Program Extension Options

Though the MEM degree can be completed in just one year, students can opt to extend the program to three semesters. This option is open to students starting in the spring or fall, and roughly 60% of our international students choose this option.

Please note that Career Services has found that staying a third semester does not improve a student's chances for employment. Instead, consider extending the program if you

  • would like take fewer courses to leave more time to adjust to the program or for the wide variety of activities that Duke offers.
  • want to take additional courses. Note that additional courses beyond the eight required courses may be charged additional tuition.

If a student would like to extend the program, they must speak to a program administrator so that correct tuition is charged and registration limits are set. Students should also note that tuition increases occur each year in May for the following academic year, so later semesters will be more expensive. 

View a checklist for both the two and three semester options.

Example Curriculum

The curriculum below shows how a student starting in the fall may extend the program to three semesters. Note that students taking fewer than 4 courses in a semester may request payment per unit. Engineering Management courses are typically 3 units. See Tuition information.

Fall Semester 1 Spring Semester Summer Fall Semester 2
EGRMGMT 530 Finance EGRMGMT 540 Management Internship Technical Elective 3
EGRMGMT 510 Marketing EGRMGMT 520 IP, Bus. Law & Entrepreneurship EGRMGMT 550: Engineering Management Internship Technical Elective 4
Technical Elective 1 Technical Elective 2   EGRMGMT 551: Engineering Management Internship Assessment
EGRMGMT 501 MEM Seminar and Workshop Series EGRMGMT 501 MEM Seminar and Workshop Series    


Duke's official schedule of courses to be offered in summer, fall, and spring terms is available online.