Duke MEMS offers interdisciplinary training with an individualized curriculum, preparing you for a career in industry or academia. Find the master's degree in mechanical engineering and materials science that fits your needs. See the degrees we offer.
About 60 percent of our master's students go onto careers in industry, where they work for leading firms or build their own startups. About 40 percent of our master's graduates enter PhD programs. Learn more about where our Duke MEMS master's students go.
"I liked that Duke let me pursue very flexible personal study plans by taking courses from multiple disciplines as long as they can help my research. The MS program gave me plenty of opportunities to get actual experience in advanced research and focus on what my research interests truly were."
Yan Zhang, MS'16
PHD STUDENT Studying Robotics AT DUKE
Read YAN's story
Our Mechanical Engineering master's programs feature strong collaboration with biomedical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer engineering, while Materials Science unites engineering innovation with applied mathematics, physics and chemistry. In addition to taking courses in engineering and science, our students enhance their training by taking electives across Duke, including in business, law, and medicine.
Our flexible curriculum allows students to define their own specialties and bridge to other disciplines. Project-based courses translate state-of-the-art research into experiential learning. Internships add practical relevance to advanced coursework.
The Master of Science (MS) is an advanced engineering degree comprising technical coursework and a thesis or project in a chosen discipline.
The centerpiece of the MEMS master's experience is the research project or thesis, conducted over the span of their master’s studies with our world-class faculty.
It typically takes 1.5 to 2 years to earn the degree. Our MEMS MS program provides an excellent foundation for a career in research or technology development in academia or industry.
The Master of Engineering (MEng) is a career-focused degree that includes strong technical and business coursework, with a required industry internship.
MEng students will complete the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and Internship, and develop a specialty by taking technical courses in a core concentration area.
It typically takes 1.5 years to earn the degree. Our MEMS MEng offers a balanced training in engineering and business for a fast-paced technical career. Learn more about each of our Duke MEMS Master of Engineering (MEng) programs:
- Mechanical Engineering – including the THRUST International Program
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing
Compare: MS and MEng
In short, the Master of Science (MS) is focused on research and is excellent preparation for a technical or research-oriented career or a PhD program. The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree is geared toward industry careers, and includes an internship. Take a look at our comparison chart.
Areas of Concentration
We guide each master's student to develop an individualized study plan. Our flexible curriculum permits students to choose which graduate courses they take, as long as one of these areas of concentration is fulfulled (with a mathematics course and four engineering courses):
- Aerospace (including Aerospace Graduate Certificate)
- Materials Science
- Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls
- Thermal Fluids
Meet Our Faculty
Our department, the Pratt School of Engineering and Duke are all highly ranked. Duke MEMS faculty members are international leaders in areas such as materials discovery and development; computational materials; biomechanics and biomaterials; energy materials; robotics, and aerodynamics and aeroelasticity.
- Duke ranks among the Top 15 U.S. programs in mechanical engineering faculty research productivity, according to Academic Analytics 2015 (published December 2016)
- Duke is in the Top 15 on Reuter's 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World (September 2016).
meet our graduates
Recent Duke Master's Industry Placements
- Capital One Labs
- Applied Materials
- Lord Corporation
- General Motors
60 percent of our master's graduates go onto careers in industry.
Recent Duke Master's Academic Placements
- Duke University
- Rice University
- University of Maryland
- University of Southampton (UK)
40 percent of our master's graduates enter PhD programs.