Master of Engineering (MEng) in Materials Science and Engineering
A Career-Focused Option with Internship Experience
Duke’s Master of Engineering (MEng) in Materials Science and Engineering is an alternative to a traditional master of science program that will deepen your understanding of technology and help you develop the business leadership and management expertise you need to succeed in your career.
You will take specialized technical classes and a core of business leadership and management courses, with an internship or a project completing the degree.
"From day one until my last day, I never stopped doing research. Duke MEMS faculty encourage master's students to pursue research."
MEMS master's gradute – Now a PhD student at Duke
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Core areas of study include:
- Solid Materials
- Soft Materials
- General Materials Science
Duke Materials Science engineers explained why DNA has its unique spiral shape. We created the liposome as a way to deliver cancer drugs to tumors. And we discovered the formula for a quasicrystal metallic alloy that can be used for low-friction machine parts, such as ball bearings and sliding parts.
As part of our Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering, you become part of a close-knit community of faculty who are tackling the tricky, messy problems that don't fit neatly inside traditional disciplines. Our research, teaching, and hallway discussions focus on pushing the boundaries of materials science.
- For fall and spring entry, visit the Duke Engineering MEng website »
MEng students take the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and an Internship, two specialization courses at the graduate level, and can select core curriculum courses from at least three of the following four cores.
The curriculum, detailed below, includes:
- 30 course credits
- 1 Seminar
The Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a 30-credit degree distributed as follows:
- Core Industry Preparation Courses (6 credits)
- Departmental Core Requirements (18 credits)
- Specialization Requirements (6 credits)
- Internship, Applied Research Experience or Project (0 credits)
Master of Engineering in MSE Curriculum Notes
- Recommended courses are in italics.
- Courses other than those currently listed in the cores can be approved by the DGS.
- Students matriculating in Fall 2013 or after are required to take 1 semester of the EGRMGMT 501 Engineering Management Seminar (Fall Only):
Weekly Seminars offer students the opportunity to interact with top industry leaders, experienced business managers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and small-business owners. Designed to introduce students to different aspects of business and industry, the series also includes information on career opportunity and development. A weekly post-seminar reception allows students to talk one-on-one with speakers and network with their peers.
Core Industry Preparation Course Requirements (6 credits)
- MENG 540: Management of High Tech Industries (3 cr)
- MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers (3 cr)
Departmental Core Requirements (18 credits)
Mathematics and Computational Methods (2 Courses required) (6 cr)
All students are required to take ONE course from EACH of the following two areas:
Recommended mathematics courses
- MATH 551 Applied Partial Differential Equations and Complex Variables (F)
- MATH 577 Mathematical Modeling (S)
- Or more advanced course with approval of DGS and instructor
Recommended computational courses
- ME 649 Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (F)
- ME 524/CE 530 Finite Element Method (F)
- MATH 561 Scientific Computing
- COMPSCI 520 Numerical Analysis
- Or more advanced course with approval of DGS and instructor
MEMS Core Curriculum, Materials Science Concentration (12 cr)
All students must take a total of FOUR courses from the MEMS (Materials Science) core concentrations, covering at least three of the four cores.
Core 1: General Materials Science
- ME 555: Intermediate Materials Science (F)
- ME 512: Thermodynamics of Materials (S)
- PHYS 563: Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
- ME 711: Advanced Materials Laboratory
Core 2: Solid Materials and Photonics
- ME 515: Introduction to Electronic Materials
- ME 555: Introduction to Solid State Engineering
- PHYS 810: Advanced Solid State Physics
- ME 759: Electrons and Phonons in Solid State Engineering
- ECE 511: Foundations in Nanoscience and Technology
- ME 555: Optical Properties of Nanomaterials
- ECE 545: Nanophotonics
- ECE 590: Advanced Optics
- ECE 590: Advances in Photonics
Core 3: Soft Materials/Interfaces
- ME 514/BME 529: Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science
- BME/ME 518: Biomedical Materials
- BME 570L: Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
- ME 555: Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
- ME 555: Electromagnetism of Fluids
- ME 555: Fundamentals of Physical Surface Chemistry
- ECE 590: Biochip Engineering
Core 4: Characterization
- ME 711: Advanced Instrumentation
- BME 550: Modern Microscopy
- ME 555: Introduction to Scanning Probe Microscopy
- ECE 590: Imaging and Spectroscopy
Specialization Requirements (6 credits)
All students will need to take courses totaling 6 credits beyond the core requirement. These can be any TWO graduate level courses (or 300 to 400 level with DGS approval). Although these courses can be any Duke courses to render the program flexible, preference should be given to MEMS Core and engineering courses, to develop the necessary disciplinary depth.
Internship, Project or Equivalent Requirements (0 credits)
- MENG 550: Internship or Applied Research Project
- MENG 551: Internship/Project Assessment
We provide outstanding career support to our master's students.
As a Duke master's student, you can take advantage of our comprehensive and aggressive career development and job search program. You will receive advice from our Master's Assistant Directors of Career Services who work with the Duke Career Center to coordinate various activities throughout the year.
Our career services include:
- On-campus recruiting
- Individual and group career coaching
- Special networking events such as Career Fair, Tech Connect, and alumni networking
- Resume and cover letter development, interviewing tips, and social media advice
The Duke Master of Engineering (MEng) program does not require a minimum GPA or a minimum score on the GRE or TOEFL. The program does not require work experience. Average GRE and grade-point averages of recently admitted Duke MEMS MEng applicants were*:
- GRE Quantitative: 163-169
- GRE Verbal: 152-161
- UGPA: 3.4-3.7
* Mid-50% range
Cost of Attendance
Financial Aid and Fellowships
Because the Master of Engineering is a professional degree rather than a research degree, most students pay their own tuition costs. Many students take out loans and believe there will be an excellent return on investment when they get out into the work force.
Limited financial aid is available to highly qualified candidates through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within the program.
Detailed Financial Aid Info
Underrepresented minorities may receive up to 50 percent per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships.
Externally Funded Scholarships
We also offer support to recipients of select competitively externally funded scholarships, such as
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowships
- Fulbright Scholar Program
DoD SMART Scholarship Program
For US Citizens only – The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Read more...
Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for VA benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Federal Loan Programs
Duke University offers the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs for graduate students, including Stafford unsubsidized loans, Graduate PLUS, and Carl Perkins loans. Each of these loans has different terms and conditions, but they are generally deferrable until after graduation or until the student is enrolled for less than half-time.
These federal loans are available only to United States citizens. Visit the Duke Financial Aid website for more information and application procedures for student loans.
While enrolled in the program, many students work in a variety of places, such as campus libraries and various departments within Duke University. Teaching assistantships are available in various departments, and some departments have research assistantships as well.
These positions are paid an hourly rate, and most students work between 10 to 20 hours per week. Positions are generally posted and filled just a week or two before classes begin each semester.
External Funding Opportunities
Browse our extensive list of potential external funding opportunities on our dedicated website for MEng students.