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You’re unique. Your degree path should be, too

Duke Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science offers a flexible curriculum so you can define your own path, and forge connections to other disciplines and focus areas for a truly individualized educational experience.

Whether you choose to tackle a challenging research problem, take on an internship with an industry leader, or even start your own company, we’ll connect you with the resources you need to succeed.

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Innovation, Meet Expertise.

Duke is ranked one of the most innovative universities in the world, and it shows. Our internationally recognized faculty are leading the way in biomaterials, robotics, materials design and discovery, energy and fluidics technology, and more. With project-based learning and research opportunities guided by faculty mentors like ours, your time at Duke will translate directly into valuable, marketable skills and experience.

 Highly Ranked

  • Top 10 U.S. Research University (U.S. News)
  • Top 10 Graduate Engineering Programs Popular with Women (U.S. News)
  • Top 15 U.S. programs in mechanical engineering research productivity

 Flexible Degree Options

  • Master of Science—Focused studies with a thesis or research project for students interested in tech careers or doctoral study
  • Master of Engineering—Technical studies plus business coursework and internship for students interested in industry careers

 Customized Study Tracks

  • Acoustics, Aerodynamics & Aeroelasticity
  • Computational Mechanics & Scientific Computing
  • Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls
  • Energy Technology & Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer
  • Materials Design & Discovery
  • Robotics
  • Soft Materials & Biomaterials

 Desirable Outcomes

  • Dedicated career services for master's students
  • 60 percent of our master’s graduates pursue industry careers
  • 40 percent continue in PhD programs

Andrew Burton

"The program at Duke is flexible, so you can tailor your classes to develop upon a specific related interest."

Andrew Burton, M.Eng. in ME Grad
Project Mechanical Engineer, Lutron Electronics

Duke University ranks #8 among U.S. research universities (U.S.News)

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