Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Campus Master of Engineering Programs

Tuition

In General

Tuition for campus-based Duke Master of Engineering programs for the 2021-2022 academic year is $29,088 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 $87,264. Internship courses do not incur tuition charges.

AI for Product Innovation

Tuition for the Master of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence for Product Innovation over two semesters and a summer session would result in a total tuition cost of $66,902.40. The internship course does not incur tuition charges.

2021-2022 Campus Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Expenses

For one year of study

Tuition $58,176

($29,088/semester)*

Health Fee $858*
Health Insurance $3,750**
Graduate Student Activity Fee $37
Graduate Student Services Fee $20*
Transcript Fee $120*
Recreation Fee

$342

Room $10,548
Board $3,375
Books $632
Transportation and Misc. $5,337

TOTAL

$83,195
Notes

* Tuition, fees, and estimates subject to confirmation each May. Program in Artificial Intelligence for Product Development varies. 

** Required unless you can show proof of comparable private insurance coverage.

Also:

  • Domestic students can estimate $517 in loan fees per semester, if securing student loans
  • Internship courses do not incur tuition charges
  • There is no charge for registration for students in the Master of Engineering program

Normal Program Duration

The normal program duration is one and one-half years of study (3 semesters) for all programs, except Artificial Intelligence for Product Innovation.

The duration of the Artificial Intelligence for Product Innovation program is one year of study (2 semesters and a summer session).

The normal load is 4 courses (12 units) per semester in the first year.

Cost of Living

The cost of living is estimated for 2021-2022 academic year. The actual cost of living depends on individual lifestyle. Cost may also differ for international students.

Transcript Fee

All entering students will be charged in the fall semester a one-time mandatory fee of $120* for transcripts. This fee entitles the student to an unlimited number of Duke transcripts.

Student Health Fee

All students are assessed a fee each semester for the use of the Student Health Service.  The fee is estimated $429* per semester and is distinct from the health insurance; it does not provide major medical coverage.

Health Insurance

Students will be charged for health insurance in the fall semester, unless proof of other health insurance is provided. For 2021-2022, the Student Health Insurance is estimated to be $3,750*. Information on the coverage provided by this insurance is available from the Office of the Bursar.

Graduate Student Activity Fee

All graduate students will be charged a student activity fee per semester. 

Graduate Student Services Fee

All graduate students will be charged a fee to support Graduate student services.

Recreation Fee

All graduate students will be charged a recreation fee per semester for the use of on-campus facilities.

Audit Fees

Auditors are permitted on a space-available basis with the consent of the instructor. Students who pay by semester can audit courses at no additional cost. Students who pay by unit/course must pay a fee to audit courses. Note that some Physical Education courses may incur additional fees even if the student is auditing at no cost.

Vehicle Fee

Students should contact Duke University Parking and Transporation for details.

Payment of Accounts

The Office of the Bursar will issue invoices to registered students for tuition, fees, and other charges approximately four to six weeks prior to the beginning of classes each semester. The total amount due on the invoice is payable by the invoice late payment date which is normally one week prior to the beginning of classes. A student is required to pay all invoices as presented and will be in default if the total amount is not paid in full by the due date. A student in default will not be allowed to receive a transcript of academic records or receive a diploma at graduation. Contact the Office of Bursar for information regarding:

  • Monthly Payment Option
  • Late Payment Charge
  • Refunds for Withdrawal from School during fall and spring semesters

Online Master of Engineering Programs

Tuition for online Duke Master of Engineering programs for the 2021-2022 academic year is $8,726.50 per course taken at the university.

In general, completion of the 30 required credits over five semesters would result in a total tuition cost of $87,265. Please note that the internship courses do not incur tuition charges.

2021-2022 Online Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Expenses

Tuition

$87,265

($17,453 per semester) *

Transcript Fee $120 *
Residency Fee

$3,600

($1,200/residency)

Books $632 *
TOTAL $91,617
Notes

* Students typically take 2 courses per semester. Tuition, fees, and estimates subject to confirmation each May.

Also:

  • Domestic students can estimate $108 in loan fees per semester if securing student loans
  • No tuition is charged for course credits received for internship, internship assessment, or residency courses. There is a room and board fee associated with residency.
  • There is no charge for registration for students in Duke Master of Engineering programs

Transcript Fee

All entering students will be charged in the first semester a one-time mandatory fee of $120 for transcripts. This fee entitles the student to an unlimited number of Duke transcripts.

Transportation and Parking

Online Master of Engineering students will be responsible for arranging their own travel to Duke, but transportation and parking will be provided once on campus.

Payment of Accounts

The Office of the Bursar will issue invoices to registered students for tuition, fees, and other charges approximately four to six weeks prior to the beginning of classes each semester.  The total amount due on the invoice is payable by the invoice late payment date which is normally one week prior to the beginning of classes.  A student is required to pay all invoices as presented and will be in default if the total amount is not paid in full by the due date.  A student in default will not be allowed to receive a transcript of academic records or receive a diploma at graduation. Contact the Office of the Bursar for information on the following:

  • Monthly Payment Option
  • Late Payment Charge
  • Refunds for Withdrawal from School during fall and spring semesters

Online Certificate Programs

Tuition

Tuition for stand-alone online certificate programs in Business Foundations for Engineers and AI Foundations for Product Innovation in the 2021-2022 academic year is $7,365 per course.

There are two semesters per academic year. Students typically take one course per semester. At current rates, completion of  the four required courses to earn a stand-alone online certificate would result in a total tuition cost of $29,460.

Transcript Fee

All entering students will be charged in the first semester a one-time mandatory fee of $120 for transcripts. This fee entitles the student to an unlimited number of Duke transcripts.

Not Eligible for VA Benefits or Federal Student Aid

These stand-alone online certificate programs are not currently eligible for VA benefits or federal student aid. Please check back for updates.

Important Note for International Applicants

Please Note: These stand-alone online certificate programs do NOT qualify students for U.S. visa sponsorship.

Gainful Employment Disclosures*

Program Length

  • Typically 2 years for Business Foundations for Engineers Certificate, assuming 1 course per semester
  • Typically 15 months for AI Foundations for Product Innovation Certificate (1 course per semester, including summer)

Program Costs

The amounts shown below include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. There may be additional costs for living expenses. Note that this information is subject to change:

Tuition $7,265 per 3-credit class, and a total of $29,460 for the certificate **
Transcript Fee $120 **
Books $316
TOTAL $29,896

Notes

** Duke may change its tuition for each academic year and this estimate is based on current academic year tuition charges.

Student Loans

  • Information about average student debt, monthly debt expense and debt interest rate have been withheld since fewer than 10 students have completed this program

Job Placement Rates

  • We are not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers
  • Program graduates are employed in the following fields:
    • Information Technology
    • Manufacturing
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
  • The program does not meet any licensing requirements
  • Additional Information: Date Created 3/15/2021

* These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education


Financial Aid

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Academic Scholarships

Financial aid is available to highly qualified candidates for the Master of Engineering (MEng) through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within our master's degree programs.

Selected students, who by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the university, may receive up to 50 percent per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships. Additionally, up to $10,000 per year may be allocated for the student to gain experience in a research setting under the direction of a principal investigator (PI).

Competitively Awarded Fellowships

The Pratt School of Engineering encourages our graduate students to apply for competitively awarded research fellowships.

In addition to extra training, resources and career-building opportunities, a fellowship identifies as a student as top scholar, and bestows a measure of honor and recognition.

Loans

Duke University Graduate School financial aid packages for domestic master students are limited to the federal financial aid offered by Direct Lending Federal Loan Programs

In order to be considered for federal financial aid which includes federal work study funding; you must complete the FAFSA application.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required for any need based loan program along with federal work study.  Below is one of the basic eligibility requirements to receive federal student aid: 

  • Be a United States Citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • If you have a “green card” (in other words, if you are a permanent resident alien), you will be considered an “eligible noncitizen” and will be able to get federal student aid if you meet the  other basic eligibility criteria. 

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please continue to fafsa.ed.gov.  You will need to file the 2021/2022 FAFSA and have your completed tax returns for 2019.  Graduate Students are considered independent therefore, NO parental income or information should be entered on the FAFSA.  Our school code is 002920.

Visit the Duke Financial Aid website for more information on application procedures for student loans.

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

Campus Programs Only

While enrolled in the campus 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.

Veterans Education Benefits

Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program. Veterans who are applying for VA benefits to participate in one of Duke’s Master of Engineering programs should list “Master of Engineering” as the title of their program on the application, rather than the specific department/program MEng in which they are participating.