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Design & Technology Innovation Master of Engineering

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Don't just get ready for the future. Design it.

At Duke, we believe the integration of design, technology and business and social innovation is essential to driving positive future change. We’re excited to launch our new Design & Technology Innovation Master of Engineering degree to help you develop skills to lead and deliver design- and technology-driven impact in any organization.

Our curriculum helps you cultivate in-demand skillsets, mindsets, and toolsets in:

  1. Design and innovation frameworks and processes
  2. Emerging technology and technology prototyping tools and approaches
  3. Business and social impact

Along your master's degree journey, you’ll connect across Duke’s campus with world-class programs in business, medicine, humanities, policy, environment and more—while thriving in the unique innovation ecosystem of North Carolina’s Research Triangle region.

You’ll be well-positioned to pursue numerous career fields—from product management to user experience research to design engineering—and to lead innovation at the intersection of design and technology.

Join us and propel your career, shape how we engage with the next generation of technology, and design for tomorrow’s challenges today.

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Become a leader in design and technology innovation.

 3 semesters. Unlimited possibilities.

Duke's curriculum covers the fundamentals of design and technology innovation with a project-based, industry-centric approach.

Course Schedule

Under Development

Fall 1

  • Design Innovation Studio 1
  • Technology Design Core 1
  • Ethical Design, Innovation and Social Practice
  • Elective 1
  • Career Workshop & Seminar Series

Spring 1

  • Design Innovation Studio 2
  • Technology Design Core 2
  • Business Fundamentals for Engineers
  • Elective 2
  • Career Workshop & Seminar Series


  • Internship

Fall 2

  • Design Innovation Studio 3
  • Management of Design & Innovation
  • Technology Design 3
  • Elective 3
  • Internship Assessment
  • Career Workshop & Seminar Series

Sample Electives

  • Design Climate (2 semesters)
  • Design Health (3 semesters)
  • Design Defense
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • User Interface Design
  • Managing the Product Development Process
  • Data Science for Climate
  • New Product Development in Financial Technologies
  • Lean Launchpad
  • ... and many more!

 Master innovation design methods.

Learn to lead innovation even as design and tech evolve.

  • The lab meets the studio, meets the field. Boost both your technical prototyping and problem-solving skills while growing your design mindset and practice through a blend of lab-based technical classes and studio-based project classes – with a sharp focus on real-world innovation projects throughout.
  • Portfolio- and perspective-first. We’ll work with you to plan your career and portfolio from day one. You’ll be ready to build and pitch your unique point of view on design, technology and innovation to employers, funders, and your network.

 A top innovation ecosystem.

Thrive at a world-class university and immerse yourself in one of the leading innovation hubs in the US.

  • Duke is outrageously ambitious. Duke offers world-class programs in engineering, medicine, business, law, policy, environment, humanities and many more disciplines—making it the perfect place to cultivate your innovation mindset and nurture the next chapter of your career.
  • Connect with leading, innovative firms of all sizes that have a presence in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel-Hill region. From technology titans like IBM and Cisco to dynamic health startups like Grail, innovation happens here.

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