MEng in Photonics and Optical Sciences

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Duke’s Master of Engineering (MEng) in Photonics and Optical Sciences is an alternative to a traditional master of science program that will deepen your understanding of technology and help you develop the business leadership and management expertise you need to succeed in your career. In the Master of Engineering program, you take specialized technical classes and a core of business leadership and management courses, with a required internship or a project completing the degree.

Through Duke's Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics (FIP), researchers are making strides across many areas of photonics and optical science.  These include making scalable quantum computing a reality, helping doctors do a better job of eradicating cancer, and developing the next generation of high throughput imaging systems. The research of the FIP faculty is reflected in the classes we offer through our Master of Engineering in Photonics and Optical Sciences. MEng students train with the very best people in the optics field and pair that classroom experience with an understanding of core business principles. Our graduates have the technical savvy to move discoveries forward and the business skills to shepherd important advances to realization.

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The exceptional opportunities established through the Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics (FIP), the Corporate Partnership Program, and the Carolinas Photonics Consortium, make Duke a great choice for graduate studies in photonics and optical sciences.

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MEng students will complete the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and Internship, three technical electives, two of which will be selected from similar areas of concentration, and Departmental Requirements including:

  • An advanced mathematics course
  • Two Optics/Photonics courses
  • One technical optics/photonics course from the BME department and one from the ECE department


The Carolinas Photonics Consortium (CPC) is the largest concentration of photonics-based resources in the country. The commercial opportunities for bringing technology into the service of society provides a natural resource for M. Eng. students as they learn to manage technology knowledge with business realities so that they may open paths yet untapped for the Photonics and Optical Sciences fields.

The Corporate Partnership Program (CPP) actively encourages collaboration of faculty with corporate partners and promotes technology transfer for regional economic development. The impact on students reaches beyond the faculty relationships to networking opportunities, as well as potential project sources for the MEng internship requirement.