Graduate

As a graduate student you’re looking for several things: a place where you can study with the very best minds in your field of interest, and a place where you can be happy and get the academic, social and career development support you need.

Duke is the nation’s fastest-rising engineering school—ranked #10 in among U.S. engineering schools in research productivity by Academic Analytics 2012—and consistently ranked as one of the top research institutions in the nation. Our graduates are prepared for careers in academia, industry, or government, and many pursue research and technology development.

We offer PhD, MS, and professional master’s degree programs in specialties including biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science, and photonics.

Compare Our Degrees

PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

MS

Master of Science

MEng

Master of Engineering

MEM

Master of Engineering Management

Curriculum
  • Technical coursework
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Completion of exams
  • Dissertation
  • Technical coursework
  • Thesis or project
  • Thesis defense
  • Technical coursework
  • Two business courses
  • An internship
  • Four management courses
  • Four technical courses
  • An internship
  • Seminars & workshop series
Duration

5-6 years

2 years

1.5 - 2 years

1 year for campus program; 2 years for distance option

Professional Interests

Research or technology development in academia, industry or government

Research or technology development in academia, industry or government

Product design, product development and innovation in industry

Technology leadership, entrepreneurship and technology management positions in industry

Ideal Candidates
  • May be finishing a BS, BSE, MS or have some professional work experience in addition
  • Prepared to present research efforts to professional and technical societies at conferences
  • Can show that they are dedicated and capable students ready for doctoral responsibilities
  • Are motivated to publish research and present their work
  • Are dedicated to highly focused, long term research
  • May be finishing a BS, BSE or have some professional work experience in addition
  • May be seeking to prepare themselves for a doctoral program
  • Can demonstrate readiness for graduate level coursework and research
  • Want to conduct a research project in collaboration with world-class faculty
  • Hope to complete a strong research project eligible for publication with their adviser
  • Are completing a BS or BSE, or are early career technical professionals 
  • Interested in a non-thesis curriculum that encompasses strong technical depth supplemented with core business fundamentals
  • Willing to gain real-world experience through an internship
  • Are completing a BS or BSE, or are early career technical professionals 
  • Are looking for an alternative to an MBA tailored to engineering
  • Willing to gain real-world experience through an internship (campus only)
  • Interested in gaining greater technical depth through engineering electives, technology management courses or interdisciplinary studies
  • Are drawn to a highly diverse community with students from many disciplines and countries
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