Flexible Degree Options

Available within the Duke Engineering Management Campus Program

Program Flexibility

Part-Time Study

This Duke master's program is available on a part-time basis—about 10 percent of campus-based students choose this option.

To make scheduling easier for part-time students:

  • We consistently offer late-afternoon class meeting times, for elective courses and at least one section of each of four (4) core courses
  • Most courses meet just once per week

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Important Notes

  • If a student does not plan to take any classes for a semester or more, the program requires a leave of absence
  • See Duke's semester listings. Our courses are offered under the registration symbol EGRMGMT
  • Part-time students apply using our standard application

Completing MEM Degree in 2, 3, or 4 Semesters

Duke Master of Engineering Management (MEM) students can choose the to graduate after 2, 3, or 4 semesters based on their career goals and plan. See detailed information below.  Most students elect to complete the program in three (3) semesters.

Please note: There is no evidence that the duration of program affects the chances of employment.

Example Curriculum: 3 Semesters

Fall 1 Spring Summer Fall 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    

Non-Degree Student

Those who do not intend to obtain a degree may take courses as non-degree students.

Non-degree applicants:

  • Should submit an application by June 15
  • Are required to submit all parts of the application, except GRE scores
  • Upon acceptance, may take any course designated EGRMGMT
  • May only apply as many as four (4) EGRMGMT courses toward a future degree

Minimum Pre-Requisite Course Requirements

Math Courses
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III (or Statistics, or another math course beyond Calculus II)
Technical Courses
  • A minimum of two (2) courses in engineering, computer science, mathematical science, or physical science

Dual-Degree and Joint Programs

Duke Environmental Management

In this 60-credit program, students earn both:

Dual-master's students are charged flat tuition during the first two (2) years of study—which is less than studying for each degree separately.

Important Notes

  • Separate applications and admission to each professional school are required
  • Students requiring additional coursework beyond four (4) semesters will incur additional charges
  • Students do not receive either degree until all requirements for both degrees are completed

Sample Schedule





First Year

Engineering Management Internship (6 credits)

  • Engineering Management: Finance
  • Engineering Management: Marketing
  • 2 Environmental Management core courses
  • Engineering Management: Seminar/Workshop
  • Engineering Management: Intellectual Property Law
  • Engineering Management: Management
  • 2 Environmental Management core courses
  • Environmental Management skills/tools course
  • Engineering Management: Seminar/Workshop

Second Year

Environmental Engineering Internship (not required)

  • Engineering Management: Elective
  • 2 Environmental Management courses, in an in-depth area
  • Environmental Management tools/skills course
  • Environmental Management Master’s Project (3 credits)
  • Engineering Management: Elective
  • Environmental Management course, in an in-depth area
  • Environmental Management tools/skills course
  • Environmental Management Master’s Project and Seminar (4 credits)

Third Year

Completion of Environmental Management Master’s Project

Optional semester to:

  • Complete Environmental Management Master’s Project, and
  • Any additional credits needed


Duke MBA

For students who complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke's Fuqua School of Business, the Master of Engineering Management Program will waive three (3) MEM core courses.

This allows Duke MEM-MBA students to receive a Master of Engineering Management by completing:

Prospective students should apply at least one (1) year before completing their Duke MBA.

A separate application to the Duke Master of Engineering Management Program is required.

Duke Master of Science in Global Health

Students in Duke's Master of Science in Global Health may complete a curricular Focus in "Engineering Project Management" by completing specified Duke Master of Engineering Management courses. 

Interested Duke MS-GH students should consult with their academic advisor to learn more.

US Navy Partnership

Course Credits for Nuclear Propulsion Officers

Through a partnership between Duke and the United States Navy, Nuclear Propulsion Program Officers receive credit for their training and service.

They earn a Duke Master of Engineering Management by completing just six (6) courses, instead of the usual eight (8).

Duke will recognize

  • Six (6) hours of technical elective credit (equivalent to two Duke courses) for Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program training
  • Naval service to satisfy the internship and capstone requirements (EGRMGMT 550 and 551)

How to Apply

  1. Contact your commanding officer, and gain approval
  2. Request your commanding officer to submit a Letter of Support as part of the recommendation portion of your online application

Important Notes

  • Upon enrollment, US Navy students must provide a copy of their Joint Services Transcript
  • There may be other miscellaneous required degree components beyond coursework
  • For more information, contact memp@duke.edu

For Current Duke Students

Duke Engineering Undergraduates—4+1: BSE+Master's

Duke undergraduates studying engineering can complete a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) and a Master of Engineering Management in just five (5) years.

4+1: BSE+Master's is an accelerated program in which undergraduates take graduate-level courses during the senior year.

Visit pratt.duke.edu for more information »

Duke Engineering Graduate Students

Duke Master of Science (MS) and PhD students in other academic departments of Duke's Pratt School of Engineering may use up to three (3) graduate engineering courses as technical electives for the Duke Master of Engineering Management (MEM).

Generally, these courses should be taken concurrently with the MEM degree, or within the previous four years.

Through a dual-degree program, a Duke Master of Science or PhD student can receive a Master of Engineering Management as well by completing:

  • The five (5) additional courses
  • An internship
  • A seminar and workshop series
  • Miscellaneous other requirements

Important Notes

  • Separate application and admission to Duke Master of Engineering Management are required
  • Applications should be submitted at least one year before the graduation date of your Duke MS or PhD degree
  • Separate tuition is charged for Duke Engineering Management courses

Other Duke Graduate and Professional Students

Duke graduate and professional students who are not enrolled in the Duke Master of Engineering Management Program may register to enroll in some Engineering Management core courses and technical electives on a space-available basis and with the permission of the instructor.

Instructors will require outside students to have sufficient background for the course. They may also limit enrollment of outside students for any pedagogical reason.

Duke students not in Engineering Management but who wish to take our courses should:

Important Notes

  • Course Registration Permission forms are not processed until all Duke Engineering Management students have had a chance to enroll—outside students may not be added to a course as late as the end of the first week of a semester
  • Outside students will not be added to waiting lists but are added to classes in the order in which they completed their forms
  • Generally, no more than five (5) outside students are allowed to enroll in any one course in any semester
  • These students may not utilize these courses later for a Duke Master of Engineering Management degree

For more information, contact the Duke Master of Engineering Management office.


Please know that students do not “transfer” from other institutions into this Duke master's degree program. Instead, graduate courses taken elsewhere may fill Duke's core required courses. But, permission is required. Also, all students are required to take eight (8) courses at Duke.

Shady Elbassiouny“As a Duke Engineering Management student, I had the freedom to choose courses from other Duke graduate and professional schools. This flexibility was one of the most important aspects for me.”

Shady Elbassiouny '19 | Business Development, Tyrata, Inc.