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Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering

A Career-Focused Option with Internship Experience

Duke’s Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical 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.

Carlos Chavez

"Networking with Duke's renowned faculty enabled me to build rapport with professionals and companies in my field."

Carlos Chávez, MEng'13
Product Development Engineer, Honeywell
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Areas of Concentration

You'll take specialized technical classes and a core of business leadership and management courses, with a required internship or a project completing the degree.

Areas of technical concentration include:

How to Apply

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.

Application deadlines:


Degree Requirements

MEng students complete the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and Internship, Departmental Requirements, and will choose specialization requirements of four courses from our areas of concentration.

The curriculum, detailed below, includes:

  • 30 course credits
  • Internship

Curriculum Overview

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 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)

Areas of Concentration

  • Aerospace (including Aerospace Graduate Certificate)
    • Structure and Dynamics
    • Aerodynamics
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls
    • Solid Mechanics
    • Dynamics
    • Controls
    • Aerodynamics
  • Robotics
  • Thermal Fluids
    • Thermodynamics
    • Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena

Curriculum Notes

  1. Recommended courses are in italics.
  2. Courses other than those currently listed in the cores can be approved by the DMS (Director of Masters Studies).

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 (Fall)
  • MATH 577 Mathematical Modeling (Spring)
  • Or more advanced course with approval of DMS and instructor

Recommended computational courses
  • ME 672 Unsteady Aerodynamics (Fall)
  • ME 524/CE 530 Finite Element Method (Fall)
  • MATH 561 Scientific Computing
  • COMPSCI 520 Numerical Analysis
  • Or more advanced course with approval of DMS and instructor

MEMS Core Curriculum, Mechanical Engineering Concentration (12 cr)

All students must take a total of FOUR courses from the five MEMS (Mech. Eng.) core concentrations, doubling up in one core and taking one course from two other core areas.

Core 1: Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls
Solid Mechanics
  • CE 520: Continuum Mechanics (Fall)
  • CE 521: Theory of Elasticity (Spring)
  • CE 621: Plasticity
  • BME 530: Tissue Biomechanics
  • ME 525/CE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 527/CEE 647: Buckling of Engineering Structures
  • CE 645: Experimental Systems
  • ME 541/CE 625: Intermediate Dynamics (Fall)
  • ME 543: Energy and Wave Propagation in Solids
  • ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 572: Engineering Acoustics
  • CE 541: Structural Dynamics
  • ME 742: Non-Linear Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 555: Advanced Acoustics
  • ME 555: Acoustic Cavitation
  • ME 555: Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • ME 555: Energy Harvesting from Vibration
  • ME 545: Robot Control and Automation (Fall)
  • ME 546: Intelligent Systems (Spring)
  • ECE 555: Methods for Systems Analysis
  • ME 571: Aerodynamics (Fall)
  • ME 544: Aeroelasticity
  • ME 671: Advanced Aerodynamics
  • ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • ME 555: Rockets and Gas Turbines
Core 2: Thermal Fluids
  • ME 531: Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ME 532: Convective Heat Transfer (Fall)
Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena
  • ME 631: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (Fall)
  • ME 536: Compressible Fluid Flow (Fall)
  • ME 632: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 759: Hydrodynamic Stability
  • ME 307/BME 308: Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
  • ME 555: Microscale Physicochemical Hydrodynamics
Core 3: Materials Science
  • ME 555: Intermediate Materials Science (Fall)
  • ME 512: Thermodynamics of Materials (Spring)
  • PHYS 563: Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
  • ME 711: Advanced Materials Laboratory
Core 4: Robotics
  • ME 627: Linear Systems Theory
  • ME 546: Intelligent Systems Theory
  • ME 555: Intelligent Sensors
  • ME 555: Autonomous Systems Engineering
  • CS 527: Machine Learning
  • CS 571: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 590: Advanced Materials Laboratory
  • STA 621: Hierarchical Robot Learning
  • STA 611: Intro to Mathematical Statistics
  • STA 561: Probabilistic Machine Learning
  • STA 790: Statistical Design Theory
  • STA 643: Modern Design of Experiments
  • CEE 690: System Identification
  • CEE/EE/ME 648: Multivariable Control
  • TBD: Human-Robot Interaction
  • TBD: Distributed Control and Optimization
  • TBD: Localization and Mapping
  • TBD: Control Theory
  • TBD: Task and Motion Planning
Core 5: Aerospace
Structures and Dynamics
  • ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 555: Systems Engineering
  • ME 572: Engineering Acoustics
  • CE 541: Structural Dynamics
  • ME 742: Non-Linear Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 555: Advanced Acoustics


  • ME 581: Aerodynamics (Fall)
  • ME 775: Aeroelasticity
  • ME 671: Advanced Aerodynamics
  • ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • ME 555: Rockets and Gas Turbines

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. 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

Career Services

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

Admissions Profile

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

See the latest cost of attendance details at the Duke Engineering MEng website »

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

Diversity Scholarships

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...

Veteran's Benefits

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.

On-Campus Work

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.