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Master's Degrees

Interdisciplinary and individualized training with Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) degree options

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.

Meredith Outlaw Kircher"Duke has many opportunities to offer, from research opportunities to courses taught by outstanding professors to the benefit of interacting with students from different backgrounds."

Meredith Outlaw Kircher, MEng'18
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Interdisciplinary Training

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.

Individualized Curriculum

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.

Degrees We OffeR

Master of Science (MS)

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.


Master of Engineering (MEng)

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:


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 fulfilled (with a mathematics course and four engineering courses):

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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).

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Recent Duke Master's Industry Placements

  • Raytheon
  • Capital One Labs
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • 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.

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