The master of science in engineering entrepreneurship is a two-semester (31 credit hour) cohort based program in the EMIS Department of the Lyle School of Engineering offered in concert with Lyle (19 credit hours) and the Cox School of Business (12 credit hours). 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 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.
The admissions process is highly selective and requires applicants to have earned a B.S. in engineering or another technical discipline. Candidates apply to the Lyle School of Engineering; application submissions include cover letter, résumé, essays, official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) test scores, transcripts and a minimum of two references. Questions should be addressed to the Lyle School of Engineering: firstname.lastname@example.org.