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Degree programs in Materials Science and Engineering that match your career goals
Materials science and engineering are about designing a better world. Advance your career with a master's degree from Duke in Materials Science and Engineering. Each program can be completed in about 18 months to two years.
Master of Science (MS)
An advanced degree culminating in a research project, managed by Duke UPMSE. It features multidisciplinary core courses and access to specialized Engineering Graduate seminars. Discover more below on this webpage »
Master of Engineering (MEng)
An advanced degree, managed by Duke's Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. It features customizable focus options and specializations in AI in materials, biomaterials and energy materials. Discover more at mems.duke.edu/masters/degrees/meng »
For Duke Engineering Students
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Master of Science (MS) Degree Program Details
An advanced degree culminating in a research project, managed by Duke UPMSE. It features specialized core courses and access to specialized Engineering Graduate seminars.
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- In the first year, six courses must be selected from eight core courses:
CHEM 548: Fundamentals of Solid-State Materials
CHEM 544: Statistical Mechanics - OR - ECE 521: Quantum Mechanics
ME 562: Materials Synthesis and Processing
ME 563: Fundamentals of Soft Matter
ME 511: Computational Materials Science
ECE/NANOSCI 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology - OR -ECE 721/ME 711: Nanotechnology Materials Lab/Advanced Materials Lab
- For the first three semesters, the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Seminar is required.
- In the second year, three elective courses are required (a maximum of one elective course may be replaced with an independent study to receive course credit for the Research Project).
- In addition to completing coursework, a Research Project is required beginning in the first year. The project exam occurs during the third or fourth semester.
- Academic Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training required by The Graduate School at Duke University must be completed in the first semester.
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How to Apply
Complete an application through Duke's Graduate School. Go to application instructions »