Short Answer Essays

Short essay questions are required, and you'll post your response in the application form. All responses should be on 1 page (do not submit multiple pages).

Short Answer Questions (click to expand)

AI for Product Innovation

  • What are some of the ways that AI / Machine Learning are creating new opportunities within your organization and/or industry?
  • Please tell us about your motivation for applying to the AI for Product Innovation graduate program – what do you hope to get out of the experience?
  • If you could apply AI to build anything to solve a significant problem in the world, what problem would you choose to solve and what might you build?

Biomedical Engineering

  • Why are you applying for the MEng program in biomedical engineering at Duke University?
  • How will the MEng program help you to achieve the next goal?
  • Which specific areas do you plan to focus on in the MEng program?

Civil Engineering

  • What is your definition of personal success? 
  • How do you think the Master’s program at Duke University will help you on the path to success as you define it?

Computational Mechanics & Scientific Computing

  • What is your definition of personal success? 
  • How do you think the Master’s program at Duke University will help you on the path to success as you define it?

Cybersecurity

  • What academic or non-academic activity, not in your resume/CV, sets you apart from other Cybersecurity applicants?
  • Collaboration is very important, tell us about a time that a group project failed and what you learned?
  • What do you feel is the most pressing Cybersecurity opportunity?  How do you see yourself addressing this?

Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Why do you want to study engineering at Duke?
  • Why is the program right for you, and why are you right for the program?
  • How will Duke help you meet your future goals?

Environmental Engineering

  • What is your definition of personal success? 
  • How do you think the Master’s program at Duke University will help you on the path to success as you define it?

Financial Technology

  • What academic or non-academic activity, not in your resume/CV, sets you apart from other FinTech applicants?
  • What was the most complicated thing you’ve ever designed/built, either physical or virtual?  Please include details.
  • What do you feel is the most pressing FinTech need or opportunity?  How do you see yourself addressing this?

Materials Science & Engineering

  • What was the most complicated thing you’ve ever designed/built, either physical or virtual?  Please include describe it here and include a link to an online portfolio of your work or a well-labeled graphic as part of the response.
  • What do you feel are important engineering problems for you to solve? Why?
  • What is your definition of personal success?  How do you think Duke’s program can help you on the path to success as you define it?

Mechanical Engineering

  • What was the most complicated thing you’ve ever designed/built, either physical or virtual?  Please include describe it here and include a link to an online portfolio of your work or a well-labeled graphic as part of the response.
  • What do you feel are important engineering problems for you to solve? Why?
  • What is your definition of personal success?  How do you think Duke’s program can help you on the path to success as you define it?

Photonics & Optical Sciences

  • Why do you want to study engineering at Duke?
  • Why is the program right for you, and why are you right for the program?
  • How will Duke help you meet your future goals?

Risk Engineering

  • What is your definition of personal success? 
  • How do you think the Master’s program at Duke University will help you on the path to success as you define it?