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, MS, and professional master’s degree programs in specialties including biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science, and photonics -- plus a host of advantages unique to Duke Engineering.

Why Choose Duke?

Duke Engineering offers:

  • 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), seven 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
  • PhD Plus, an innovative professional development program offering summer workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, and internship 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-accoladed cities—plus a lower cost of living compared to other metropolitan areas

Compare Our Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Science (MS)

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

Curriculum

  •  Technical coursework
  •  Teaching Assistant
  •  Completion of exams
  •  Dissertation
  •  Technical coursework
  •  Thesis or project
  •  Thesis defense
  •  Technical coursework
  •  Two business courses
  •  An internship
  •  Four management courses
  •  Four technical courses
  •  An internship
  •  Seminars & workshop series

Duration

5-6 years

2 years

1.5 - 2 years

1 year for campus program; 2 years for distance option

Professional Interests

Research or technology development in academia, industry or government

Research or technology development in academia, industry or government

Product design, product development and innovation in industry

Technology leadership, entrepreneurship and technology management positions in industry

Ideal Candidates

  •  May be finishing a BS, BSE, MS or have some professional work experience in addition
  •  Prepared to present research efforts to professional and technical societies at conferences
  •  Can show that they are dedicated and capable students ready for doctoral responsibilities
  •  Are motivated to publish research and present their work
  •  Are dedicated to highly focused, long term research
  •  May be finishing a BS, BSE or have some professional work experience in addition
  •  May be seeking to prepare themselves for a doctoral program
  •  Can demonstrate readiness for graduate level coursework and research
  •  Want to conduct a research project in collaboration with world-class faculty
  •  Hope to complete a strong research project eligible for publication with their adviser
  •  Are completing a BS or BSE, or are early career technical professionals 
  •  Interested in a non-thesis curriculum that encompasses strong technical depth supplemented with core business fundamentals
  •  Willing to gain real-world experience through an internship
  •  Are completing a BS or BSE, or are early career technical professionals 
  •  Are looking for an alternative to an MBA tailored to engineering
  •  Willing to gain real-world experience through an internship (campus only)
  •  Interested in gaining greater technical depth through engineering electives, technology management courses or interdisciplinary studies
  •  Are drawn to a highly diverse community with students from many disciplines and countries

Where to Learn More

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