The Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University is a vibrant teaching and research institution focused on exploring the frontiers of engineering. In addition to providing a comprehensive engineering program, students are encouraged to pursue a multidisciplinary course of study suited to their interests and talents. Teaching is viewed as a partnership where students and faculty share the responsibility to excel.
It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in biomedical, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. It also offers professional master’s degrees in engineering and engineering management, as well as several certificates in specific areas, like aerospace engineering and energy and the environment.
Over the past ten years, Pratt has been among the fastest-growing engineering schools of the top-tier schools, and over the past five years, it has been the fastest-rising in U.S. News & World Report rankings of top engineering schools.
The Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University has an application deadline of December 8. The application fee is $80 for U.S. residents and $80 for international students. Its tuition is full-time: $48,922 per year and part-time: $2,765 per credit. The 2014 Ph.D. student-faculty ratio is 4.1:1. Pratt has 125 full-time faculty on staff.
Graduate students at Duke University’s Pratt School can partner with faculty and outside researchers to delve into topics ranging from biomechanics to thermodynamics at one of nearly 30 research centers, laboratories, and facilities housed at the school’s Durham, N.C., campus. Major research centers at Pratt include the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, which has research programs such as quantum optics and information photonics, and the Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering, which focuses on protein, cellular, and tissue engineering.
The diverse range of research opportunities complements the degree offerings at Pratt School. Graduate students can earn a master of science, a master of engineering, or a master of engineering management from the one of the school’s engineering departments: biomedical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, mechanical and materials, and engineering management.
In addition to classroom and research opportunities, graduate students at Pratt can participate in student groups such as the Engineering Graduate Student Council or the Civil and Environmental Engineering Student Council. The school also has special interest groups that include the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association and Women in Science and Engineering. A range of professional societies also have student chapters at Pratt.
Notable alumni from the Pratt School of Engineering include Sylvia Earle, former chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.