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 UK engineering majors can take advantage of this highly competitive program. Integrating a strong business understanding with the technical background of an engineer, you will now have the necessary skills to drive future innovations in both technology and business in a high-tech global economy. Visit our career outcomes to learn more, along with our commitment to diversity.

Admissions & Preparatory Courses

Qualified candidates will be invited to apply by the January 15th deadline, which will be followed by individual interviews with the Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Selection Committee. Final selections will be based on academic excellence, professional and personal accomplishments along with leadership potential and diversity. Only engineering majors at the University of Kentucky qualify, however other engineering majors from other institutions can still apply for consideration into the One Year MBA program. Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory CoursesGMAT/GRE Waiver Policy and FAQ's.

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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 skills, the Engineering/MBA dual degree program was established to give students with technical backgrounds in engineering and computer science the leadership, critical thinking, communication, problem solving and team-building skills while increasing their knowledge in economics, finance, marketing, management and much more. We believe engineering graduates equipped with an MBA will have the technical, analytical and business skills necessary to lead strategic initiatives in high-tech, operations and manufacturing companies. Candidates accepted into the Engineering/MBA dual degree program will be able to take advantage of the following:

  • One Year MBA program, including the Project Connect internship experience
  • Significant scholarship opportunities 
  • Two-week International Study Abroad trip at the conclusion of the MBA program
  • Valuable enrichment activities during senior year of undergraduate studies

Program timeline and how to apply

Dual Degree Program with One Year MBA

Year 1-3: Take engineering courses as scheduled.
Year 4: In your senior year as a UK engineer, you will need to indicaate your intention to apply by completing the Engineering/MBA dual degree pre-application form. By January 15th, submit graduate school application to the MBA program and satisfy the MBA Admissions Requirements. Make sure to select the "MBA/Engineering" option in the program-specific box on your application.
Year 5: One Year MBA program, Project Connect internship experience and the two-week international study abroad at the conclusion of the MBA program. 

Please Note: 

  • The Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Selection Committee will review applications and invite selected candidates for an interview. Fifteen candidates will initially be selected for the Engineering/MBA dual degree program (typically in early February). Each candidate will receive a $25K scholarship towards the One Year MBA tuition.
  • Candidates that are not selected into the Engineering/MBA dual degree program can still be considered for admission into the One Year MBA program and funding from the general MBA scholarship budget (if funds are still available).
  • Must have an undergraduate degree from University of Kentucky in engineering or computer science. Must be a U.S. Citizen and have a minimum 3.25 UGPA to apply. Candidates must start the One Year MBA the summer after graduating.
  • This program is open to December grads who pause undergraduate education and take final semester after completing MBA.
  • Competitive GMAT/GRE scores will be communicated to candidates as early as possible each year.

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Andrew Wilder

Andrew Wilder
Mechanical Engineer at United Launch Alliance

Careers Outcomes

Pursue a wide-range of competitive career possibilities. 

Through the comprehensive career support provided by the Graham Office of Career Management, the Engineering/MBA dual degree graduates are able to explore careers with a wide range of reputable employers and industries. These include engineering, technology and traditional MBA career paths such as consulting, general management, and finance along with corporate roles in technology companies and also entrepreneurial ventures. Some of the recent companies and organizations that have hired our Engineering/MBA dual degree talent include:

Altec Industries Epic Systems Procter & Gamble 
Bastian Solutions Gannett Fleming Rogers Group, Inc. 
BCCLT Consulting Engineers Honeywell, Inc. Shrout, Tate and Wilson
Belcan Engineering H.W. Lochner, Inc. Somerset Hardwood Flooring
Boeing Johnson Controls Syngenta
Bosch Kazmira, LLC Tennesee Valley Authority
Burns & McDowell LG&E KU Toyota Motor North America
Catalent Martin Marietta United Launch Alliance
CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services Mussett, Nicholas and Associates, Inc. United States Army Corps of Engineers
Deloitte Norfolk Southern Valvoline, LLC
Domtar Northrup Gurmman Corp.  Wright Patterson Air Force Base

International Study Abroad

Two-week international study experience in Europe.

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 with the opportunity to become immersed in different cultures and historical sites. 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. See what past students have experienced in the Engr/MBA student blog.



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) |

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) |

Harvie Wilkinson
Director, MBA Programs
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.1924 (office) |