MD/Master of Engineering Dual Degree Program at Duke University MD candidates in Duke’s School of Medicine have the option of adding the Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in a 5-year program.
Students spend four years (Years 1, 2, 4 and 5) in medical school to fulfill the MD curriculum requirements, and one year (Year 3) to take the required MEng courses.
All Ph D students should discuss their plans with their faculty advisor for their research program and with the DMS for their major of interest.
When applying for the MEng degree, he/she should indicate they are already a Ph D student and plan to do the MEng concurrently with his/her Ph D.
In the fourth year, students work on development of new technologies or engineering approaches (including optimization/system analysis or feasibility analysis, etc.) for improving human health and write a thesis, for which they will receive School of Medicine credit in fulfillment of their Third Year thesis requirement.
The MD curriculum requirements for typical Years 1, 2, and 4 (Year 5 for dual students) remain unchanged by this program.To facilitate this, Ph D students may utilize their Ph D courses to fulfill the technical course requirements of the MEng degree (i.e., the eight noncore course requirements) if those courses meet the curricular requirements of the MEng major of interest.Thus, Ph D students may obtain the MEng degree by adding the two MEng core courses to their coursework and fulfilling the internship requirements.If a 4 1 student desires to take graduate level electives classes that are not available to undergraduates, a 4 1 student should take these courses in the fifth year of study.Trinity students need to plan their undergraduate courses carefully to ensure they allow room in their schedule for graduate level courses in their senior year.Students without room in their senior year may require more than one additional year to complete the MEng degree – contact us for more information. "The 4 1 MEng Program was the perfect opportunity for me to spend one more year on a beautiful campus, earn my Master’s degree, and share my alma mater with MEng peers from around the world.The Civil MEng program allowed me to take my structural engineering education to the next level while gaining an introduction to the business side of the industry.For example, if you want to take the classes in Spring, you'd apply for Spring admission to hear back by December 1 of your senior year.Though admitted to MEng while undergraduates, 4 1 students will remain an undergraduate for four years before becoming an MEng student in the fifth year.If a student does not obtain a Ph D, only four of the technical courses taken as a Ph D student may be applied to the MEng degree.The other four technical MEng course requirements and the MEng core courses must be taken after enrollment in the MEng Program.