Master's Degrees

MS candidate Jawad Hoballah, at right, received a Pratt BME Master's Student Research Fellowship to support his research.

Choose from Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (MEng) or MD-MEng Dual Degree

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 industry, where they work for leading biomedical firms or build their own startups. About 40 percent of Duke BME Master of Science (MS) grads enter PhD programs. Learn more about where our Duke BME master's students go.

Duke Master's DEGREEs 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.

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/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 United States.

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Flexible curricula allow you to customize your degree

We also offer these concentrations, which align with the research interests of our faculty, in our Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) degree programs:

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


Enhance your degree further through training in our certificate programs.

Explore opportunities in biotechnology, medical device design, photonics and more.

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Degrees We Offer

Master of Science (MS)

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.

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Master of Engineering (MEng)

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 Coursea, you can tailor your degree to one of the concentration areas in Biomedical Engineering.

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.

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MD-Master of Engineering Dual Degree

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.

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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.

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Meet Our Graduates

Where Recent Duke Master's Alumni Are Earning PhDs

  • Duke
  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Illinois
  • And more

Where Recent Master's Alumni Are Working

  • Medtronic
  • Amgen
  • Boston Scientific
  • GE Healthcare
  • Epic
  • And more

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