Duke Engineering at a Glance
Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering is a vibrant teaching and research institution dedicated to training the next generation of leaders and exploring the frontiers of engineering to develop solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.
We are a highly interdisciplinary engineering school set within a Top 10 research university
We offer a highly interdisciplinary environment within a Top 10 research university.
Equipped to combine technical expertise with broad perspectives, our graduates go on to become leaders and innovators who make a significant impact in their chosen careers.
Our mission is to provide a rigorous engineering education for both undergraduate and graduate students, enabling them to lead productive, rewarding, and ethical lives for the betterment of society. It is our vision that Duke engineering students and faculty will be catalysts for generating and integrating knowledge across the disciplines required to address complex issues facing a global society.
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The Pratt School of Engineering is one of two undergraduate schools of Duke University, and one of Duke's seven graduate and professional schools.
We offer degree programs granting Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in each of our four departments:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
We also offer an innovative Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree for students who want to pursue business leadership roles in industry.
As a leader in inter- and multi-disciplinary education and research, the Pratt School of Engineering has extensive collaboration with the Duke University School of Medicine, as well as Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Sanford School of Public Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, School of Law, Fuqua School of Business, and Graduate School.
Duke Engineering by the Numbers
Highly Ranked Programs
- #3 in the world in biomedical engineering in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
- #4 in the U.S. in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
- #6 in the U.S. in graduate Biomedical Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
- #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
- #9 among top-ranked U.S. engineering schools in per-faculty research expenditures (U.S. News & World Report data)
- Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential – $78,400 median pay with 0-5 years of work experience (Payscale.com)
- Top 10 Graduate Engineering Program Popular with Women (U.S. News & World Report)
- #12 in the U.S. in graduate Environmental Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
- #15 in the U.S. in undergraduate Environmental Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
- #20 on Business Insider's 50 Best Engineering Schools (BusinessInsider.com)
- #20 School for Undergraduate Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
- #29 School for Graduate Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
- Top 25 Best Online Engineering Programs – Distributed Master of Engineering Management (U.S. News & World Report)
- #5 on Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education's College Rankings 2018
- #9 National University (U.S. News & World Report)
- #11 on Reuter's 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World (Reuters.com)
- 33 percent women (national average: 22 percent)
- More than 70 percent participate in an industry internship
- Nearly 60 percent have an intensive research experience with a faculty member
- 35 percent study abroad
Our Graduate Students
- 468 PhD students
- 229 Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
- 157 Master of Science (MS)
- 77 Master of Engineering (MEng)
- 7 Receiving Major External Fellowships during 2017-2018 — 4 NSF Fellows, 2 NSDEG Fellows, 1 SMART Scholar
- 15 percent growth over the past five years
- Rank among the top 15 in their fields in research productivity among U.S. engineering schools. Source: Academic Analytics 2015 (published December 2016)
- 35 spin-off companies started by Pratt faculty—7 in the past year
- 7 members of the National Academy of Engineering
- Noted for achievements in fields including engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, teaching, medicine and more
- 25 members of the National Academy of Engineering
The Duke Engineering campus is located next to Duke University Medical Center — giving our researchers uncommon opportunity to collaborate with clinicians and researchers within one of the world's leading academic medical enterprises. The Duke-Coulter Translational Research Partnership was launched in 2005 as one of nine such programs to support collaborative research between biomedical engineers and clinical faculty. The MEDx initiative enhances existing ties and encourages new collaborations among faculty from Pratt and the Duke University School of Medicine.
Our campus is only miles from North Carolina's famed Research Triangle Park, named for the region's research universities and their three hometowns: Durham (home to Duke University and NC Central University), Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Raleigh (North Carolina State University).
The 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park — the world's largest research park — is home to more than 200 organizations.