About Duke Engineering
Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering is a vibrant teaching and research institution dedicated to educating engineering leaders and pursuing research in high-impact fields to address the world's grand challenges
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.
We are committed to upholding the mission of Duke University and its guiding principles of trustworthiness, respect, diversity, learning and teamwork.
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Facts & Stats
At Duke, we are one of two undergraduate schools, and one of seven graduate and professional schools.
Duke Engineering offers undergraduate, master's and doctoral study in engineering.
For working professionals, we also offer graduate certificates in high-demand topics and online learning opportunities.
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)
- Master of Engineering (MEng)
- Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
- Master of Science (MS)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Graduate Certificates, Online Learning & Short Courses
Through our Institute for Enterprise Engineering, we offer master's degrees and professional credentials in topics including:
- AI and machine learning
- Blockchain and cryptocurrency
- Business fundamentals for engineers
- Computing fundamentals
- Game Design & Development
- Design thinking & technological innovation
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Duke's engineering degree programs are offered through:
- Department of Biomedical Engineering
- Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
- Duke Engineering Institute for Enterprise Engineering
Plus, with Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, we participate in the PhD- and Master of Science-granting Duke University Program in Materials Science & Engineering.
External Research Funding
Duke Engineering's research expenditures exceed $96 million per year, with faculty winning more than $100 million in new awards in FY 2022.
Research funding from external sources has grown by 47 percent over the last decade and 30 percent in the past five years.
Our research enterprise includes:
- National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported centers and research training programs
- Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI)
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- Data Science, Advanced Computing & Intelligent Systems
- Materials Discovery & Development
- Personal, Environmental & Population Health
- Resilient Systems & the Environment
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We maintain extensive research collaborations with Duke's graduate and professional schools of arts, natural sciences, business, law, public policy—and especially the Duke University School of Medicine.
U.S. News & World Report
- #7 online graduate degree in Engineering Management
- #16 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie), includes:
- #3 undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering
- #12 undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering
- #24 Best Graduate Engineering School (tie)—includes Top 25 PhD and masters rankings in:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering (7-way tie)
- Environmental Engineering (5-way tie)
- Top 25 US Cybersecurity Program ("Degrees of the Future 2022")
Research and Faculty
Academic Analytics Faculty Scholarly Productivity
- #17 overall, among U.S. engineering schools
- #8 in Computer Engineering
- #11 in Biomedical Engineering
- #17 in Electrical Engineering
- #19 in Civil Engineering
- #21 in Environmental Engineering
Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
- #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering
Per Faculty Research Funding
- #9 in per-faculty research funding among the Top 25 U.S. engineering schools (U.S. News data; average $925,000/faculty member)
- Bronze Award and Exemplar—American Society for Engineering Education Diversity Recognition Program
- Top 10 Graduate Engineering Program Popular with Women—U.S. News & World Report
- Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential ($78,400 median pay with 0-5 years of work experience)—Payscale.com
- Top 15 US college that pays off the most for engineering students—CNBC
The Duke Engineering Community
- 1,289 undergraduate students
- 37 percent identify as female (National avg.: 24 percent)
- 289 members of the undergraduate Class of 2022
Class of 2022 Senior Survey
- 92 percent had jobs, job offers, or planned to attend grad school, at the time of graduation
- 84 percent participated in an internship in the U.S.
- 53 percent had an intensive research experience with a faculty member
- 16 percent participated in a study-abroad program
- 16 percent published or presented a research paper off-campus
- 14 percent took a service-learning course that included outreach to the community
Survey response rate: 65 percent
- 327 Master of Engineering Management (MEM), online and on-campus
- 259 Master of Science (MS)
- 357 Master of Engineering (MEng)
- 339 master's degree graduates in the Class of 2022
- 603 PhD students
- 4.6 PhD students per tenure-track faculty member
- 16 percent of eligible current PhD students received NSF or major fellowship awards
- 102 PhD graduates in the Class of 2022
- Total graduate student enrollment has grown 90 percent over the past 10 years
- 171 total faculty (all tracks)
- 124 tenure-track faculty
- 11 members of the National Academy of Engineering
- Total faculty count has grown 28 percent over the past 10 years
In fiscal 2022
- 76 new invention disclosures
- 46 patents issued
- 7 new spin-off companies, based on Duke Engineering discoveries
- $20 million revenue resulting from Duke Engineering technologies
- More than 17,000
- Noted for achievements in engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, teaching, medicine and other fields
- Through the Duke Engineering Alumni Council, our graduates make direct impacts on current students through mentorship, student project and organization funding, intern sponsorship and more
- More than two dozen Duke Alumni are members of the National Academy of Engineering
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Facilities and Location
Duke Engineering occupies 404,126 square feet of educational, research and administrative space in 18 buildings on and near the Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina.
Our latest—the innovative Wilkinson Building—contributes 81,000 net square feet of state-of-the-science laboratory and learning spaces for advanced research, design education and entrepreneurship.
Our engineering campus adjacent to Duke University Medical Center gives Duke's engineering researchers and students uncommon collaborative opportunities with world-leading clinicians.
We are just miles from Research Triangle Park—the largest research park in the United States and home to 200-plus leading firms in advanced computing, pharmaceuticals, financial services and more.
- Energetic economy and community—The #2 Best Place to Live in the United States and a top-ranked region for STEM jobs (U.S. News & World Report; STEM Job Growth Index)
- Sunny climate—220 sunny days a year; average daily high temperature of 70.2°F (21.2°C)
- Affordability—Living costs in Duke's region are 61% lower than in New York City, half that of California's Bay Area, and 39% lower than in Boston (Bankrate.com)
Updated March 3, 2023