Master of Engineering
A Career-Focused Option With a Required Internship
The Duke Master of Engineering (MEng) in Biomedical Engineering is career-focused degree option that will deepen your understanding of technology and help you develop the business leadership and management expertise you need to succeed in your career.
In the Master of Engineering program, you take specialized technical classes and a core of business leadership and management courses, with a required internship or a project completing the degree. Our relationships with internationally respected biotech firms in nearby Research Triangle Park may provide unique opportunities for internships.
"Duke provided me with a strong educational foundation and network to begin my career in engineering."
janelle Balesh, MEng'15
Edison Fellow, GE HealthCare
Read Janelle's story
Duke BME faculty teach Master of Engineering students in these fields:
Degree requirements, detailed below, include:
- 30 course credits
- 1 Seminar
- Required Internship
- For fall admission: January 15 (Round 1) and March 15 (Round 2)
- For spring admission: September 1
Students pursuing the MEng in Biomedical Engineering complete the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and an Internship/Project, departmental requirements, and technical electives in one of these areas of concentration:
- Imaging and Biophotonics
- Cardiac and Neuroengineering
- Bioengineering and Tissue Engineering
The Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering is a 30-credit degree distributed as follows:
- Core Industry Preparation Courses (6 credits)
- Departmental/Disciplinary or Cross Disciplinary Requirements (15 credits)
- Technical Electives in a Concentration Area (9 credits)
- Internship, Project or Equivalent (0 credits)
Core Industry Preparation Course Requirements (6 credits)
- MENG 540: Management of High Tech Industries
- MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers
Departmental/Disciplinary or Cross Disciplinary Requirements (15 credits)
Required coursework includes:
- an advanced mathematics course (3 credits)
- a life science elective (3 credits)
- BME technical courses (9 credits;choose 3 courses from the list below or other current offerings in consultation with your advisor)
In addition, each student must take 1 semester of the MEM seminar.
Advanced mathematics requirement
(3 credits required) View courses
Life science elective
(3 credits required) View courses
(9 credits; choose 3 courses from the list below or other current offerings in consultation with your advisor)
- BME 303: Modern Diagnostic Imaging Systems
- BME 542: Principles of Ultrasound Imaging
- BME 842: Medical Ultrasound Transducers
- BME 844: Advanced Ultrasonic Imaging
- BME 846: Biomedical Imaging
- BME 848L: Radiology in Practice
- BME 850: Advances in Photonics: An Overview of State-of-the-Art Techniques and Applications
- NEUROBIO 881: Functional Magnetic Resonance
Cardiac and Neuroengineering
- BME 301L: Electrophysiology
- BME 515: Neural Prosthetic Systems
- BME 502: Neural Signal Acquisition
- BME 503: Computational Neuroengineering
- BME 504: Fundamentals Electrical Stimulation Nervous System
- BME 506: Measurement and Control of Cardiac Electrical Events
- BME 511: Theoretical Electrophysiology
- BME 512L: Theoretical Electrocardiology
- BME 513: Nonlinear Dynamics in Electrophysiology
- ECE 581: Random Signals and Noise
- BME 436L: Biophotonic Instrumentation
- BME 461L: Electronic Designs for the Developing World
- BME 464L: Medical Instrument Design
- BME 567: Biosensors
- ECE 539: CMOS VLSI Design Methodologies
- ECE 546: Optoelectronic Devices
- BME 526: Elasticity
- BME 529: Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science
- BME 834: Viscoelasticity
- BME 307: Transport phenomenon: Biological Systems
- BME 427L: Design in Biotechnology
- BME 525: Biomedical Materials and Artificial Organs
- BME 530: Tissue Biomechanics
- BME 561L: Genome Science and Technology Lab
- BME 565L: Environmental Molecular Biotechnology
- BME 566: Transport Phenomena in Cells and Organs
- BME 568: Laboratory in Cellular and Biosurface Engineering
- BME 570L: Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
- BME 574: Modeling and Engineering Gene Circuits
- BME 577: Drug Delivery
- BME 578: Tissue Engineering
- BME 836: Mechanics of Multiphase Biological Tissues
- BME 302L: Fundamentals of Biomaterials and Biomechanics
- BME 460L: Devices for People with Disabilities
- BME 462L: Design Developing World
- BME 527: Cell Mechanics and Mechanotransduction
- BME 528: Biofluid Mechanics
- BME 530: Tissue Biomechanics
- BME 531: Intermediate Biomechanics
- BME 560: Molecular Basis of Membrane Transport
- BME 830: Continuum Biomechanics
- BME 836: Mechanics of Multiphase Biological Tissues
- CE 520: Continuum Mechanics
- ME 541: Intermediate Dynamics
Technical Electives in a Concentration Area (3 courses, 9 credits)
Select three courses from any of the disciplines listed above. Other current course offerings may be substituted with consent of advisor. Generally at least 2 of the 3 should be within the same discipline.
Internship, Project or Equivalent Requirements (0 credits)
- MENG 550: Internship
- MENG 551: Internship Assessment
- One advanced mathematics and one life science elective course are mandatory for all students (3 credits each):
The Life Sciences Requirement integrates biology into the engineering experience. Students work with advisors to select the course most relevant to their career goals. Courses are typically selected from anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology, or biophysical chemistry. View courses.
The Advanced Mathematics Requirement teaches the techniques of advanced mathematics for analysis and manipulation of data and the development and solution of mathematical models. Students work with advisors to determine class selection based on a student’s background and BME sub-discipline. Some students take statistical methods, numerical methods, or advanced analytical methods courses. View courses.
- Students matriculating in Fall 2013 or after are required to take 1 semester of the EGRMGMT 501 Engineering Management Seminar (Fall Only):
Weekly Seminars offer students the opportunity to interact with top industry leaders, experienced business managers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and small-business owners. Designed to introduce students to different aspects of business and industry, the series also includes information on career opportunity and development. A weekly post-seminar reception allows students to talk one-on-one with speakers and network with their peers.
- The required course load (30 cr) allows certificate requirements to be fulfilled and flexibility in tailoring curriculum to individual students.
- No more than two 300 and 400 level undergraduate courses can be applied to the MEng degree and a minimum of a B must be earned for them to count. Undergraduate courses at the 200 level and lower may be taken, but cannot be used to fulfill MEng degree requirements. The only exceptions to this rule are for courses listed under approved life science electives and approved advanced math courses.
- Students may take 3 units of independent study (BME 899(399)/BME 790(365) or other) for a project.
- Technical elective courses must be selected from Engineering, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics or Computer Science.
- Graduation requirements include approval of all courses by an advisor.
- Internship requirements will follow the MEng Internship guidelines with the exception that the internship or project must occur after the student matriculates at Duke University.
Sample curriculum for MEng in Biomedical Engineering (shows Bioengineering Specialization)
|Fall Year 1||Spring Year 1||Summer Year 1||Fall Year 2|
|Core Industry Preparation Courses||MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers||MENG 540: Leadership & Management Principles for Technology-Based Organizations||MENG 550: Internship or Applied Research Project||MENG 551: Internship/Project Assessment|
|Departmental Requirements||BME 790L: Signal Processing and Applied Mathematics||BIOCHEM 681: Physical Biochemistry||BME 578: Tissue Engineering|
|Departmental Requirements||BME 561L: Genome Science and Technology Lab||BME 307: Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems|
Other BME-related MEng Disciplines
Through Duke's Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics (FIP), researchers are making strides across many areas of photonics and optical science. The research of the FIP faculty is reflected in the classes we offer through our Master of Engineering in Photonics and Optical Sciences. MEng students train with top people in the optics field and pair that classroom experience with an understanding of core business principles.
The MEng program provides outstanding career support to its students.
As a Master of Engineering student, you can take advantage of our comprehensive and aggressive career development and job search program. You will receive advice from the MEng Assistant Directors of Career Services who work with the Duke Career Center to coordinate various activities throughout the year.
Our career services include:
- On-campus recruiting
- Individual and group career coaching
- Special networking events such as Career Fairs, Tech Connect, Night with Industry and Alumni Networking Event
- Resume and cover letter development, interviewing tips, and social media advice
The minimum GPA for the program is 3.2 and the minimum TOEFL score is 90. Average GRE, TOEFL and grade-point averages of recently admitted applicants were*:
- GRE Quantitative: 160-166
- GRE Verbal: 152-160
- UGPA: 3.3-3.7
* Mid-50% range
Cost of Attendance
Program tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $25,860 per semester taken at the university. In general, completion of the 30 required credits over three semesters would result in a total tuition cost of $77,580. Please note that the internship courses do not incur tuition charges.
Financial Aid and Fellowships
Because the Master of Engineering is a professional degree rather than a research degree, most students pay their own tuition costs. Many students take out loans and believe there will be an excellent return on investment when they get out into the work force.
Limited financial aid is available to highly qualified candidates through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within the program.
Detailed Financial Aid Info
Underrepresented minorities may receive up to 50 percent per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships.
Externally Funded Scholarships
We also offer support to recipients of select competitively externally funded scholarships, such as
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowships
- Fulbright Scholar Program
DoD SMART Scholarship Program
For US Citizens only – The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Learn more
Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for VA benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Stafford Loan Program
US citizens and eligible non-citizens may 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 https://fafsa.ed.gov/. 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 United States. University maintains information on lenders for citizens, permanent residents, and non-US citizens.
While enrolled in the program, many students work in a variety of places, such as campus libraries and various departments within Duke University. Teaching assistantships are available in various departments, and some departments have research assistantships as well.
These positions are paid an hourly rate, and most students work between 10 to 20 hours per week. Positions are generally posted and filled just a week or two before classes begin each semester.
External Funding Opportunities
Browse our extensive list of potential external funding opportunities on our dedicated website for MEng students.