Campus Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Duke Master of Engineering Management campus program tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $29,460* per semester taken at the university. In general, completion of the eight required program courses would result in a total tuition cost of $58,920*.

*Tentative pending Board of Trustees approval

Starting in Fall 2020, all new full-time, campus students pay two semesters of tuition and fees. Students extending the program to three semesters pay no tuition in the third semester, but are responsible for any student fees. Students who then extend the program to four semesters will pay by course unit in the fourth semester, including all student fees.

Part-time campus students pay by course unit throughout the program.

Please note that course credits earned through the internship requirement do not incur tuition charges.

2021-2022 Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Expenses for two semesters of study

Tuition $58,920 ($29,460/semester)*
Health Fee $858*
Health Insurance $3,750**
Graduate Student Activity Fee $37
Graduate Student Services Fee $20*
Transcript Fee $120*
Recreation Fee $342
Room $10,548
Board $3,375
Books $632
Transportation and Misc. $5,337
TOTAL $83,939

*Tuition, fees, and estimates subject to confirmation each May.

** Required unless you can show proof of comparable private insurance coverage.

Domestic students can estimate $905 in loan fees per semester if securing student loans.

The normal program duration is one year of study (2 semesters).

The normal load is 4 courses (12 units) per semester.

No tuition is charged for the 2 courses (6 units) received for the summer internship and internship assessment courses, or for the seminar and workshop series.

There is no charge for Registration for students in the MEM program.

Cost of Living

The cost of living is estimated for 2021-2022 academic year. The actual cost of living depends on individual lifestyle. Cost may also differ for international students.


Tuition is charged on a per semester basis. The tuition per semester for 2021-2022 is $29,460.

Transcript Fee

All entering students will be charged in the fall semester a one-time mandatory fee of $120* for transcripts. This fee entitles the student to an unlimited number of Duke transcripts.

Student Health Fee

All students are assessed a fee each semester for the use of the Student Health Service.  The fee is estimated $429* per semester and is distinct from the health insurance; it does not provide major medical coverage.

Health Insurance

Students will be charged for health insurance in the fall semester, unless proof of other health insurance is provided. For 2021-2022, the Student Health Insurance is estimated to be $3,750*. Information on the coverage provided by this insurance is available from the Office of the Bursar.

Graduate Student Activity Fee

All graduate students will be charged a student activity fee per semester.

Graduate Student Services Fee

All graduate students will be charged a fee to support Graduate student services.

Recreation Fee

All graduate students will be charged a recreation fee per semester for the use of on-campus facilities.

Audit Fees

Auditors are permitted on a space-available basis with the consent of the instructor. Students who pay by semester can audit courses at no additional cost. Students who pay by unit/course must pay a fee to audit courses. Note that some Physical Education courses may incur additional fees even if the student is auditing at no cost.

Vehicle Fee

Students should contact the University Parking Services Office (919-684-7275) regarding parking.

Payment of Accounts

The Office of the Bursar will issue invoices to registered students for tuition, fees, and other charges approximately four to six weeks prior to the beginning of classes each semester. The total amount due on the invoice is payable by the invoice late payment date which is normally one week prior to the beginning of classes. A student is required to pay all invoices as presented and will be in default if the total amount is not paid in full by the due date. A student in default will not be allowed to receive a transcript of academic records or receive a diploma at graduation. Inquire at the Bursar’s Office (919) 684-3531, for information on the following: Monthly Payment Option; Late Payment Charge; Refunds for Withdrawal from School during fall and spring semesters.


Financial Aid

Because the Master of Engineering Management Program is a professional degree rather than a research degree, most students pay their own tuition costs. We offer information on the most common financial aid resources available. The Pratt School of Engineering's Policies and Procedures Manual for Financial Aid can be downloaded here.


Duke University Graduate School financial aid packages for domestic master students are limited to the federal financial aid offered by Direct Lending Federal Loan Programs

In order to be considered for federal financial aid which includes federal work study funding; you must complete the FAFSA application.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required for any need based loan program along with federal work study.  Below is one of the basic eligibility requirements to receive federal student aid: 

  • Be a United States Citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • If you have a “green card” (in other words, if you are a permanent resident alien), you will be considered an “eligible noncitizen” and will be able to get federal student aid if you meet the  other basic eligibility criteria. 

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please continue to  You will need to file the 2021/2022 FAFSA and have your completed tax returns for 2019.  Graduate Students are considered independent therefore, NO parental income or information should be entered on the FAFSA.  Our school code is 002920.

Visit the Duke Financial Aid website for more information on application procedures for student loans.

Duke University maintains information on lenders for citizens, permanent residents, and non-US citizens - see this information here.

Students awarded Federal loans must make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree. Guidelines may be found here.


The Duke Master of Engineering Management Program has limited financial assistance available through the following fellowships for US Citizens and Permanent Residents:

Fellowships for Underrepresented Students

Selected students, who by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the university, may receive up to 50% per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships. Recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents. Selection will be determined based on information submitted through the Duke Master of Engineering Management application, including demonstrated leadership, GPA and GRE scores.

Wilkinson and Garda Fellowships for Outstanding Students

The Wilkinson and Garda Fellowships offer a tuition fellowship of $10,000 to two selected students with outstanding undergraduate records. Recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents, and selection will be determined based on information submitted through the Duke Master of Engineering Management application, including demonstrated leadership, GPA and GRE scores.

DoD SMART Scholarship Program

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Read more...

VA Benefits

Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for VA benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.

External Funding Opportunities

Duke has a long history of supporting the Fulbright and other select competitively externally funded scholarships.

In addition, we have compiled a list of external funding opportunities.

On-Campus Work

While enrolled in the program, many students work in a variety of places, such as campus libraries, the Duke Master of Engineering Management department, and various departments within Duke University. Teaching assistantships are available in various departments, and some departments have research assistantships as well. These positions are paid an hourly rate, and most students work between 10 to 20 hours per week. Positions are generally posted and filled just a week or two before classes begin each semester.

Students have also served as Resident Assistants on campus. Read more about this option.

The GEM Fellowship

Though Duke’s Graduate School appears on a list of schools honoring the GEM fellowship, the Duke Master of Engineering Management Program is not part of the Graduate School. Instead, it is a professional program offered by the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and is not eligible for the GEM fellowship, particularly because of the expectation that “the majority of the tuition and fees are covered by the GEM University.” Our limited financial aid does not allow us to meet this expectation.