Engineering/MBA

A Dual Degree of the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering and Gatton College of Business and Economics

The University of Kentucky's Engineering/MBA dual degree is a unique program that intersects technology and business, awarding both the Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. All engineering majors including biomedical, biosystems, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, mechanical and mining can take advantage of this highly competitive program, which provides the business acumen (along with the technical expertise) necessary to lead and ascend in today’s constantly evolving industries.


Admissions & Preparatory Courses

The Engineering/MBA dual degree is a five-year program culminating with the awarding of both the Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Since this is a highly competitive program, it is highly advantageous to apply early. Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses and updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy. Submitted applications are considered on a rollling admissions cycle, so it is strongly recommended in applying early into the program. Each year, the domestic application deadline for the One Year MBA program is May 11th and the international application deadline is January 15th (assuming there is still space in the program).

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Program Description & Curriculum

Combine your technical skills with a strong business savvy.

In recognition of the increasing need for the integration of technology and business administration, the Engineering/MBA dual degree program was established to give students with technical backgrounds in engineering and computer science the leadership, communication, problem solving and team-building skills while increasing their knowledge in economics, finance, marketing, management and much more. The Engineering/MBA dual degree program includes the following:

  • Exclusive enrichment activities during senior year of undergraduate
  • Additional scholarship opportunities
  • One Year MBA program, including the Project Connect internship
  • International study abroad experience

Program Overview

Dual Degree Program with One Year MBA

Year 1: Take engineering courses as scheduled.
Year 2: Take engineering courses as scheduled.
Year 3: Take engineering courses as scheduled. Engineering/MBA dual degree application invitations are sent to qualified candidates, scheduled for interviews and instructed on how to apply along with other program specifics.*
Year 4: Take engineering courses as scheduled and attend exclusive enrichment activities. Start/submit application to the MBA program through the Graduate School Application, satisfy the MBA Admissions Requirements and complete the required MBA Preparatory Courses.**
Year 5: One Year MBA program, including the two week International Study experience.

Please note:
*The Engineering/MBA dual degree program is open to all engineering and computer science students who have completed their junior year with a GPA ≥ 3.25. During the summer of junior year, students who meet these criteria, will be invited to apply for admission to the dual degree program. Students that receive an invitation, but have more than 3 semesters of undergraduate study remaining, should defer application until the next year.

**Admission to the Engineering/MBA dual degree program does not constitute admission to the MBA program. Program participants must formally apply for admission to the graduate school by the admissions deadlines. Admission to the Engineering/MBA dual degree program entitles students to participate in the enrichment activities during their senior year, receive possible scholarship assistance in the MBA program and take advantage of the international study abroad experience.


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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