Energy Education Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Minor in Energy Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering

The Minor in Energy Engineering offers Duke Bachelor of Science in Engineering candidates rigorous exposure to fundamentals of energy engineering and an opportunity to make a difference in some of the defining challenges of our time. Graduates will be well-prepared for careers focused on engineering solutions to energy-related issues, including energy generation, delivery, conversion and efficiency. Students can mold their educational program to their professional specialty by selecting courses from a number of electives.

Certificate in Energy and the Environment, Pratt School of Engineering and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

This certificate program provides Duke undergraduates with an understanding of the breadth of issues that confront our society in its need for clean, affordable and reliable energy. An expertise in energy will expand career options in the private, non-profit, government and academic sectors. The goal of the Certificate is to develop innovative thinkers and leaders who understand the energy system as a whole and the important interconnections among policy, markets, technology and the environment.

The Gendell Center for Energy and the Environment is the central focus of an Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering initiative that will prepare students to tackle significant societal problems related to environmental quality, and sustainable energy and security.

Professional Programs

Master of Environmental Management (MEM) (pdf), Nicholas School of the Environment

A professional program designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively address energy and environmental challenges. Students who pursue the Energy and Environment program area will be well prepared for positions in the corporate, government and non-government sectors.

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Fuqua School of Business

The MBA Energy and Environment Concentration enables students to dive deeper into issues of clean technologies, energy policy, carbon markets, environmental law, and corporate sustainability. Students pursuing this concentration are immersed in the energy industry, learning how energy and environmental issues affect businesses now and in the future.

In July 2013, Fuqua extended its offerings with the approval of a new MBA Concentration in Energy Finance.  The new concentration, which is an addition to the school’s existing MBA Concentration in Energy & Environment, will give MBAs a chance to dive deeper on issues of project finance, markets and trading, corporate finance, and risk management, with a grounding in the specifics of global energy markets.

Master of Engineering Management (MEMP), Pratt School of Engineering

This interdisciplinary program prepares engineering and science graduates to become future industry leaders, and is administered with the support of the Fuqua School of Business and School of Law. The MEMP combines a core management curriculum with a master's level technical education, an internship, and an intensive seminar and workshop series.

Master of Engineering (ME), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering

A non-thesis graduate program providing training with a real-world focus involving a broad understanding of business, leadership, communication, and innovation. Students take full advantage of Duke as a research institution and graduates are ready to tackle industry challenges in fields of project design, product development, and engineering design.

Master of Public Policy (MPP), Sanford School of Public Policy

This professional program prepares students for careers as analysts, managers and leaders in various levels of government, non-profit organizations, and corporations in domestic and international locations. The MPP has a policy-focused curriculum emphasizing the tools and methods of rigorous analysis while also offering courses in ethics, management, and leadership to round out development of essential skills.

Juris Doctor (JD), Duke Law School

Currently one of the strongest groups on environmental law in the country, Duke Law offers courses on U.S. and international environmental law, energy law, climate change law, and related topics. Duke is the only top school in the country that allows students to earn both a law degree and a master's degree in three years. This dual degree program allows for maximum flexibility by encouraging students to chart a course of specialized study.

Concurrent Professional Degree Programs

Students enrolling in professional programs have the opportunity to seek concurrent degrees with Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (MBA), the Pratt School of Engineering (MEMP), the Nicholas School of the Environment (MEM), the School of Law (JD), and the Sanford School of Public Policy (MPP). To be considered for concurrent degrees, students apply to both programs in separate applications. Students enrolled in the concurrent programs may work toward both degrees simultaneously, reducing total tuition and time in residence. 

Doctoral Programs

The focus of Duke’s doctoral programs is to prepare students for careers in research and teaching in higher education and other institutions. Doctoral degree programs are appropriate for students desiring to concentrate their study and research within a well-defined subject area and pursue fewer and more advanced topics to a greater depth than students in professional degree programs. Doctoral students also emphasize research as a major part of their degree programs. A comprehensive list of Ph.D. programs is offered by Duke University Graduate School.

While graduate students with an interest in energy could be found in almost any of Duke’s doctoral programs, greater concentrations of energy-related research can be found at the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP), Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy

The first Ph.D. program in the world jointly coordinated by a school of the environment and a school of public policy. UPEP offers doctoral students the opportunity to conduct research leveraging the breadth of expertise across two world-class academic and research institutions, in coordination with the Departments of Economics and Political Science.