General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 21
  • Students: 60
  • Part time study available: Yes
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadlines: January 4
Application Info


Michael Bergin
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
121 Hudson Hall
Duke University
Box 90287
Durham, NC 27708-0287
(919) 660-5200




Program Description

Programs of advanced course work and research are available within the two areas of inquiry within the department: materials, structures and geo-systems; and environmental engineering. Within the latter area two tracks of study exist: hydrology and environmental fluid dynamics; and environmental health engineering.

At Duke CEE, you can choose your path from among these study tracks:

Research Areas

Within these broad categories, particular areas of strength exist in

  • new computational paradigms and experimental dynamics for complex structural systems, including research on nonlinearity;
  • environmental geomechanics and geophysics, including chemo-mechanical couplings;
  • control in material and structural design, including mechatronics;
  • micro- and nano-structured materials;
  • deterministic and stochastic water resources and contaminant hydrology;
  • energy/environment interactions; global and regional water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles;
  • ocean-land-atmosphere interactions, including eco-hydrology and remote sensing of the environment; and
  • biological and chemical aspects of pollution and its remediation in water, air and soil, including the application and implications of nanomaterials in the environment and molecular biotechnology.

Interdisciplinary research programs are a particular interest of our faculty, especially in the areas of structural control, chemo-mechanics, eco-hydrology, remote sensing. The department also supports new multi-disciplinary research thrusts in the area of energy and the environment.

Well-equipped laboratories include the Computational Mechanics Laboratory, the Seismic Response Control Laboratory, and Environmental Engineering laboratories that house a wide range of instrumentation for studying physical, chemical, and biological phenomena.

Intense cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as cross-listed course offerings with Duke Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, presents additional resources for graduate students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadlines: January 4

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General (Optional)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Writing Sample
None required

Additional Components
Masters: Providing a recorded video response is required. The video recording platform is available within the online application.

PhD: Providing a recorded video response is optional but recommended. The video response gives you an opportunity to strengthen your application and in the case of some international students, can help us assess your English language skills. Completion of a video can potentially negate the need for a live language interview later on in the application process. If you choose to include a video, the video recording platform is available within the online application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance (Masters)