Choose from Master of Science (MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering
or Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Risk Engineering or Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing
Studying for a master's degree in civil and environmental engineering at Duke prepares you for leadership in industry or future doctoral studies.
You will be part of a highly regarded program that is ranked among the very best.
Most of our master's students go onto careers in the structural engineering, construction and environmental industries, where they work for leading firms and important national laboratories.
A significant portion of our Duke CEE master's grads enter PhD programs, very often at Duke. Learn more about where our Duke CEE master's students go.
We offer significant support for competitive applicants—typical scholarships range from
The Duke Engineering Master'S Degree
Benefits for Master's Students
- Significant scholarship support for competitive applicants
- Flexible, individualized curriculum for industry- or research-oriented careers, with two master's degree options
- Interdisciplinary training in engineering, science and management
- Project-based courses that translate state-of-the-art research into experiential learning
- Dedicated career services coupled with an industry advisory board and Duke alumni network
We offer significant support for competitive master's applicants—typical scholarships range from $20,000-$30,000.
Research and Career Support
At Duke CEE, you'll have opportunities to explore cutting-edge areas of civil and environmental engineering such as computational mechanics and scientific computing, geomechanics and geophysics, hydrology and fluid dynamics, environmental chemistry and toxicology, and environmental process engineering -- with personalized mentorship from our faculty.
Students in our Master of Engineering (MEng) program complete a required internship, gaining real-world experience and industry contacts.
And, we provide dedicated career development services for all master's students including mock job-interview sessions, career fair preparation and our unique TechConnect events, which bring together tech companies and interested students for internships and job opportunities.
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, as a Duke CEE graduate student, you will have representation in SAGE, our graduate student association.
A Great Location
Our engineering campus is next to one of the nation's leading academic medical centers and adjacent to Duke's highly ranked Nicholas School of the Environment–facilitating academic and research collaborations. Plus, the Duke campus is just miles from Research Triangle Park (RTP), home to more than 200 major private tech companies and public science agencies – including a large U.S. Environmental Protection Agency laboratory, a USDA Forest Service research station, and a location of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Here, you'll also enjoy a mild climate, acclaimed restaurants, a thriving arts scene and an affordable cost of living. Your Duke degree can take you anywhere in the United States and beyond. Some students choose to remain in our Research Triangle region, which is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States.
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 to 2 years to earn the degree. Our CEE MS forms an excellent foundation for a career in research or technology development in industry or academia.
The centerpiece of the CEE master's experience is the research project or thesis, conducted with our world-class faculty.
You can choose your path through five study tracks:
- Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing
- Engineering Environmental Geomechanics and Geophysics
- Systems, Risk and Decision
- Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics
- Environmental Health Engineering
The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering is a career-focused degree that includes strong technical and business coursework, with a required industry internship.
This master's program emphasizes business and management skills, through Core Industry Preparatory Courses, an internship, and practical civil engineering analysis, through departmental and concentration area requirements in:
- Computational Engineering
- Systems Engineering and Optimization
Master of Engineering (MEng) in Environmental Engineering
The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Environmental Engineering is a career-focused degree that includes strong technical and business coursework, with a required industry internship.
Our program draws from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and Nicholas School of the Environment–so you get the best of both faculty. As an MEng student, you will take Core Industry Preparatory Courses and an internship, departmental requirements, and you can further individualize your studies through training in one of three areas of specialization:
- Ecohydrology and Environmental Fluid Dynamics
- Environmental Process Engineering
- Environmental Engineering and Public Policy
Master of Engineering (MEng) in Risk Engineering
The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Risk Engineering is a career-focused degree that includes strong technical and business coursework, with a required industry internship.
The program's curriculum focuses on using statistical decision theory and knowledge of civil and environmental engineering to predict the costs and benefits of risk scenarios facing communities and environmental assets. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in areas such as:
- Insurance risk assessment
- Engineering consulting
- Infrastructure analysis
Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing
The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing is a career-focused degree that includes strong technical and business coursework, with a required industry internship.
The program's curriculum focuses on training in computational algorithms for model-based simulation and design. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in areas such as:
- Additive manufacturing
- Engineering mechanics
- Engineering consulting
Meet Our Faculty
Duke CEE faculty members are engaged in a wide range of efforts to understand effects of humans on the environment and to design systems to make communities more sustainable and resilient – from investigating the environmental implications of nanomaterials and aerosolized particulates, to creating complex mathematical and computer models of natural, technical and social systems.
The department's long and close relationship to Duke's School of Medicine and Nicholas School of the Environment (both across-the-quad neighbors) and Duke's basic science departments has fostered a highly interdisciplinary approach, with engineers working closely with environmental and health researchers.
Meet Our Graduates
Where Recent Duke CEE Master's Alumni Are Earning PhDs
- Carnegie Mellon
- University of Illinois
- And others
Where Recent CEE Master's Alumni Are Working
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Gilbane Construction Company
- GE Healthcare
- And others