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The Lyle School of Engineering has around 2000 students, split roughly equally between graduate and undergraduate. Lyle is based on the SMU campus in the heart of Dallas, Texas, ranked 14th most beautiful campus in the U.S. by the Princeton Review. Students have everything they need on campus, whilst also being able to explore the thriving and exciting city of Dallas. Dallas is also home to many major corporations and is a centre of commerce and culture, and over 4,400 internships are made available annually at some of these organizations to students of SMU.

The Lyle School of Engineering boasts state-of-the-art laboratories, which make Lyle a world-class research centre. With some of the most advanced teaching spaces in the U.S., including research laboratories specialising in subjects such as photonics, robotics and biomedical instrumentation, students at Lyle gain hands on experience of problem solving. With a student to teacher ratio of 11:1, students have plenty of contact time with top researchers. The school also has one of the highest percentages of female engineering students at any school.

The school Southern Methodist University - Lyle School of Engineering offers a number of dual and joint degrees including the Engineering/MBA and Engineering Entrepreneurship, both in partnership with the Cox School of Business.

As well as the exceptional facilities Lyle has to offer, students have access to wider SMU campus facilities including on-site accommodation and sophisticated sports centers. Students can join a huge range of competitive and recreational clubs, or simply enjoy watching SMU basketball in the 7000-seat arena. SMU also hosts the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, which gives students the chance to see inspirational speakers including U.S. presidents, senators and foreign leaders.

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What's new

What's new

The Lyle School of Engineering is always looking to push into new research and technologies. In recent years, a number of new programs have been launched that students can take part in.

In 2017, Lyle partnered with the Caruth Institute of Entrepreneurship and the Cox School of Business at SMU to offer a Masters in Engineering Entrepreneurship. The program is designed so that graduating students can have an impact in the competitive industry of tech start-ups. As part of the program, students are given mentors at small and medium-sized engineering companies and venture capital firms to gain wider industry experience.

In keeping with the excellent faculty and teaching at Lyle, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have recently acknowledged Barbara Ellen Spang Minsker, Ph.D for her contribution to the field of engineering, specifically mentoring women pursuing careers in engineering. Minsker has been awarded the Margaret S. Petersen Award, which recognizes female members of the ASCE who have made a significant contribution and demonstrated committed service to the engineering community.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The Lyle School of Engineering has an excellent reputation. With more than 90 years of experience, it is one of the best institutions in the Southwest for engineering and technical subjects.

The ratio of students to faculty members is 11:1. This means students get an excellent standard of teaching, and a high level of one to one teaching attention. They can also engage more closely with faculty members and the research they are undertaking.

The research undertaken at the Lyle School of Engineering is of a world-class standard, and specializations include critically important global issues such as cybersecurity and biomedical research. It is new research which allows the faculty to create new programs for their students to study, and broadens the industry experience students leave university with.

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Department structure

Department structure

There are five departments and several multidisciplinary offerings that make up the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU.

Civil and Environmental Engineeringoffers both undergraduate and graduate programs, this department is based in the J. Lindsay Embrey Building. State-of-the-art laboratories within Caruth Hall include space for a range of modelling, analysis and geotechnical engineering.

Computer Science and Engineeringthe department encourages collaboration and innovation between disciplines, as well as between undergraduate and graduate students in their advanced laboratories for practical design and advanced research.

Electrical and Computer Engineeringbased in the Jerry Junkins Building, undergraduate and graduate students can use specialist laboratories tailored to the department's research specialties, including communications, circuits and photonics.

Engineering Management, Information and Systemsbringing together technical management with a high level of engineering expertise, undergraduate and postgraduate students can analyse data and create their own advanced analytics programs in the EMIS laboratories.

Mechanical Engineeringwith programs focused on solutions in the industry, including design and manufacturing, undergraduate and postgraduate students alike get involved with the department's research projects and have access to their specialist laboratories.

Multidisciplinary Studiesa range of interdisciplinary master's programs are available to meet the needs of student's whose interests don't fall precisely within one of the existing departments, allowing students and the school to experiment with new technologies.

Dual Degree Programthis is a two-year MSC Engineering/MBA in a chosen area of engineering and Business Administration, preparing students of the course for leadership roles across the technology industry.

Joint Degree Programthe Masters in Engineering Entrepreneurship (MSEN) helps graduate students who are looking to initiate and lead new technological business ventures.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Individual degree programs may have their own entry requirements, but there are a number of entrance guidelines which apply across the School.

All international students who do not have English as a first language (and graduate applicants who haven't gained their undergraduate at an American university) must submit a TOEFL test or equivalent with a minimum score of 550 on the paper examination, 213 on the computer examination or 80 overall score on the online examination. A score of 6.5 or better on the IELTS also qualifies.

Graduate applicants must have a minimum 3.000 GPA (on a 4.000 scale) for all of their previous undergraduate or graduate studies. For those applying for doctoral studies, they must also have three letters of recommendation. For all doctoral applicants, and for those applying for certain master's degrees, students will also need an official GRE graduate school admission test score.

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There is a range of accommodation available on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas, with first-year incoming students assigned to the same residential facilities. Most accommodation includes common areas for studying and socializing, laundry rooms, and a 24-hour access card system. There is also a Resident Assistant and Residential Community Director on staff to help students living on campus.


SMU's main library is the Fondren Library. It is open 24 hours a day Monday-Thursday, with shorter hours on Friday and weekends, during term times. It includes a cafe, IT help desk and a research help center. There are a number of classrooms, study spaces and lockers available for students to use, as well as printing and copying services.

SMU Facilities

As part of SMU, students have access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities on site. The Dedman Centre includes two sand volleyball courts, a climbing wall, indoor recreational space for a range of classes and activities, indoor and outdoor pools including The Falls, a pool complete with 7-foot waterfalls. The Moody Auditorium is a 7000-seat arena home to SMU basketball. Meanwhile, one of the oldest buildings on campus, the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, was opened in 1926 and is a proscenium style theatre with over 2000 seats.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

As a university, SMU has an excellent reputation for graduate outcomes. In 2017, a PayScale report ranked it in the top 21% of universities in the U.S. for student return on their investment. The median salary was nearly USD 80,000 within five years of graduates beginning their career. In 2017, the Center for World University Rankings put SMU in the top 0.5% of 1000 universities from around the world for alumni employment.

SMU has an excellent career development program, and Dallas-area businesses offer SMU students more than 4,400 internships and placements every year. The Princeton Review ranked SMU 6th in the U.S. for its internship opportunities.

The Lyle School of Engineering also boasts the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, which helps connect students to opportunities including mentoring relationships, internships, placements and even job opportunities. The Center hosts networking events, workshops and recruiting events, and can help individual students with mock interviews, resumes and interview prep.

Once students leave Lyle, they are still part of the SMU alumni network, which was ranked 13th in the U.S. amongst universities by the Princeton Review.

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Founded in 1911 by what is now the United Methodist Church, SMU is non-sectarian in its teaching and is committed to the values of academic freedom and open inquiry. As a private, comprehensive university enriched by its United Methodist heritage and its partnership with the Dallas Metroplex, Southern Methodist University seeks to enhance the intellectual, cultural, technical, ethical and social development of a diverse student body.

SMU offers undergraduate programs centered on the liberal arts, excellent graduate and continuing education programs, and abundant opportunities for access to faculty in small classes, research experience, international study, leadership development, and off-campus service and internships, with the goal of preparing students to be contributing citizens and leaders for our state, the nation and the world. The university presently awards over 100 baccalaureate degrees in more than 90 programs, with in five schools and a variety of graduate programs in all of its seven schools.

With more than 200 student organizations on campus, students have unlimited ways to serve their community or those in need, explore new interests, sharpen their competitive edge or just be part of something that's important to them.

SMU 234-acre campus is in Dallas, the city of big ideas and big opportunity.
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