Master's Career Outcomes

Nearly 90% of our recent master's graduates who actively pursued employment or further education were working or admitted to a degree program within 6 months of graduation

A master's degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke helps open opportunities to future success.

Graduates of our MEMS program have gone on to careers at elite academic institutions and at leading aerospace, manufacturing and electronics firms.

In recent years, about 60 percent of Duke MEMS master's students have gone directly into industry careers, while 40 percent of our Master of Science (MS) graduates and 10 percent of our Master of Engineering (MEng) graduates have gone on to PhD programs.

Where Our Grads Are

Recent Academic Examples:

  • Duke University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Boston University
  • University of Colorado, Boulder

Recent Industry Examples:

  • Honeywell
  • General Motors
  • Intel
  • Medtronic
  • Amazon
  • MEDVII (China)
  • Lutron Electronics

Graduate Employment Data

Duke’s Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science master's programs prepare graduates for a variety of careers in industry.

Our dedicated Career Services team supports master's students in internship and job search, including major-specific resources, career management skills, building professional relationships and exploring opportunities with top organizations.

First Reported Outcome After 6 Months

For graduates awarded degrees during calendar year 2021


This survey reflects 44 graduates with 9 responses.

Total Annual Salary of Recent Graduates

  • Average: $82,460

Note: U.S. salaries

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View several years of employment data for all graduate engineering programs at Duke.

Meet our Graduates

Meghan Booze

Meghan Booze

F-15E Instructor Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations for Innovation, U.S. Air Force

Master of Science, 2020

Davide Di Nubila

Davide Di Nubila

Propulsion Test Engineer, Isar Aerospace

Master of Engineering, 2020

Meredith Kircher

Meredith Kircher

Project Engineer, Honda Aircraft

Master of Engineering, 2018

Andrew Burton

Andrew Burton

Project Mechanical Engineer, Lutron Electronics

Master of Engineering, 2017