Duke MEM Online students attend a residency.

The Duke Difference: Engineering Management

What is Engineering Management?

Engineering management is a field of study that integrates technological skills with business acumen to create leaders whose teams can solve complex problems. Duke is a premier provider of engineering management education and training.

Duke's Engineering Management program is four graduate-level technical courses of your choosing, plus management courses that add business depth. Plus, an internship provides real-world work experience.

Duke Engineering Management is for you if you are:

  • A person with a science or engineering background
  • Interested in gaining new business, product management, and entrepreneurial skills
  • Focused on a leadership career

Duke Engineering Management: Flexible and Customizable

Customize your degree to match your career goals

Duke offers elective tracks aimed at in-demand skillsets:

  • Customer Experience and Product Design
  • Data Analytics and Machine Learning
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Product Management
  • Technology Development
  • Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
  • Or, build your elective track

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Faculty with Deep Experience

The Duke Engineering Management faculty includes executives-in-residence and instructors from Duke's highly-regarded professional schools of engineering, law and business.

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Great Outcomes for Duke Graduates

Nearly 9 out of 10 graduates are at work or onto further education within six months of graduation

Duke Engineering management students have access to dedicated services and support—including career services and professional development. Our Master of Engineering Management grads make up a global alumni network spanning multinational companies, small businesses and exciting startups.

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A Great Location, plus Online Options

Duke is in a vibrant, growing region known for innovation

Our Duke MEM Campus students live and study in North Carolina's Research Triangle Region. Duke's region is also home to Research Triangle Park, which hosts more than 140 major high-tech companies. The Triangle region has a mild, sunny climate—and a cost of living more affordable than New York City, Boston or California.

Duke also offers Duke MEM Online—the same degree and faculty as our campus program but offered conveniently online. In addition to virtual learning, our online students participate in week-long residencies on campus, which provides powerful in-person learning and networking opportunities.

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How Engineering Management Compares


Duke Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Science (MS) or PhD


Technical electives and business courses: marketing, management, finance, and law. Plus seminar series and an internship

Business subjects: Economics, marketing, accounting, finance, human resources, and international business

Technical courses plus research, traditionally including a thesis, focused on a specific engineering or science discipline

Undergraduate Education

A degree in any engineering or science discipline

A degree from any one of a variety of disciplines

A degree in a specified discipline


Traditionally, 2 years

Varies with degree and discipline

Work Experience

Designed for students in the earliest career stage—usually fewer than five years' experience

Typically, years of work experience are required

Varies with degree and discipline

Student Career Goals

Leadership in a technology-focused organization

Executive-level management

Industry or government research, or an academic position

Duke is a leader in creating educational programs in emerging fields

The Duke Master of Engineering Management program is a part of Duke Engineering's Institute for Enterprise Engineering, which provides high-impact professional education to meet fast-evolving industry needs. These programs draw on Duke Engineering’s research and educational strengths in:

    • Computing Fundamentals
    • AI and Machine Learning
    • Cybersecurity
    • FinTech, including Blockchain
    • Engineering Management

Learning opportunities are offered online and on-campus and include degree programs, graduate certificates, online credentials and short courses. 

We give working professionals and industry partners powerful tools to improve organizational performance and accelerate product innovation.

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