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Master's and PhD Programs

Duke Engineering has a graduate degree program to help you achieve your career goals

Our graduates receive individualized career and professional development support from a dedicated team—No matter whether the goal is a career in academia, industry or the public sector.

Earn your engineering graduate degree at Duke.

What Duke Offers

Doctoral (PhD), in these disciplines:

Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng), in these disciplines:

Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees in these topics:

 And, a Master of Engineering Management:

A tech-focused alternative to an MBA, with multiple focus track options, including an innovative Entrepreneurship Track

Plus, skill-building graduate certificates in:

... each having a host of advantages unique to Duke Engineering

Why Choose Duke?

Advantages that our graduate programs offer:

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
  • Industry Preparation 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 online 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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