Aerospace Master of Engineering (MEng) Program

Aerospace MEng Program

Studies and Opportunities in Aerospace Research, also known as SOAR, is a master of engineering degree program (MEng) in mechanical engineering which trains engineers to develop tomorrow’s ultra-efficient aircraft, including drones and UAV's, and to find solutions to problems surrounding fuel consumption, noise, and emissions.


Duke's three-semester, 30-credit MEng degree program includes:

  • Flexibility – You have the opportunity to focus on mechanical engineering topics relevant to your aerospace industry career choice
  • Business and management fundamentals
  • An applied engineering experience

Meet Our Graduates

Fanny Besem

Application and Consultant Engineer at NUMECA-USA Inc.
Earned MEng in 2012, PhD in 2015

Fanny BesemI come from Belgium and I chose to study at Duke University because of the strong aerospace program it offers and the knowledge and international reputation of the professors in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

I liked the variety of classes in the program; it opened my horizons further, beyond the aerospace field.

I learned about business and entrepreneurship, in addition to my specialization in mathematics and aerospace. This diversity of skills made me a stronger job candidate.

Classes are small and the professors are always willing to spend time when you need extra explanation or guidance. I always felt a great support from the department and the professors during my master’s degree program.

Studying aerospace engineering at Duke was an amazing experience that allowed me to interact with people from all over the world. The program stresses the importance of teamwork as a key skill in the global economy. The skills I developed by working with students of different cultures and backgrounds have been of tremendous importance during my career.

The Pratt School of Engineering also offers many opportunities for extracurricular involvement, from organizing student-led social events to giving back to the community by building houses and introducing K-12 students to science.

Between the state-of-the-art courses and the Duke spirit that runs through the campus, I am convinced that studying aerospace at Duke was the best choice I have made for my future.

Carlos Chávez

Research and Development Engineer at Honeywell
Earned MEng in 2013

Carolos ChávezSince the very first steps of my career as an engineer, I have always been passionate about the aerospace industry and turbomachinery. I always wanted to learn and discover more about this field, and joining the master’s program was one of the best decisions that I made in my life.

Studying at Duke allowed me to understand many of the technical challenges that are faced by the turbomachinery industry today, and also provided me with sufficient technical tools and knowledge to overcome them and propose innovative solutions.

I also had the honor to attend courses taught by some of the most widely recognized and knowledgeable professors in the field, and I built strong professional relationships with them during my time studying at one of the top-ranked US engineering schools. Furthermore, the skillset I learned has enabled me to join the industry and successfully apply my aeromechanical background to new challenges and developments.

I highly encourage all prospective students to apply and become part of this elite family, to move your career up and beyond!


Earl H. DowellOur faculty, led by Earl H. Dowell, has over 250 years combined of academic and industrial experience in aircraft and propulsions system design, and includes many AIAA and ASME fellows and recipients of the highest awards for research excellence in aerospace engineering.

Duke aerospace master's students work under faculty in the world's premier research group focused on aeroacoustics, aerodynamics (steady and unsteady), aeroelasticity and aeromechanics.

In addition, Duke research groups work with leaders in the aerospace industry. Duke is home to the GUIde Consortium of government, university and industry experts in turbomachinery aeroelasticity. The consortium includes members from nearly every major worldwide turbomachinery manufacturer.


Research conducted by our faculty touches on topics including turbomachinery, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones, fixed wing aircraft, rotary wing aircraft, solar sail spacecraft, and more. Our aerospace research facilities include:


Applications are accepted for admission in the spring or fall. Apply online through our dedicated MEng program website:

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Deadlines, Requirements and Other Details

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Sample Degree Plan

Semester 1

  • MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers
  • ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 473: Aerospace Structures*

Semester 2

  • MENG 540: Management in High Tech Industries
  • ME 775: Aeroelasticity
  • Mathematics Course
  • Computational Course

Semester 3

  • ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Core Elective
  • ME 555: Mini-Thesis

*Note: No more than one 400-level undergraduate course can be applied to the MEng degree, and a minimum of a B must be earned for it to count. Undergraduate courses at the 200 level and lower may be taken, but cannot be used to fulfill MEng degree requirements.


Other Opportunities

MEng in Mechanical Engineering

Aerospace is one of five core concentrations in Duke's MEng program in mechanical engineering. Learn more about our master of engineering degree in mechanical engineering at our dedicated Duke MEng website.

International MEng – THRUST

Interested in studying in Europe? Learn more about our international master of engineering (MEng) program in turbomachinery, called THRUST.