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Our uniquely multidisciplinary programs cultivate engineering leaders

At Duke Engineering, we have created a thriving, rigorous, supportive and interdisciplinary environment in which we cultivate engineering leaders.

More than two dozen Duke alumni and faculty have been elected into the National Academy of Engineering »

Our renowned faculty are leaders in globally-leading areas of engineering research.

Mentorship From Day One

Our PhD students receive exceptional technical training and mentorship from our world-class faculty.

In our laboratories, PhD students become true collaborators, where they co-invent new solutions, develop entrepreneurial skills and even become company founders.

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Outstanding Student Support

On our campus, you'll have the advantage of programs designed and dedicated to building your social, writing, business and leadership skills. We will prepare you for career success no matter your path.

Visit our professional development program, PhD Plus »

Prepared for a Great Career

About half our PhD graduates join industry—often with leading global tech companies. Nearly 40 percent start academic careers—many at the world's leading research institutions.

Across the United States and around the globe, you'll find a strong network of Duke Engineering alumni in leading roles.

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How To Apply

Areas of Study

Biomedical Engineering

Fall 2019 application deadline: Dec. 15, 2018

Research Areas

More at bme.duke.edu 


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fall 2019 application deadline: Dec. 15, 2018

Research Areas

More at cee.duke.edu


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Fall 2019 application deadline: Dec. 1, 2018*

Research Areas

more at ece.duke.edu

*Applications submitted by Jan. 1, 2019 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after the Jan. 1, 2019 deadline but before the closing date of Feb. 28, 2019 will be reviewed based upon availability of space.


Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Fall 2019 application deadline: Dec. 31, 2018

Research Areas

More at mems.duke.edu


Duke University Program in Materials Science and Engineering

Research Areas

Signature topics in materials research within the university program include:

  • Biomaterials
  • Computational Materials Discovery
  • Electronic & Photonic Materials
  • Energy Materials
  • Metamaterials
  • Soft Materials

About Duke MatSci

This university-wide degree program is uniquely multidisciplinary—and built upon Duke's strengths in materials science and engineering.

PhD students are admitted through Duke academic departments in engineering and the natural sciences. Applications must be submitted by the departmental deadline.

More at matsci.duke.edu