Duke BSE and MEM: 4+1

Duke undergrads can earn a bachelor's degree and a Master of Engineering Management  (MEM) degree in as little as 4.5 to 5 years through Duke's progressive 4+1 Master's program. Students who are admitted as undergradutes get a head start in this accelerated program by taking graduate level courses during their senior year.

Details to Remember

  • You can allocate four graduate courses* taken in your senior year toward your MEM degree requirements using the Pratt Credit Transfer form. This form is to be filed after you have been awarded your undergraduate degree. Transferred courses must fulfill MEM degree requirements. Note: Only the credits transfer, the grade remains on your undergraduate transcript and is part of your undergraduate GPA.
  • You need to earn at least a B in each graduate level course for it to count toward your MEM degree.
  • Graduate courses used for your MEM degree cannot be used for your undergraduate degree.
  • In order for students admitted as undergraduates to complete the program in only one additional year, you must complete the required internship the summer between your undergraduate degree and the start of your master's program at Duke. 
  • 4+1 students admitted during the undergraduate program may defer admission for up to three years. Any Duke alumnus may apply for 4+1 up to five years after graduating from Duke's undergraduate program. Students may request to transfer their admission to the Master of Engineering Management Online program.

*The transfer of credit requires approval of the Executive Director of the MEMP and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. Graduate courses are listed in the 500s or above.

When to Apply

Early Admission for Undergraduates

If you're an undergraduate, when should you apply?  You have three options.

  • Spring of Junior Year for admission in Fall of Senior year
  • Fall of Senior Year for admission in Spring of Senior year
  • Spring of Senior Year for admission in Fall of 5th year

Note that no matter when you apply, you'll remain an undergraduate for four years before becoming an MEM program student in the fifth year. That means that you should select your application term based on when you'd like to take MEM (EGRMGMT) courses you plan to transfer, not on when you'll actually join the MEM program in your 5th year.

Example: You must be admitted before you take the EGRMGMT classes, so apply for the term in which you’d like to take them. For example, if you want to take EGRMGMT classes in Spring, you'd apply for Spring admission to hear back by December 1 of your senior year.

Admission for Alumni

If you're a Duke alumnus, you may apply for 4+1 admission up to five years after graduating from Duke's undergraduate program.

Please note

  • 4+1 students admitted to the MEM program while undergraduates remain an undergraduate for four years before becoming an MEM student in the fifth year. Typically, matriculation occurs in summer term 1 after the spring semester of the senior year, and students will complete the internship requirement within 1 year of matriculation. Students will be charged as undergraduates for the first four years and as MEM students for the fifth year.
  • All 4+1s should submit paperwork for the transfer of credits from the student's undergraduate program into the MEM program within the first semester of starting the program.
  • In order to complete the program in only one additional year after being admitted as an undergraduate, a 4+1 must complete the required internship the summer between the undergraduate degree and the start of the MEM program. Alumni who are admitted may usually use work experience in lieu of the internship.
  • The MEM (EGRMGMT) courses are not typically available to undergraduates. After admission, undergraduate 4+1 students work with our academic coordinator to receive permission numbers to allow registration for EGRMGMT courses while an undergraduate. Not all graduate level courses are available to undergraduates and permission numbers will only be provided for EGRMGMT courses.  If a 4+1 undergraduate student desires to take graduate level electives classes that are not available to undergraduates, a 4+1 student should take these courses in the fifth year of study.

Contact the MEM Office for more information.

4+1 Student Feedback

Hunter Roux"It takes so much more to run a business than just the products behind it. While my engineering degree gave my skill set depth, I realized that lacked breadth. I chose the Master of Engineering Management program to broaden my skills and become the well rounded individual that employers look for. Through MEM, I feel more prepared for the working world, more confident that I can succeed, and that I have expanded the opportunities before me."

Hunter Roux
BSE Mechanical Engineering, May 2013
MEM, May 2014

Don Husa"Through MEM, I'm gaining valuable skills and knowledge not taught in a standard undergraduate engineering curriculum. I now have a better understanding of business principles and how they relate to engineering. I intend to use what I learn in the program to add greater value to my future jobs."

Don Husa
BSE Electrical & Computer Engineering, BS Computer Science, May 2013
MEM, May 2014

James Risman“I studied Civil Engineering as an undergraduate, but found through internships that I was interested in Project Management and Real Estate Development. I felt my undergraduate degree covered a number of the skill sets I needed to pursue a career in that industry, but I knew there would be a gap when I first started. The MEM program helps me bridge that gap. It’s perfect for someone with a technical degree who wants to pursue a leadership and managerial role in a related field.”

James Tucker Risman
BSE Civil Engineering, Structural Concentration, May 2014
MEM December 2014


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