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May 10, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU School of Engineering has announced plans to offer executive master's degree programs in several engineering specialties. The new programs will begin in August or as soon as sufficient enrollment is reached.

Classes leading to the degrees will meet one Friday and Saturday a month for two years, with an additional full week of classes during the summer.

Initial programs to be offered in the executive format are a master's degree in electrical engineering with specialization in telecommunications, a master's degree in telecommunications for non-engineers, a master's degree in software engineering, a master's degree in engineering management, and a master's degree in information engineering and management.

"All of these areas have shortages of qualified engineers, especially in management," said Stephen Szygenda, dean of the SMU School of Engineering.

The new programs will be targeted to students currently working in industry who want to gain the skills necessary to move into top management positions. All have been designed in close cooperation with industry.

The SMU School of Engineering is the first engineering school in the Dallas area to offer master's degrees in the executive format. The University of Texas at Austin is the only other university in Texas currently offering an executive-style master's degree in engineering. Szygenda implemented that program when he served as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UT-Austin from 1993-1996.

"These new programs at SMU will allow Dallas-area companies to send their fast-track employees to graduate school right here in Dallas," Szygenda said.

Syzgenda said the once-a-month format of the classes also could attract students from companies in Houston and Oklahoma City. Additional master's degree programs in engineering that focus on topics relevant to Dallas and Texas industries may be added later in the year.

For more information on the new executive master's degrees in electrical engineering and telecommunications, contact program director Jerry Gibson at 214-768-3113.

For more information on the new executive master's degrees in engineering management and information engineering and management, contact program director Dick Barr at 214-768-1100.

For more information on the new executive master's degrees in software engineering, contact program director Frank Coyle at 214-768-3086.

Detailed information on each program also is available on the SMU School of Engineering Web site at