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Master of Engineering (MEng) in Environmental Engineering

A Career-Focused Option with an Internship Experience

The challenge of sustainable environmental quality requires innovative thinking, clear leadership and strong technical expertise.

Duke’s Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering will give you the comprehensive training an industry leader needs to have to protect our natural resources.


We offer significant support for competitive applicants—typical scholarships range from


Our program draws from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and Nicholas School of the Environment—so you get the best of our renowned engineering and environmental research community.

Coursework draws on recent research by our world-class faculty, many of whom are involved in major federally-funded research centers such as the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) and the Superfund Research Center at Duke.

Areas of technical concentration include:

  • Ecohydrology and Environmental Fluid Dynamics
  • Environmental Process Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering and Public Policy

Application deadlines:


How to Apply


Degree Program Details

Degree Requirements

MEng students complete the Core Industry Preparatory Courses and Internship, Departmental Requirements, and will choose specialization requirements of four courses from our areas of concentration.


The curriculum, detailed below, includes:

  • 30 course credits
  • 1 Seminar
  • Internship

Curriculum Overview

The Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering is a 30-credit degree distributed as follows:

  • Core Industry Preparation Courses (6 credits)
  • Departmental Requirements  (15 credits)
  • Specialization Requirements (9 credits)
  • Internship, Applied Research Experience or Project (0 credits)
Curriculum Notes
  1. Students are required to attend seminar programs specific to environmental engineering or their specialization area.
  2. Students may also pursue the MEng in Environmental Engineering without a specialization in which case 3 courses from an extended list of electives as well as courses listed in each of the specializations may be substituted.

Core Industry Preparation Course Requirements

(6 credits)

  • MENG 540: Management of High Tech Industries
  • MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers

Departmental Requirements

(15 credits with at least one course each from 5 of the 6 following categories)

  • CEE 561: Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
  • CEE 563: Chemical Fate of Organic Compounds
  • CEE 690: Chemical Transformations of Environmental Contaminants
  • CEE 566: Environmental Microbiology
  • CEE 661L: Environmental Molecular Biotechnology
  • CEE 562: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
Applied Mathematics
  • CEE 501: Applied Mathematics for Engineers
  • ENVIRON 764: Applied Differential Equations in Environmental Science
  • MATH 551: Applied Partial Differential Equations and Complex Variables
  • MATH 541: Applied Stochastic Processes
Transport Processes & Modeling
  • CE 560: Environmental Transport Phenomena
  • CE 307: Transport Phenomena: Biological Systems
Atmospheric & Hydrologic Processes
  • ENVIRON 734L: Watershed Hydrology
  • CEE 683: Groundwater Hydrology
  • CEE 569: Intro to Atmospheric Aerosols
  • ENVIRON 535: Air Quality Management
Engineered Systems
  • CEE 564: Physical Chemical processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 562: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 575: Air Pollution Control Engineering


(9 credits satisfied with at least 3 course from a specialization area)

  • CEE 569: Intro to Atmospheric Aerosols
  • CEE 690: Physical Hydrology, Hydrometeorology
  • ENVIRON 535: Air Quality Management
  • ENVIRON 711: The Climate System
  • EVIRON 370A: Physical Oceanography
  • CEE 642: Environmental Geomechanics
  • ME 536: Compressible Fluid Flow
  • ME 537: Mechanics of Viscous Fluid
  • ME 631: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 632: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 639: Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • CEE 690: Vegetation and Hydrology
  • CEE 690: Advanced Turbulence Theories
  • CE 690: Environmental Modeling Principles
  • CEE 564: Physical Chemical processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 562: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CE 575: Air Pollution Control Engineering
  • CEE 676: Advanced Physical-Chemical Processes
  • CEE 575: Air Pollution Control Engineering
  • CEE 571: Hazardous/ Toxic Waste
  • ENVIRON 590: Energy Technologies and Environmental Impact
  • ENVIRON 802: Environmental Program Management
  • ENVIRON 590S: Environmental Life Cycle Analysis and Decision Making
  • PUBPOL 811: Microeconomics: Policy Applications
  • PUBPOL 813: Quantitative Evaluation Methods
  • ENVIRON 752: Sustainability and Renewable Resource Economics
  • ENVIRON 531: Economic Analysis of Resource and Environmental Policies
  • ENVIRON 532: Evaluation of Public Expenditures
  • ENVIRON 577: Resource and Environmental Politics
  • PUBPOL 577: Environmental Policy
  • ENVIRON 829: Natural Resource Economics


9 credits satisfied by any non-redundant 3 courses from any of the above lists- including departmental requirements- or electives approved by the DMS
Pre-Approved Electives (e.g., for Environmental Engineering w/o specialization):
Transport Processes & Modeling
  • CEE 581: Pollutant Transport System
  • CEE 690: Model Environmental Chemical and Biological Processes
  • ENVIRON 803: Principles of Environmental Modeling
  • ME 555: Microscale physicochemical hydrodynamics
  • BME 560: Molecular Basis of Membrane Transport
  • ENVIRON 590S: Energy Modeling
  • ENVIRON 590S: Instrumentation and Methods for Environmental Pollutants
  • ENVIRON 739: Intro to Atmospheric Chemistry

Internship, Project or Equivalent Requirements

(0 credits)

  • MENG 550: Internship or Applied Research Project
  • MENG 551: Internship/Project Assessment

Admissions Profile

The Duke Master of Engineering (MEng) program does not require a minimum GPA or a minimum score on the GRE or TOEFL. The program does not require work experience. Average GRE, TOEFL and grade-point averages of recently admitted Duke MEng applicants were*:

  • GRE Quantitative: 163-169
  • GRE Verbal: 152-161
  • UGPA: 3.4-3.7

* Mid-50% range

Scholarships and Cost of Attendance

We offer significant support for competitive applicants – typical scholarships range from $20,000-$30,000.

For details on the cost of attendance before scholarships, go to the Duke Engineering MEng website »

Financial Aid and Fellowships

For costs after scholarships, many students take out loans and believe there will be an excellent return on investment when they get out into the work force.

Limited additional financial aid is available to highly qualified candidates through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within the program.

Diversity Scholarships

Underrepresented minorities may receive up to 50 percent per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships. 

Externally Funded Scholarships

We also offer support to recipients of select competitively externally funded scholarships, such as

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

DoD SMART Scholarship Program

For US Citizens only – The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.  Read more...

Veteran's Benefits

Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for VA benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Federal Loan Programs

Duke University offers the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs for graduate students, including Stafford unsubsidized loans, Graduate PLUS, and Carl Perkins loans. Each of these loans has different terms and conditions, but they are generally deferrable until after graduation or until the student is enrolled for less than half-time.

These federal loans are available only to United States citizens. Visit the Duke Financial Aid website for more information and application procedures for student loans.

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 are available in various departments, and some departments have research assistantships as well.

These positions are paid an hourly rate, and most students work between 10 to 20 hours per week. Positions are generally posted and filled just a week or two 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

We provide outstanding career support to our master's students.

As a Duke master's student, you can take advantage of our comprehensive and aggressive career development and job search program. You will receive advice from our Master's Assistant Directors of Career Services who work with the Duke Career Center to coordinate various activities throughout the year.

Our career services include:

  • On-campus recruiting
  • Individual and group career coaching
  • Special networking events such as Career Fairs, Tech Connect, Night with Industry and Alumni Networking Event
  • Resume and cover letter development, interviewing tips, and social media advice