Statement of Purpose/Short Answer Essays

The Statement of Purpose or Short Answer Essays should be uploaded into the online application prior to submission. You may submit either for your application.

Statement of Purpose option

Your Statement of Purpose should answer the question, "Why do you want to study engineering management at Duke?" Think about it in two ways: why is this program the right one for you, and why are you right for this program? How will Duke help you meet your future goals?

We don't offer sample statements, and we look forward to hearing your voice in your statement. The document should be one page, single-spaced, in at least a 10-point font with 1-inch margins. Your statement of purpose is your chance to show us that you can communicate effectively and succinctly.

Short Answer Essay Option

You may opt to answer three short essay questions instead of the Statement of Purpose. Each short essay is limited to 750 characters, or roughly 1/3 of a page, so that just like the SOP, it is one page, single-spaced, in at least a 10-point font with 1-inch margins. Again, this is a chance to show us that you can communicate effectively and succinctly.

Short Answer Questions:

1) Why is pursuing a Master in Engineering Management degree from Duke University the appropriate next step for you?

2) What are your post-MEM career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan immediately after earning your MEM degree.

3) Tell us about a time someone criticized your work. How did you respond and what did you learn?