Master's Degrees

We Have a Master's Program That Matches Your Career Plans

Studying for a master's degree in materials science and engineering at Duke prepares you for leadership in industry or in academia. Our Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) degree programs each offer a unique mix of multidisciplinary opportunities.

Find the Duke master's degree that fits your needs:

  • Our Master of Science (MS) is an advanced degree for those who want to enter industry or continue on to a PhD program
  • The Master of Engineering (MEng) is an industry-focused engineering degree that includes business coursework and an internship opportunity – excellent preparation for a career
  • In our 4+1: Bachelor of Science in Engineering(BSE)+Master's Degree program we coordinate your course load so that you complete an undergraduate and a master's degree in just five years

Master of Science (MS) requirements, detailed below, include:

  • MSE graduate seminars
  • 30 credits of coursework
  • A master's project

Application Deadline Fall 2018: March 31

For more information about our MS program and answers to your questions, contact Katie Krieger at

Master of Engineering (MEng) requirements, detailed below, include:

  • 30 credits of coursework
  • Core industry preparatory courses and technical electives in a concentrated area
  • Internship

Application deadlines:

  • For fall admission: January 15 (Round 1), March 15 (Round 2) and June 1 (Round 3–US citizens and permanent residents only)
  • For spring admission: September 1 (Round 1) and November 1 (Round 2–US citizens and permanent residents only)

For more information about our MEng program and answers to your questions, contact Susan Brown at

How to Apply


The Duke Master's Degree in a Materials Science and Engineering field

Degree Requirements

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Detailed Master of Science (MS) Requirements

  1. In the first year, six courses must be selected from eight core courses (3 credits each, 18 credits total):

    CHEM 548: Fundamentals of Solid State Materials
    CHEM 544: Statistical Mechanics

    - OR -

    ECE 521: Quantum Mechanics
    NEW: Materials Synthesis and Processing

    NEW: Fundamentals of Soft Matter
    ME 555: Computational Materials Science
    ECE/NANOSCI 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology

    - OR -

    ECE 721/ME 711: Nanotechnology Materials Lab/Advanced Materials Lab

  2. For the first three semesters, the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Seminar is required (1 credit each, 3 credits total).

  3. In the 2nd year, three elective courses (3 credits each, 9 credits total) are required (a maximum of one elective course may be replaced with an independent study to receive course credit for the M.S. project).

  4. In addition to completing the 30 credits of course work, a Master's project is required beginning in the first year. The project exam occurs during the second semester of the 2nd year.

  5. Academic Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training required by The Graduate School at Duke University must be completed in the first semester (4 hours).

Detailed Master of Engineering (MEng) Requirements

Master of Engineering students complete 30 credits, comprised of key program elements as follows:

  • Core industry preparatory courses (2 courses, 6 credits)
  • Departmental or interdisciplinary core courses (5-6 courses, 15 - 18 credits, varies by department)
  • Technical electives in a concentrated area (2-3 courses, 6 - 9 credits, varies by department)
  • Internship
Core Industry Preparatory Courses

The core industry preparatory courses provide you with the business skills you need to succeed in industry. Business savvy and technical expertise gained in the MEng program will help you understand and work effectively in a corporate climate. The core industry preparatory courses are:

  • Business Fundamentals for Engineers – essentials of intellectual property, marketing, accounting/finance, and business strategies for technology companies
  • Management of High Tech Industries – significant principles of strategic decision making in complex environments, project analysis, intricate investment analysis, and the role of the manager in expertise driven organizations

Read more: core industry prep courses

Departmental Courses

Each engineering discipline has defined a set of requirements for the MEng program designed to give you in-depth technical knowledge of a particular field. Our programs give you flexibility in course selection within your chosen discipline, and the departmental course requirements vary. To learn more, choose your field of interest from those listed in the Disciplines menu on the MEng website.

Technical Electives

Technical elective options give you more opportunity to specialize in your area of interest, and really take advantage of Duke’s leading status in several fields. Specializations like these will distinguish you with potential employers. You will work with a faculty advisor to customize a curriculum that suits you. In some cases, an independent study sponsored by a faculty member may satisfy an elective requirement.

Technical Elective options vary. To learn more, choose your major of interest from those listed in the Disciplines menu on the MEng website.


We require all MEng students to engage in an internship or project to complete the program. The many options available to fulfill this requirement give you a chance to practice what you’re learning, ask questions and hone your skills in a supportive environment. Internships may be paid or unpaid, corporate or governmental. Projects may take the form of applied research positions, provided the learning objectives are met.

Once your project or internship is completed, you will prepare a written and/or oral project report. Individual programs/majors may have additional requirements or exceptions to fulfill the internship component of the program.

Read more: MEng Internship/Project

Career Services

The Duke Career Center provides outstanding career support to its master's students. Our career services include:

  • Academic job search strategy sessions
  • Non-academic job search strategy sessions for industry and governmental positions
  • Resume review and critiques
  • Interview skills training for international students


Master's students are required to enroll in and pay tuition for at least three semesters of full-time study. Rates are subject to change each year. Tuition typically increases by no more than 4 percent per academic year.

Master of Science (MS)

For Master of Science (MS) students, tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $25,740 per semester. To learn more about MS program tuition, fees and other costs of attendance, please see the latest details on The Graduate School's website.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering (MEng) students, tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $25,860 per semester. To learn more about MEng program tuition, fees and other costs of attendance, please see the Master of Engineering (MEng) program website.

Financial Aid

Limited financial aid is available to highly qualified candidates through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within the program. Underrepresented minorities may receive up to 50 percent per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships.


Many master's students obtain educational loans, believing that a Duke master's degree provides an excellent return on their investment.

You may be eligible for federal financial aid offered by William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs. In order to be considered for federal financial aid, which includes federal work study funding, you must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for any need-based loan program along with federal work study.

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