Master's Degrees at Duke

We Train Tech Industry Leaders

Choose from the Master of Science (MS) or a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Photonics and Optical Sciences

Master's degree study in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke prepares you for a career in today's fast-moving tech industry.

At Duke ECE, you'll have opportunities to explore cutting-edge areas, such as:

  • Computer engineering
  • Robotics
  • Data analytics and machine learning
  • Signal and information processing
  • Engineering physics
  • Microelectronics
  • Photonics
  • Nanotechnology

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Benefits of A Duke Master's Degree

  • Flexible, individualized curriculum for industry- or research-oriented careers
  • Interdisciplinary training in engineering, science and management
  • Project-based courses that translate state-of-the-art research into experiential learning
  • Dedicated career services coupled with an industry advisory board and Duke alumni network
  • Internship resources with startups and industry partners

Research and Career Support

In addition to providing outstanding technical training, Duke helps you launch your career.

Students in our MEng program complete a required internship, gaining real-world experience and industry contacts. We provide dedicated career development services for all master's students including mock job-interview sessions, career fair preparation and our unique TechConnect events, which bring together tech companies and interested students for internships and job opportunities.

Our events bring tech company recruiters to campus: Our master's students participate in both the TechConnect recruiting event, hosted by the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke Department of Computer Science, and Spring Engineering + Computing Showcase.

Our graduates have gone on to work from some of the world's most prominent technology companies.

Welcoming, Inclusive Community

By choosing Duke, you join an engaged, diverse and welcoming community that values and supports you. You'll notice the importance we place on faculty-master's student interaction. 

A Great Location

Our engineering campus is next to one of the nation's leading academic medical centers. Plus, the Duke campus is just miles from Research Triangle Park (RTP), home to more than 200 major tech companies and a global hub for biotechnology research.

Plus, you'll enjoy a mild climate, acclaimed restaurants, a thriving arts scene and an affordable cost of living. While your Duke degree can take you anywhere in the United States and beyond, many students choose to remain in the area, which consistently ranks among the best places to live in the U.S.

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Degrees We Offer

Master of Science (MS)

The Master of Science is an advanced engineering degree comprising technical coursework culminating in a final exam, project, or thesis.

It typically takes 1.5 to 2 years to earn the degree. Our ECE MS forms an excellent foundation for a career in industry or academia.

As part of their professional development, MS students take seminars where they are exposed to current topics in applied engineering management and entrepreneurship. You select your path from four areas of concentration:

  • Computer Engineering: Including software development and hardware design
  • Signal and Information Processing and Robotics: Including Big Data analysis and robot design
  • Engineering Physics: Including information physics and metamaterials
  • Microelectronics, Photonics and Nanotechnology: Including nanoelectronics and optoelectronics

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Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering is an industry-focused degree comprised of strong technical and business coursework, and an internship.

Students complete the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and Internship, Departmental Requirements, and choose technical electives in one of these areas of concentration:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Micro-Nano Systems
  • Photonics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing and Waves
  • Signal Processing and Communications (including Big Data Analysis)

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Master of Engineering (MEng) in Photonics and Optical Sciences

The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Photonics and Optical Sciences is an industry-focused degree comprised of strong technical and business coursework, and an internship.

Students will complete the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and Internship, three technical electives (two of which are selected from similar areas of concentration) and Departmental Requirements including:

  • An advanced mathematics course
  • Two Optics/Photonics courses
  • One technical optics/photonics course from the Duke's biomedical engineering (BME) department and one from the ECE department

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Duke Kunshan University: Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Offered in China at Duke Kunshan University, a joint venture of Duke University and Wuhan University.

This two-year master’s degree program is built upon Duke’s Master of Engineering program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and was designed with Chinese industrial needs in mind—exposing students to U.S.-style education as well as modern Chinese business practices and industry standards.

During the first year, students study at Duke Kunshan University. For their second year, students are expected to study at Duke University in the United States. Upon completion, students receive a Duke Master of Engineering degree.

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Highly-Ranked Faculty

A unifying theme of Duke's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is its interdisciplinary nature, characterized by significant funded research programs that actively engage Duke faculty from across the Pratt School of Engineering, the sciences and medicine.

The interdisciplinary nature of Duke ECE is well aligned with the increasing international trend toward a breakdown of traditional disciplinary boundaries; such an interdisciplinary focus has also been widely encouraged by industry and government.

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Excellent Career Placement

Recent Duke Master's Industry Placements

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Cisco
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Qualcomm

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