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About Duke Engineering

Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering is a vibrant teaching and research institution dedicated to educating the next generation of 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 the upholding the mission of Duke University and its guiding principles of trustworthiness, respect, diversity, learning and teamwork.

Degree Programs

At Duke, we are one of two undergraduate schools, and one of seven graduate and professional schools.

Our degree programs include:

Academic Departments

Our degree programs are offered through four academic departments:

And with Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, through the Duke University Program in Materials Science & Engineering.


Duke Engineering's research expenditures exceed $76 million per year—and have grown by more than 84 percent over the last decade.

We rank eighth among leading U.S. engineering schools in per-faculty research expenditures.

Duke Engineering is a leader in multidisciplinary education and research. We maintain extensive collaborations with researchers in each of Duke's graduate and professional schools—especially the highly regarded Duke University School of Medicine.

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1265 Undergrad Students - 1107 Grad Students - 150 Faculty - 14,500 Alumni

Undergraduate and Graduate Study

  • #3 in the U.S. in graduate biomedical engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • #3 in the U.S. in undergraduate biomedical engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • #7 in the U.S. in electrical engineering—College Factual
  • #10 in the U.S. in graduate environmental engineering—U.S. News & World Report

Research and Faculty

  • #3 in the world in biomedical engineering—Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
  • #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering—Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
  • #8 among top-ranked U.S. engineering schools in per-faculty research expenditures—data from U.S. News & World Report
  • #11 among U.S. engineering schools in research productivity—Academic Analytics 2016, published June 2018

Student Life and Community

  • Bronze Award and Exemplar, American Society for Engineering Education Diversity Recognition Program
  • Bronze Badge - ASEE Diversity Recognition ProgramTop 10 Graduate Engineering Program Popular with Women—U.S. News & World Report
  • #20 on Business Insider's 50 Best Engineering Schools
  • #20 School for Undergraduate Engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • #26 School for Graduate Engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 25 Best Online Engineering Program, the Distributed Master of Engineering ManagementU.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)—
  • Top 15 US college that pays off the most for engineering students—CNBC

Duke University

  • #10 National University—U.S. News & World Report
  • #5 University—Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
  • #4 STEM University for Women—Forbes



  • 35 percent are women—national average is 23 percent
  • More than 75 percent participate in an industry internship
  • More than two-thirds have an intensive research experience with a faculty member
  • 37 percent study abroad
  • 84 percent have jobs or job offers before graduation

PhD and Master's Students

  • 487 PhD students—22 percent enrollment growth in the last five years
  • 297 Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
  • 70 distributed Master of Engineering Management (d-MEM)
  • 157 Master of Science (MS)
  • 230 Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • 15 percent of current PhD students have received NSF or major fellowship awards


  • 150 faculty—123 are tenure-track
  • 20 percent growth in the past 5 years
  • Rank 11th overall in research productivity among U.S. engineering schools (Academic Analytics 2016—published June 2018)
  • 41 spin-off companies started by Pratt faculty—5 in the past year
  • 7 members of the National Academy of Engineering

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  • More than 14,000
  • Noted for achievements in engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, teaching, medicine and other fields
  • 25 members of the National Academy of Engineering

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Duke Engineering occupies 311,321 net square feet of educational, administrative and research space on and near the Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina.

Our campus adjacent to Duke University Medical Center gives engineering researchers and students uncommon collaborative opportunity with world-leading clinicians.

We are just miles from Research Triangle Park—the country's largest research park and home to 200+ tech companies.

Duke's regional advantages include:

  • Energetic mid-sized city economy—Ranked #1 in the nation for jobs (Forbes)
  • Comfortable climate—220 sunny days a year, average daily high temp 70.2°F (21.2°C)
  • Affordability—Cost of living far less than New York, Boston or California's Bay Area

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