Celebrating 15 Years of Excellence

5/6/24 Pratt School of Engineering

Duke’s Master of Engineering Management Online program celebrated its 15th anniversary by securing the #3 spot in US News & World Report rankings

2023 MEM Online Cohort
Celebrating 15 Years of Excellence

Duke University’s Master of Engineering Management Online program recently secured a prestigious spot as the #3 program in the nation, according to the latest rankings by US News & World Report. This achievement comes as the program celebrates its 15-year anniversary, marking a significant milestone in its journey of academic excellence and innovation.

Luis Morales, executive director of Duke’s MEM programs, expressed his excitement and gratitude for the recognition, highlighting the program’s continuous efforts to enhance curriculum, improve course delivery, and elevate the residency experience. 

“We’ve worked diligently over the years to provide an engaging, differentiated experience,” Morales said. “We attract amazingly talented students, and we likewise have access to dedicated faculty with an unwavering commitment to excellence. We’re delighted with our standing as a world-class online Engineering Management program, especially as we mark our 15th anniversary.”

Reflecting on the journey from its inception to its current status, La Tondra Murray, PhD, director of online and distance education for Duke Engineering, pointed out several key milestones.

These include the program’s continual growth in cohorts, the partnership between faculty and instructional designers to optimize core classes for online students, and the rise of MEM Online alumni into senior positions.

Murray also shared insights into the challenges faced during the early stages of the program’s development.

“In the early days, we had small cohorts, and blending orientation experiences for campus and online students didn’t work well,” she explained. “Once we streamlined residency programming to focus on online students, connections among the cohort blossomed.”

2023 MEM Online Cohort
The Duke Pratt Masters in Engineering Management Online Cohort 2023 Residency outside Duke Chapel. Photo by Kevin Seifert/RTP.Studio

A distinguishing feature of Duke MEM Online is its blend of online coursework and on-campus residencies. Morales highlighted how this fusion provides students with the flexibility to pursue a graduate degree without interrupting their careers while fostering crucial connections during residencies.

Diversity within cohorts is another key focus.

“We believe that diversity is foundational for the Duke MEM Online program,” Morales said.” Our students bring a variety of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds, enabling them to learn from each other and make critical contributions.”

Partnerships with industry giant Boeing and the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Officers Program have further enriched the curriculum and benefitted students by providing access to a vast pool of technical talent and real-world expertise.

We believe that diversity is foundational. Our students bring a variety of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds, enabling them to learn from each other and make critical contributions.

Luis Morales Executive Director, Duke Master of Engineering Management Programs

Looking ahead, Duke MEM Online plans to enhance its offerings by refining instructional design, increasing opportunities for alumni engagement and leveraging technology to provide personalized learning experiences.

Technology obviously plays a significant role in online education, and Duke’s MEM programs have adapted by investing in optimized capability to provide a high-quality learning experience for students.

Beyond academic achievements, Duke MEM Online fosters a strong sense of community among its students, with many forging lifelong friendships and connections beyond graduation.

Morales extends a warm invitation to prospective students, emphasizing Duke MEM Online’s commitment to providing a challenging, comprehensive program that expands both personal and professional horizons.

“We welcome candidates who want to learn and grow while contributing to the learning and growth of others along the way,” he said.

As Duke MEM Online celebrates its remarkable achievements and looks to the future, it continues to uphold its commitment to excellence, innovation and community, setting a standard of academic distinction in the field of engineering management education.

Online Master’s Study at Duke

Duke’s online Master of Engineering Management program is ranked #3 in the United States.