Tuition and Financial Aid
Duke MEM Online tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $7,365 per course taken at the university. Students generally take two courses per semester over four semesters, though we offer flexibility to those who want to extend the program.
In general, completion of the eight required program courses would result in a total tuition cost of $58,920. Please note that course credits earned through the internship requirement do not incur tuition charges.
2021-2022 Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Expenses
|Tuition||$58,920 ($14,730 per semester)*|
|Residency Fee||$3,600 ($1,200/residency)|
*Students typically take 2 courses per semester. Tuition, fees, and estimates subject to confirmation each May.
Domestic students can estimate $108 in loan fees per semester if securing student loans.
The expected course load for online students is 2 courses (6 units) per semester and the expected program duration is 4 semesters. Students taking fewer than 2 courses (6 units) may pay $2,455 per unit.
No tuition is charged for course credits received for an internship, internship assessment, or residency courses. There is a room and board fee associated with residency.
There is no charge for course registration.
Tuition is charged on a per-semester basis, based on two (2) courses per semester. The tuition per semester for 2021-2022 is $14,730.
All entering students will be charged in the first semester a one-time mandatory fee of $120 for transcripts. This fee entitles the student to an unlimited number of Duke transcripts.
Transportation and Parking
Online MEMP students will be responsible for arranging their own travel to Duke for the three required residencies. Once on campus, parking and local transportation will be provided.
Payment of Accounts
The Duke Bursar's Office issues invoices each semester to registered students four to six weeks before the start of classes. The total due is payable by the invoice late payment date, which is typically a week prior to the start 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.
For more information about monthly payment options and more, contact the Duke Bursar’s Office:
Financial Aid and Employer Support
Because the Master of Engineering Management Program is a professional degree rather than a research degree, most students pay their own tuition costs and look to other sources.
Duke MEM Online students should consider these additional options:
- Gaining employer support
- Veterans benefits
Gaining Employer Support
You’ll gain the most from your Duke education if your company supports you. Here is advice on how to gain that support.
Obtaining approval will probably take longer than you expect, so allow plenty of time.
You will be most successful if you demonstrate motivation, plan a career path within your company, and identify skills and knowledge you need to assume more responsibility at work. Anticipate objections and concerns that you may face, such as:
- How will you manage time away from the office?
- How will costs be paid?
- How will you continue to excel on the job?
- Why does Duke MEM Online offer greater value than other master's degree programs?
Do Your Homework
Research your company’s education policy and approval process. Find out when you should present your request.
For many organizations, the ideal time is before annual budgets are set.
Talk to Others
Speak to colleagues who earned degrees while working. Ask them how their degrees advanced their careers. Ask managers in your company for advice on developing and presenting your request.
Write a Formal Proposal
Prepare a written request for support to demonstrate your motivation and desire to contribute more. Include a personal profile highlighting your accomplishments in case the final decision-maker does not know you.
Prepare to Negotiate
Think through the concessions you are willing to make, and include them in your proposal or be ready to discuss them in person. Some common negotiation points include:
- Foregoing raises or bonuses while in school
- Committing to staying with your company for a specific number of years in exchange for financial support. A two-year commitment is common.
- Using vacation days to attend residencies
Many students take out loans and feel there will be an excellent "return on investment" when they get out into the workforce.
US citizens and eligible non-citizens are able to borrow through the Federal Stafford Loan Program. Applicants for assistance through this program must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be completed online at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
When completing the online form, students will be asked for Duke’s school code—it is 002920.
Maximum eligibility under the Stafford Unsubsidized Loan Program is $20,500 per year. For further information on the FAFSA and the Stafford Loan Program, please call (800) 433-3243.
International applicants are not eligible for Federal loans. However, many international students take out loans in their home countries, and some US banks may offer loans to international students for study in the US.
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
Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for VA benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.
The Duke Master of Engineering Management Online program (Duke MEM Online) was previously known as the Distributed Master of Engineering Management program (d-MEMP).