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Graduate Degree Programs

Gain engineering expertise as part of a world-class university community with Duke's PhD program and Master's Degree programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

6 Reasons to choose Duke CEE

  • A thriving interdisciplinary environment bridging engineering, science and management. Our Civil and Environmental programs feature strong collaboration with computer engineering, biomedical engineering, Duke's School of Medicine and Nicholas School of the Environment, while our Computational Mechanics program unites scientific computing with mathematics and physics. Across these specialties, we offer options to add core management courses, internships and/or professional development workshops to position you for career success. 
  • Outstanding financial support. Duke CEE provides full funding for our PhD students and significant scholarships for our master's students.
  • Intensive and personalized research opportunities with Duke faculty in civil engineering fields such as computational mechanics and scientific computing; geomechanical modeling and characterization; dynamics and controls and risk and uncertainty; and in the fields of environmental chemistry and toxicology, environmental process engineering, hydrology and fluid dynamics. Beyond engineering, you'll find extensive opportunities for collaborative research with faculty and students across top-ranked Duke University through programs such as MEDx (Medicine + Engineering at Duke), IBIEM (focused on bioinformatics for microbiome research) and the Information Initiative at Duke.
  • Flexibility in choosing your coursework, enabling you to advance your particular interests while meeting academic requirements
  • A welcoming, inclusive and close-knit community of peers & mentors within CEE and across Duke—and an outstanding worldwide network of alumni
  • A terrific location in one of America’s award-winning cities—close to Research Triangle Park, and with a lower cost of living compared to the Northeast and West Coast

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More Benefits for choosing Duke

For PhD students:

  • 100 percent financial support during the duration of your studies, plus conference & travel support
  • Direct admission to a research group
  • PhD Plus, our innovative professional development program
  • Representation in SAGE, our graduate student association

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For master's students:

  • Funding support for competitive applicants – typical scholarships range from $20,000-$30,000
  • Dedicated career services
  • Internship opportunities with startups and industry partners
  • Representation in SAGE, our graduate student association

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