Graduate Programs

Whether you're preparing for a career in academia, industry or government, you can find a graduate degree program to help you achieve your goals here at Duke Engineering.

We offer PhD, Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (MEng) and Master of Engineering Management (MEM) programs in specialties including biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science, engineering management, and photonics – plus a host of advantages unique to Duke Engineering.

Why Choose Duke?

Our graduate programs offer:

  • Personalized mentorship from faculty ranked among the top 10 in the U.S. for research productivity
  • An energetic and richly interdisciplinary research environment—with an engineering faculty ranked among the top 12 in their fields nationally for scholarly productivity (Academic Analytics), major externally funded research centers, total research funding that has doubled over the past decade, and extensive collaborations across the highly regarded Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, and Research Triangle Park
  • Dedicated professional development programs and career services for our graduate students, including PhD Plus, an innovative program offering resources to position Duke PhD students for career success
  • A welcoming and close-knit community of peers and mentors—both at Pratt and across Duke
  • A terrific location in Durham, North Carolina, one of America’s most talked-about cities—plus a lower cost of living compared to U.S. cities in the northeast or on the West Coast.

Compare Our Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Science (MS)

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering Management (MEM)


Research-focused degree comprising:
  •  Technical coursework
  •  Teaching assistantship
  •  Dissertation
Flexible engineering degree comprising:
  • Technical coursework
  •  Thesis or project (and a coursework-only option in ECE)
Industry-focused degree with:
  • Technical coursework
  • Business coursework
  • An internship, project or equivalent
Management-track degree with:
  • Four business courses
  •  Four technical electives
  •  An internship
  •  Seminars and workshops


4-7 years

1.5 - 2 years

1.5 - 2 years

1 year for campus program
2 years for distance option

Consider If You Are

  • Dedicated to highly focused, long-term research
  • Interested in leading specialized research efforts in academia, industry, entrepreneurial ventures or a government lab
  • Motivated to publish peer-reviewed research with faculty advisers
  • Interested in presenting research efforts to professional and technical societies at conferences
  • Interested in working in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment
  • Seeking a career in a research environment, OR
  • Want additional preparation to apply for a doctoral program, OR
  • Interested in working in industry in areas such as technology development or product design
  • Want to work in interdisciplinary teams to gain practical research and/or project management skills
  • Interested in opportunities to co-author published research and present to professional peers
  • Interested in pursuing a non-thesis, practice-oriented advanced degree focused on industry
  • Interested in product development, engineering support and technology innovation
  • Interested in a curriculum that encompasses strong technical depth supplemented with core business fundamentals
  • Motivated to gain real-world experience through an internship or applied research experience
  • Looking for a technology-focused alternative to an MBA
  • Interested in gaining practical knowledge in marketing, finance, management and law
  •  Interested in gaining greater technical depth through engineering electives, technology management or interdisciplinary studies
  • Motivated to gain real-world experience through an internship (campus only)
  • Drawn to a highly diverse, globally focused community with students from many disciplines and countries

Where to Learn More

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