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Business Foundations for Engineers Graduate Certificate

A 4-course online program ideal for working professionals

Earn a Duke credential by completing four online courses—without the commitment required of traditional degree programs.

Apply your new knowledge right away—what you learn from Duke on Friday you can apply at work on Monday.

As an online Duke Engineering student, you'll receive:

  • Access to an outstanding faculty and individualized course advising
  • Engagement with peers from around the world
  • With successful completion, the option to apply your credits to the Duke MEM Online master's degree


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510: Marketing

This course examines core concepts in marketing and marketing-oriented management. It develops competence in the use of modern marketing techniques and their application in the design, development, and commercialization of new products and services in rapidly changing markets. The class combines lecture and cases, many of which focus on technology-based products and services. Students learn the frameworks for analyzing market opportunities and product potential. Other topics include consumer behavior, product management, pricing strategies, direct and online selling, branding, channel management, and promotions. 3 credits. (Fall Semester)

520: Intellectual Property, Business Law, and Entrepreneurship

Intellectual Property, Business Law, and Entrepreneurship provide students with the legal and fundamentals to protect their business ventures and intellectual property. The course is divided into three modules. The first module focuses on the implication of decisions made at the formation of business ventures. The second module focuses on the patent process in which students write their own patents. The third module focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Other topics include principle-agent relations, governance of small companies, mergers and acquisitions, contract law, patents in foreign countries, and corporate take-overs. 3 credits. (Spring Semester)

530: Finance in High-Tech Industries

Review basic concepts of financial accounting and finance, with an emphasis on accounting needed for effective financial analysis. Focus on issues of finance in high tech industries. Emphases will include project financing, notions of options as applied to internal financial analysis, allocation of costs and revenues for new high tech projects, valuing projects and valuing firms when intellectual assets are a significant portion of total level value; corporate control in high tech firms. Finance issues in mergers, acquisitions, and alliances. 3 credits. (Fall Semester)

540: Management of High-Tech Industries

Management of High Tech Industries is a case-based course that focuses on managerial decision making and organization building. With an emphasis on professional service firms and high tech companies, students learn the skills to coordinate and leverage human capital. Tactical, operational, and strategic leadership is explored. Other topics include entrepreneurial decision making, performance measures, managerial control, product strategies, management of strategic change, and competitive analysis. 3 credits. (Spring Semester)

Top-Flight Duke Faculty

LaTondra Murray

La Tondra Murray

Director, Online and Distance Education
Software engineer and former technical manager for IBM.

Kathie Amato

Kathie Amato

Marketing Faculty
Marketing expert with a background in higher education, publishing and entrepreneurship.

Theodore Ryan

Theodore Ryan

Management Faculty
Management consultant whose client list includes Fortune 100 companies.

Certificate Program Details

Admissions Policies and Practices

The certificate program is open to all qualified applicants worldwide.

Students who have passed Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Statistics, or other math courses beyond Calculus II among other technical electives during their undergraduate coursework, will be best prepared for the academic rigor of the certificate program.

Applications are accepted for the certificate program for both the fall and spring semesters.

Admission to the Business Foundations for Engineers Graduate Certificate Program requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution (transcripts required, including an estimated GPA and a grade scale)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Résumé
  • Two recommendations
  • English Language Testing (TOEFL or IELTS): official results required—international applicants only
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $75 USD to be paid via credit card or via check made out to Duke University
  • An interview

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Program Costs

The amounts shown below include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. There may be additional costs for living expenses. Note that this information is subject to change:

Tuition $7,265 per 3-credit class, and a total of $29,460 for the certificate **
Transcript Fee $120 **
Books $316
TOTAL $29,896


** Duke may change its tuition for each academic year and this estimate is based on current academic year tuition charges.

Applying the Certificate to the Duke Master of Engineering Management Online Program

Students who enroll and successfully complete the certificate requirements will have the option to subsequently apply for the Master of Engineering Management Online Program (Duke MEM Online) within four years and use their certificate courses (12.0 course credits) toward the degree (30.0 course credits) as long as they earn a grade of B or better in each class.

Certificate holders who apply to Duke MEM Online will additionally be required to provide GRE scores.

Applicants who are accepted will then need to complete the remaining requirements for the degree, typically, four electives, two internship courses, and three on-campus residencies in Durham, NC.

This is not an offer of preferential admission, and there is no guarantee of admission.

Not Eligible for VA Benefits or Federal Student Aid

This standalone online certificate program is currently not yet eligible for VA benefits or federal student aid. Please check back for updates.

Important Note for International Applicants

Please Note: This standalone online certificate program does NOT qualify students for U.S. visa sponsorship.

Gainful Employment Disclosures*

Program Length

  • Typically 2 years, assuming 1 course per semester

Student Loans

  • Information about average student debt, monthly debt expense and debt interest rate have been withheld since fewer than 10 students have completed this program

Job Placement Rates

  • We are not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers
  • Program graduates are employed in the following fields:
    • Information Technology
    • Manufacturing
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
  • The program does not meet any licensing requirements
  • Additional Information: Date Created 3/15/2021

* These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education

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The Duke Master of Engineering Management Online program (Duke MEM Online) was previously known as the Distributed Master of Engineering Management program (d-MEMP).