Tuition and Financial Aid


Program tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $27,970 per semester taken at the university. In general, completion of the 30 required credits over three semesters would result in a total tuition cost of $83,910. Please note that the internship courses do not incur tuition charges.

Download 2019-2020 Program Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Expenses.

Financial Aid

The Pratt School of Engineering's Policies and Procedures Manual for Financial Aid can be downloaded here. 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% per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships.  

We also offer support to recipients of select competitively externally funded scholarships, such as

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowships
  • Fulbright Scholar Program


Because the Master of Engineering Program is a professional degree rather than a research degree, most students pay their own tuition costs. Many students take out loans and feel there will be an excellent "return on investment" when they get out into the work force.

US citizens and eligible non-citizens are able to borrow through the Federal Stafford Loan Program. Applicants for assistance through this program must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be completed online at When completing the online form, students will be asked for Duke’s school code; it is 002920.

Maximum eligibility under the Stafford Unsubsidized Loan Program is $20,500 per year. For further information on the FAFSA and the Stafford Loan Program, please call 1-800-433-3243.

International applicants are not eligible for Federal loans; however, many international students take out loans in their home countries, and some US banks may offer loans to international students for study in the US. 

Duke University maintains information on lenders for citizens, permanent residents, and non-US citizens - see this information here.

Students awarded Federal loans must make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree. Guidelines may be found here.

On-Campus Work

While enrolled in the program, many students work in a variety of places, such as campus libraries and various departments within Duke University. Teaching assistantships are available in various departments, and some departments have research assistantships as well.

These positions are paid an hourly rate, and most students work between 10 to 20 hours per week. Positions are generally posted and filled just a week or two before classes begin each semester.

DoD SMART Scholarship Program

(US Citizens only)

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.  Read more...

VA Benefits

Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for VA benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.

External Funding Opportunities

We have compiled a list of external funding opportunities.