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.

Janelle Balesh

"Duke provided me with a strong educational foundation and network to begin my career in engineering."

janelle Balesh, MEng'15
Edison Fellow, GE HealthCare
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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.

Degree requirements, detailed below, include:

  • 30 course credits
  • Required Internship

Application deadlines:


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Program DetailS

MEng in Biomedical Engineering

Degree Requirements

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 concentration areas:

  • Bioelectric Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • Biomedical Imaging and Biophotonics
  • Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation
  • Biotechnology
  • Computational Modeling of Biological Systems
  • Drug and Gene Delivery
  • Health Data Science
  • Immune Engineering
  • Neural Engineering
  • Synthetic and Systems Biology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

At least 3 courses (departmental + technical electives) should be taken within the same concentration area.

Curriculum Overview

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 required, View courses)
  • a life science elective (3 credits required, View courses)
  • three BME technical courses (9 credits required)

Technical Electives in a Concentration Area (9 credits, 3 courses)

Select three courses from Engineering, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, mathematics, Computer Science or related disciplines. Other current course offerings may be substituted with consent of advisor.

Internship, Project or Equivalent Requirements (0 credits)

  • MENG 550: Internship
  • MENG 551: Internship Assessment

Curriculum Notes

  1. 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, physiology, cell and molecular biology. 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 advanced statistical methods, numerical methods, or advanced analytical methods courses. View courses.

  2. The required course load (30 cr) allows certificate requirements to be fulfilled and flexibility in tailoring curriculum to individual students.
  3. 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.
  4. Students may take an independent study course (BME 791) for research project.
  5. Graduation requirements include approval of all courses by an advisor.
  6. 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

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    
Specialization Elective Elective   Elective

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Career Services

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

Admissions Profile

The Master of Engineering program does not require a minimum score to apply or be admitted. The scores of GRE, TOEFL, and undergraduate GPA of recently admitted applicants were*:

  • GRE Quantitative: 161 - 167
  • GRE Verbal: 155 - 162
  • GRE Writing: 4.0 - 5.0
  • TOEFL: 103 - 108
  • UGPA: 3.5 - 3.9

* Mid-50% range

Cost of Attendance

For complete cost of attendance details, visit the Duke Engineering MEng website »

Financial Aid and Fellowships

Because many the Master's of Engineering is a  professional degrees rather than a research degree, most students pay their own tuition costs. Many students use student loans and believe there will be an excellent return on investment.

In certain circumstances, we provide limited financial aid to Master of Engineering (MEng) students.


Detailed Financial Aid Info

Diversity Scholarships

Limited financial aid is available to highly qualified candidates through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within our master's degree programs.

Underrepresented minorities may receive up to 50 percent per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships. Additionally, up to $10,000 per year may be allocated for the student to gain experience in a research setting under the direction of a principal investigator (PI).

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

Veteran's Benefits

Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for VA benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Federal Loan Programs

Duke University offers the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs for graduate students, including Stafford unsubsidized loans, Graduate PLUS, and Carl Perkins loans. Each of these loans has different terms and conditions, but they are generally deferrable until after graduation or until the student is enrolled for less than half-time.

These federal loans are available only to United States citizens. Visit the Duke Financial Aid website for more information and application procedures for student loans.

On-Campus Work

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.