S. in engineering entrepreneurship will be a new course offering that will be unique to SMU. The two-semester Technology Commercialization Studio will:
- Focus on the management of products with high technology content;
- Encourage the incubation of novel technology from students, and from SMU’s research laboratories;
- Include C-level mentors from successful small and medium sized engineering firms and venture capital firms; and,
- Feature lectures from experts in intellectual property, legal aspects of businesses, ethics, financing, fundraising, sales and other subject matter vital to the practice of engineering entrepreneurship.
Students in the program will also have the ability to add to their engineering expertise, particularly in topics relevant to their entrepreneurial aspirations.
In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirement: a B.S. in engineering or another technical discipline.