MS and PhD Degrees

We strive to make our programs interdisciplinary—that means we’re busting through traditional silos and boundaries.

The vast majority of our research programs focus on areas where more than one discipline of study is needed to solve the problems at hand.

Our faculty engineers are working with researchers from Duke’s medical school, the Nicholas School for the Environment, departments of chemistry, physics, math and computer science—and with scientists and engineers around the world.

The most exciting science and engineering is happening in diverse groups where no idea is off limits and everyone has something to offer. What’s more, such relationships will stretch you intellectually, help you build technical depth, and help you get a job after graduate school. We feature seminars, workshops, social gatherings and networking events, and special departmental graduate course offerings designed to take your experience to the next level.

Our students work in a supportive, close-knit community and have ample opportunities to:

  • Publish with their faculty adviser
  • Present research at professional conferences
  • Work in a highly collaborative, cross-disciplinary environment
  • Make significant contributions to their field
  • Prepare for success in professional careers with our PhD Plus program 

Degrees by Department

Biomedical Engineering

Major research areas for the department include: biomechanics; biomolecular and tissue engineering; bioelectric engineering; and biomedical imaging

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Major research areas for the department include: materials, structures and geo-systems; environmental chemistry and toxicology; environmental process engineering; and hydrology and fluid dynamics. Within these areas students can pursue engineering mechanics, computational mechanics, geomaterials and environmental geomechanics, engineering and environmental geophysics, structural engineering, water resource engineering, hydrology, environmental fluid dynamics, and chemical and biological aspects of pollution of water, atmosphere, and soil, among others.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major research areas for the department include: architecture and networking; biological applications; circuits and systems; nanosystems, devices and materials; quantum computing and photonics; sensing and signals; and waves and metamaterials.

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Major research areas for the department include: acoustics, aerodynamics and aeroelasticity; biomechanics and biomaterials; computational materials science; computational mechanics and scientific computing; dynamics, controls and human machine interaction; energy technology and thermodynamics; fluid mechanics and heat transfer; and mechanics and materials science.