Studying for a master's degree in biomedical engineering at Duke prepares you for leadership in industry or in academia. You will be part of a highly regarded program that began as one of the world's first and continues to be ranked among the very best.
Most of our master's students go onto careers in the biomedical industry, where they work for leading firms or build their own startups. About 15 percent of Duke BME MS grads enter PhD programs. Learn more about where our Duke BME master's students go.
The Duke Master's in Biomedical Engineering
Benefits for Master's Students
- Dedicated career services
- Internship resources with BME startups and industry partners
- Research fellowship opportunities in BME faculty labs
- Membership in BEAMS, our supportive BME Association of Master's Students
Research and Career Support
Duke BME offers a dedicated fellowship to support the research of Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) students in Biomedical Engineering. The BME Master's Fellowship Program provides $200 to $1,000 per semester for work on a project in the laboratory of a BME faculty member--giving you outstanding experience working directly with leading faculty in the field.
"What made me choose Duke was its reputation for academic excellence and its goal of helping each student maximize his or her own potential."
Jerrod Brown, MEng'16
Medical Device Assembler, Boston Scientific
Read Jerrod's story
Students in our MEng program complete a required internship, gaining real-world experience and industry contacts. And, we provide dedicated career development services for master's students including mock job-interview sessions, career fair preparation and our unique TechConnect events, which bring together tech companies and interested students.
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. And, you'll be a member of BEAMS, our supportive BME Association of Master's Students
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 170 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 areas, which is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the U.S.
Degrees We Offer
The Master of Science is an advanced engineering degree comprising technical coursework and a thesis or project in a chosen discipline.
It typically takes 1.5 to 2 years to earn the degree. Our BME MS forms an excellent foundation for a career in research or technology development in academia, industry or government.
The centerpiece of the BME master's experience is the research project or thesis, conducted with our world-class faculty.
As part of their professional development, MS students take seminars where they are exposed to current topics in applied engineering management and entrepreneurship.
The Master of Engineering (MEng) is a non-thesis degree focused on strong technical and business coursework, with a required industry internship.
After completing Core Industry Preparatory Course, you can tailor your degree to earn a:
- MEng in Biomedical Engineering, in one of five areas of concentration, or a
- MEng in Photonics and Optical Sciences
It typically takes 1.5 years to earn this degree. If you're interested in product design, product development and innovation in industry, the MEng might be for you.
The Doctor of Medicine-Master of Engineering Dual Degree (MD-MEng) is a five-year program designed for MD candidates within the Duke University School of Medicine who have strong interests in health care, engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship.
Meet Our Faculty
Duke BME faculty members are engaged in a wide range of efforts to improve human health through research – from creating the world's first real-time, three-dimensional ultrasound diagnostic system to developing the first engineered blood vessels.
The department's long and close relationship to the Duke University Medical Center (it's our across-the-street neighbor) has fostered a highly interdisciplinary approach, with engineers working closely with physician collaborators.
Meet Our Graduates
Where Recent Duke Master's Alumni Are Earning PhDs
- Columbia University
- George Washington University
- University of Michigan
- University of Illinois
- And more
Where Recent Master's Alumni Are Working
- Boston Scientific
- GE Healthcare
- And more