MEng Courses and Curriculum

FCIEMAS Schiciano AuditoriumMaster of Engineering students in all disciplines must complete 30 credits comprised of key program elements as follows:

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

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

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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.

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.


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.

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