Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Pratt School of Engineering Duke University

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Pratt School of Engineering Duke University

Durham, NC
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
52%
48%
student ratio
50
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 8
fall application deadline
17%
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered

Overview

Studying for a master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Duke prepares students for leadership in industry or future doctoral studies. Students are part of a highly regarded program that began as one of the world's first and continues to rank among the very best. Choose from a Master of Science (MS) or a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree.

Most of Duke's master's students go onto careers in the structural engineering, construction and environmental industries, where they work for leading firms and important national laboratories. About half of Duke CEE MS grads enter PhD programs, very often at Duke. Learn more about where Duke CEE master's students go and meet CEE alumni.

Benefits for Master's Students

Competitive applicants enjoy significant scholarship support, and all students benefit from a flexible, individualized curriculum for industry- or research-oriented careers, with two master's degree options. Students receive interdisciplinary training in engineering, science, and management, and project-based courses translate state-of-the-art research into experiential learning. Duke students work with dedicated career services and benefit from an industry advisory board and the Duke Alumni network.

Research and Career Support

At Duke CEE, students 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 their faculty.

Students in the Master of Engineering (MEng) program complete a required internship, gaining real-world experience and industry contacts. Duke provides dedicated career development services for all master's students including mock job-interview sessions, career fair preparation, and Duke's unique TechConnect events, which bring together tech companies and interested students for internships and job opportunities.

Welcoming, Inclusive Community

By choosing Duke, students join an engaged, diverse, and welcoming community that values and supports its community. Duke places great importance faculty-master's student interaction. Duke CEE graduate students also have representation in SAGE, Duke's graduate student association.

A Great Location

Duke's 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.

Durham, North Carolina enjoys a mild climate, acclaimed restaurants, a thriving arts scene, and an affordable cost of living. While a Duke degree can take someone anywhere in the United States and beyond, many students choose to remain in the Research Triangle region, which consistently ranks among the best places to live in the United States.

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 one to two years to earn the degree. Duke's 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 Duke's world-class faculty. Students choose from five study tracks: Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing, Engineering Environmental Geomechanics, and Geophysics, Dynamic Systems, Uncertainty, and Optimization, Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics, or Environmental Process Engineering.

Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil 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, and Geo-Systems.

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. The program draws from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and Nicholas School of the Environment-so students get the best of both faculty. MEng students take Core Industry Preparatory Courses and an internship, departmental requirements, and can further individualize studies through training in one of three areas of specialization: Ecohydrology and Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Environmental Process Engineering, and 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, or 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, or Engineering consulting.

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Those considering a PhD in civil and environmental engineering should be individuals interested in specialized research. Duke provides opportunities for students to publish with their faculty adviser, to present research at professional conferences, and to explore their field in a highly collaborative, cross-disciplinary working environment. The typical doctoral program is five (5) years.

Through programs like PhD Plus, students learn essential skills for their professional careers. Professional interests are most often realized through research and technology development careers.

Benefits for PhD Students

PhD students benefit from direct admission to a research group, full funding, plus conference & travel support, dedicated career development, such as the innovative PhD Plus program, Representation in SAGE, the graduate student association.

Advising and early introduction to research and to the research community are hallmarks of the Duke CEE PhD experience. Learn more about the PhD Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Location & Contact

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Pratt School of Engineering
Duke University

Box 90287 121 Hudson Hall
Durham, NC 27708
United States

Dr. John Dolbow

PhD Program

Email: cee-dgs@duke.edu

Ms. Susan Brown

Master's Programs

Email: pratt_masters@duke.edu

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Environmental Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Civil And Environmental Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 9
    • Doctoral Degrees 11
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

17% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 176
    • Accepted 30
    • Acceptance Rate 17
    • Enrolled 12
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $80
    • Application Fee - International $80
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 8th December 8th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsDecember 8
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students50
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students50
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian36%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student44%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty18
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage17%
    • Male Percentage83%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEnvironmental process engineering, hydrology and fluid dynamics, materials, structures and geo-systems
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

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