Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Officers

Since 2005, Duke and the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program have partnered to enroll nuclear-trained Navy officers in the Master of Engineering Management Program.

Though this partnership, selected Navy Officers

  • receive 6 hours of technical elective credit (equal to two courses) for their Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program training
  • use their Naval service as the basis of internship/capstone credit (EGRMGMT 550 and 551)

Therefore, these officers complete 6 classes (instead of the usual 8) and other required degree components. To complete Duke's master's degree in Engineering Management, Naval Officers complete 30 credits:

  • Four core management courses (12 credits)
  • Two technical elective courses (6 credits)
  • Two technical elective courses credit: Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program training (6 credits)
  • Campus Seminar & Workshop Series (two semesters, 0 credits) OR Online Three Residencies: Orientation, Mid-Program, and Capstone (0 credits)
  • Naval Service as basis of Internship, written project summary, oral presentation (6 credits)


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Interested officers should contact their commanding officer in order to discuss the program and gain approval. The commanding officer should submit a letter of support via our recommendation system in our online application.

Officers apply using our standard application.

Upon enrollment, students must provide a copy of their Joint Services Transcript to our academic coordinator who will work on the student’s behalf to ensure all transfer credits appear on the student’s transcript.

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Student Impressions of the Navy Nuclear Power Agreement



Tony Ardito, 2013 Graduate of the Campus Program

The Masters of Engineering Management Program at Duke University provided an excellent opportunity to achieve graduate education during my time as an NROTC instructor. The program honors Navy Nuclear Power School and Prototype Training as credit towards the graduation requirements, which assisted my degree completion during my tour at Duke. With the flexibility of the program and the help of the staff, I was able to balance work, school, and family. I had the unique opportunity to step outside of my normal military routine and experience a high caliber academic environment and an amazing network of classmates. One of the best takeaways was the opportunity to hear from industry professionals about their real life experiences and how to best prepare for life after Duke. This program was a perfect fit for me and will benefit my career goals in the future as an effective leader and manager.

Ardito leads a NROTC course at Duke.

David Legault, 2012 Graduate of the Campus Program

The Duke MEM Program is a perfect fit for those who have gone through the Navy Nuclear Program and are seeking a graduate degree that builds on their prior military leadership experience. The program offered me the flexibility I needed to complete my master's degree while still working full-time as a Naval ROTC instructor on campus.

The best part about the program was having the opportunity to work with an incredible group of students--all with different backgrounds and from varying parts of the globe--and to learn from their vast array of experience.

Since completing the MEM Program, I have transitioned out of the Navy and into the oil and gas industry as an engineer and have found the coursework I learned at Duke to be immensely helpful for my current job.

Legault (far left) served as one of two advisors for the NROTC class of 2011 at Duke.

Ron Gramlisch, 2008 Graduate of the Campus Program

When I received orders to a nearby university as an adjunct assistant professor of Naval Science, I had to make a tough choice between an MBA and Duke’s Master of Engineering Management Program’s campus option. Due to the classification level of the material taught at Navy Nuclear Power School, there are few schools with a Navy Nuclear agreement, and the Navy Nuclear agreement sets Duke apart from many other universities.

For me, the highlights of the MEM Program’s campus option were: working with groups of people with greatly diverse backgrounds, cultures and life experiences; attending guest speaker seminars; and, of course, UNC-Duke basketball games.

I continue to use the tools I learned in the program in my current job as a deputy director of current operations at Joint Special Operations Command, and I am sure the same will be true as I transition back to the civilian world next year. Duke is a very beautiful military-friendly campus, and anyone choosing this program will have no regrets.

Gramlisch (second from left) participated in the finals of the Licensing Executive Society Business Plan Competition  as part of EGRMGMT 590.XX: Intellectual Asset Management.