PhD Admissions

Earn Your Doctorate at Duke

Completing a PhD program in engineering is hard. Really hard. But after years of frustrations and celebrations, a Duke doctorate stands out from the crowd. Between field-defining faculty and a web of industrial, entrepreneurial and public-policy connections, our graduates can go anywhere and do anything their hearts desire.

And you won’t be alone on your journey.

Support Throughout Your Journey

At Duke, we support our doctoral students with generous financial stipends and health insurance plans. We also help you plan for what’s next through continuous peeks through all the doors your degree will open.

As a PhD student, you have the time and space to dive deep. You’ve got five years. And Duke is like a playground for knowledge.

Judith Dominguez Studying the biological effects of carbon nanotubes in Christine Payne’s lab.

Prepare for a High-Impact Career

Completing a PhD at Duke is just as much about the journey as it is the destination. That’s why we’ll help you explore career options, from the university campus to the national lab to the start-up incubator. Wherever your path leads, you can be sure that you’ll arrive prepared and ready to make a difference.

Diversity Makes Better Engineers

An optimist sees the glass as half full. A pessimist? Half empty. An engineer sees a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be. Point is, engineers see things differently. Duke engineers see things very differently. Why use glass at all? Can we create a more efficient material? Ooh, should we include a water quality sensor? Here, we value different backgrounds and ways of thinking—because new approaches generate new solutions.

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

The Data


PhD students


PhD students per tenure-track faculty member


Of our PhD students received an NSF or other prestigious fellowship


In new research awards won in FY22


Best Graduate Biomedical Engineering Program

U.S. News & World Report


Lower cost of living in Durham vs. Boston

Facilities: Welcome to Wilkinson

Duke Engineering occupies space in 18 buildings on and near the Duke campus, the newest of which is the Wilkinson Building. Wilkinson is a transformational 81,000-square-foot space built around three research neighborhoods focused on advances in health, computing and the environment. It is also home to centers for engineering entrepreneurship and innovation; and state-of-the-art design labs and flexible classrooms.

Durham and Beyond

Location. Location. Location.

Situated at the north vertex of North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle, Durham is essential to the Duke Engineering experience. Among our neighbors are hundreds of startups and standard bearers both private and public, a growing collection of James Beard Award-winning chefs, and a quickly growing community and skyline. River rafting, trail hiking, mountain climbing and sunbathing on sandy beaches are all just a couple hours’ drive away.

It doesn’t take an advanced degree to see why Durham is the #3 best place to live in America according to U.S. News and World Report, but come get one here anyway.

Interested in joining our community?