Duke Undergrads 4+1

Duke undergrads can earn a bachelor's degree and a Master of Engineering degree in just five years through Duke's progressive 4+1 Masters program. You get a head start in this accelerated program by taking graduate level courses during your senior year.

Details to Remember

*The transfer of credit requires approval of the Director of Master of Engineering Studies (DMS) for the major of interest and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. AB Duke scholars and other students on a case-by-case basis may be able to allocate up to six courses towards the degree. Graduate courses are listed in the 500s or above. 

When to Apply

When should you apply?  You have three options.

  • Spring of Junior Year for admission in Fall of Senior year
  • Fall of Senior Year for admission in Spring of Senior year
  • Spring of Senior Year for admission in Fall of 5th year

Note that no matter when you apply, you'll remain an undergraduate for four years before becoming an MEng student in the fifth year. That means that you should select your application term based on when you'd like to receive a decision, not on when you'll actually join the MEng program in your 5th year.

Example: If you’d like a decision before you take the classes, apply for the term in which you’ll take them. For example, if you want to take the classes in Spring, you'd apply for Spring admission to hear back by December 1 of your senior year.

Please note

Though admitted to MEng while undergraduates, 4+1 students will remain an undergraduate for four years before becoming an MEng student in the fifth year. Typically, matriculation will occur in summer term 1 after the spring semester of the senior year, and students will complete the internship requirement within 1 year of matriculation. Students will be charged as undergraduates for the first four years and as MEng students for the fifth year. The MEng program charges tuition by semester, and payment by credit is not available in the fifth year.

Generally, Duke won't allow a gap greater than three months between a student's senior year and the transfer of credits from the student's undergraduate program into the MEng program.

In order to complete the program in only one additional year, a 4+1 must complete the required internship the summer between the undergraduate degree and the start of the MEng program. 

The MEng core courses may be available to undergraduates who have been admitted to the 4+1 program on a space available basis. After admission, 4+1 students work with our academic coordinator to receive permission numbers to allow registration for MENG courses while an undergraduate. Not all graduate level courses are available to undergraduates and permission numbers will only be provided for MENG courses. If a 4+1 student desires to take graduate level electives classes that are not available to undergraduates, a 4+1 student should take these courses in the fifth year of study.

Trinity undergraduates may not be able to complete the MEng degree in only one additional year – contact us for more information.

Contact the MEng office for more information.

4+1: Student Perspectives

Rachel Fleming"The 4+1 MEng Program was the perfect opportunity for me to spend one more year on a beautiful campus, earn my Master’s degree, and share my alma mater with MEng peers from around the world. The Civil MEng program allowed me to take my structural engineering education to the next level while gaining an introduction to the business side of the industry. To this day when I speak to prospective Pratt students, I highlight the unique MEng program that Duke has to offer. Everything from graduate student campout to MEMP seminars enhanced my overall Duke experience."

Rachel Fleming
BSE Civil Engineering May 2012
MEng Civil Engineering May 2013
Gilbane Building Company
Durham, North Carolina

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