Engineering at Duke

“In 1984, Duke President Terry Sanford famously described the “outrageous ambitions” propelling Duke University's rise and rapid advance along the path of excellence. Our goals for Duke Engineering are very much in this dynamic Duke spirit. In undergraduate and graduate education, in research, in entrepreneurship and in service, we’re committed to leading boldly to shape this technological era by creating an environment that enables our community to achieve great things, and yes – be outrageously ambitious!”

Dean Ravi V. Bellamkonda

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Aerial view of the Duke University campus, showing the Harrington Engineering Quad

A Vibrant Teaching and Research Institution

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering is dedicated to training the next generation of leaders and exploring the frontiers of engineering to develop solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Equipped to combine technical expertise with broad perspectives, our graduates go on to become leaders and innovators who make a significant impact in their chosen careers.

A School on the Rise
  • Graduate student enrollment has grown by over 40% in the past five years
  • Duke now has 124 tenure-track faculty members in engineering—up 25% in the past decade
  • Our faculty rank among the top 10 in their fields in scholarly productivity
  • External research funding was $96+ million in FY2019
  • Duke ranks #11 among the world’s most innovative universities, #18 for undergraduate engineering and #24 for graduate engineering—and has been among the fastest-rising schools in the nation
Highly Ranked Programs
  • #3 in the U.S. in graduate biomedical engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • #3 in the U.S. in undergraduate biomedical engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • #7 in the U.S. in electrical engineering—College Factual
  • #10 in the U.S. in graduate environmental engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • #3 in the world in biomedical engineering—Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
  • #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering—Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
  • #13 among all U.S. engineering schools in per-faculty research funding—data from U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 10 Graduate Engineering Program Popular with Women—U.S. News & World Report
  • #20 on Business Insider's 50 Best Engineering Schools
  • #20 School for Undergraduate Engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • #26 School for Graduate Engineering—U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 25 Best Online Engineering Program, the Distributed Master of Engineering Management—U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential ($78,400 median pay with 0-5 years of work experience)—
  • Top 15 US college that pays off the most for engineering students—CNBC
  • #10 National University—U.S. News & World Report
  • #5 University—Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
  • #4 STEM University for Women—Forbes
Our Undergrads
  • 35 percent are women—U.S. engineering school average is 27 percent
  • 85 percent have jobs or job offers at the time of graduation
  • 86 percent participate in an internship, either in the U.S. or abroad
  • 62 percent have an intensive research experience with a faculty member
  • 54 percent study or intern abroad
  • Nearly a fifth publish or present a research paper off-campus
Our Graduate Students
  • 547 PhD students—greater than 20 percent enrollment growth in the last five years
  • 229 Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
  • 55 Distributed Master of Engineering Management (d-MEM)
  • 337 Master of Science (MS)
  • 113 Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • 16 percent of eligible current PhD students have received NSF or major fellowship awards
Our Faculty
  • 25 percent growth over the past five years
  • Leaders in faculty scholarly productivity—Academic Analytics 2017, published July 2019:
    • #1 in computer engineering
    • #5 in electrical engineering
    • #10 overall among U.S. Engineering schools
  • 51 spin-off companies started by Pratt faculty
  • 8 members of the National Academy of Engineering
Our Alumni
  • Noted for achievements in fields including engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, teaching, medicine and more
  • 25 members of the National Academy of Engineering


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