Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Ideal preparation for an industry or research career

The 30-credit Duke Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering provides a unique combination of opportunities:

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Janelle Balesh

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

Janelle Balesh, MEng
Edison Fellow, GE Healthcare

Flexible Degree Requirements

30 course credits, with industry internship

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Concentration Areas

Aligned with faculty research

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

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Sample Curriculum

Sample curriculum for MEng in Biomedical Engineering (shows Drug and Gene Delivery Specialization)

 Year 1—FallYear 1—SpringSummerYear 2—Fall
Core Industry Preparation CoursesMENG 570: Business Fundamentals for EngineersMENG 540: Leadership & Management Principles for Technology-Based OrganizationsMENG 550:
[No Tuition Charged]
MENG 551: Internship Assessment
Departmental RequirementsBME 671L: Signal Processing and Applied MathematicsBME 790: Physiology for EngineersBME 578: Quantitative Cell and Tissue Engineering
BME 524: Nanotechnology in MedicineBME 577: Drug Delivery 

Important Notes

  • Undergraduate courses may be taken, but cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements.
  • Students may take a 3-credit independent study course (BME 791) as an elective for doing research or a design project in a lab. 
  • Other elective courses must be selected from Engineering, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related disciplines. 
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Admissions Profile

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

  • 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 »

Funding Opportunities

Because many see the Master of Engineering (MEng) as a professional 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 MEng students.

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 some competitively externally funded scholarships, such as

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowships
  • Fulbright Scholar Program

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 and grader jobs are available in various departments.

These positions are paid an hourly rate, and most students work between 10 to 20 hours per week. Positions are generally posted and filled before classes begin each semester.

External Funding Opportunities

Browse our extensive list of potential external funding opportunities on our dedicated website for MEng students.

Career Services

Duke Engineering provides outstanding career support to master's students. Our career services include:

  • Working with a coach
  • Workshops and events
  • Engaging with employers and industry professionals


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