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Facts & Stats


To investigate, develop, and impart fundamental and advanced engineering knowledge relevant to the field of civil and environmental engineering and emerging global and national challenges. From a foundation of core technical knowledge and inquiry, we provide an experiential exposure to innovative problem-solving, research, leadership, and creativity that prepares our graduates for successful careers.


Civil Engineering

#19 in faculty scholarly productivity in civil engineering

#31 graduate degree program in civil engineering

Top 25 undergraduate degree program in civil engineering

Environmental Engineering

#12 environmental engineering graduate program

#12 environmental engineering undergraduate program

#21 in faculty scholarly productivity in civil engineering 

Sources: U.S. News & World Report; Academic Analytics (v.2022)

Duke CEE At a Glance

21 tenured and tenure-track faculty

$11 million in new research awards, fiscal 2023

52 PhD students

34 Master's students

62 Undergraduate students

14 BSE graduates, Class of 2022

(BSE Graduates: May graduates only, first major is civil engineering or environmental engineering)


To competitive master's applicants, Duke CEE offers significant support—typical scholarships range



We provide comprehensive undergraduate and graduate educational programs that align with our faculty's research interests.

Our graduates are sought after for positions in industry, government, academia and the nonprofit sector.


We offer a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in civil engineering (with study tracks in structural engineering or environmental engineering and water resource) and environmental engineering.

Undergraduate certificates are offered in architectural engineering, global development, and studies of energy and the environment.


Duke CEE offers a research- and practice-focused Master of Science (MS), and a career-focused Master of Engineering (MEng).

We offer significant financial support for competitive applicants to our master's programs—typical scholarships range from $20,000-$30,000.

Doctorate (PhD)

We offer a highly-ranked doctoral (PhD) program. More than half of Duke CEE PhD grads go on to academic careers, many at some of the world's pre-eminent research institutions. Over 40 percent go onto careers and leadership roles in industry and government. 

Where Duke CEE PhD grads go »


The Duke Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is an extraordinary team of faculty conducting research on topics such as the environmental effects of nanotechnology, engineered microbial systems, water resources, hydrometeorology, computational mechanics, geomechanical modeling and characterization and more.

Duke CEE Research

Affiliated Research Centers

  • PreMiEr—The Duke-led NSF Engineering Research Center for Precision Microbiome Engineering
  • Inframes— The NSF AccelNET-supported International Network for Researching, Advancing, and Assessing Materials for Environmental Sustainability
  • WaSH-AID—The Duke Center for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Duke Superfund Basic Research Center