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Design & Technology Innovation Master of Engineering

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.

Our new Design & Technology Innovation Master of Engineering degree will help you develop skills to lead and deliver design- and technology-driven impact in any organization.

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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Cultivate in-demand skillsets, mindsets and toolsets.

 3 semesters. Unlimited possibilities.

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

You'll learn design and innovation frameworks and processes, merging technology and technology prototyping tools and approaches, and business and social impact.

Course Schedule

Under Development

Fall 1

  • Design Innovation Studio 1
  • Technology Design Core 1
  • Ethical Design, Innovation & 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!

Core course descriptions

 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 nation's leading innovation hubs.

  • Duke is audaciously ambitious. Connect across campus with world-class programs in engineering, medicine, business, law, public policy, the environment, humanities and many more disciplines. Duke is 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 metro. From technology titans like IBM and Cisco to dynamic health startups like Grail, innovation happens in our Research Triangle region.

Join A Dynamic Community of Practice in Innovation, Design & Emerging Technologies

The Pratt School of Engineering is home to leading-edge research and diverse electives and co-curricular activities related to design, technology & innovation. As a DTI student, you’ll have a transformative experience within our program—and you’ll also be part of a rich and diverse design and innovation ecosystem and community of practice. You’ll have a wide range of opportunities to grow and thrive as a design, innovation and technology leader.

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Core Courses

Core courses give you the foundations to excel in a variety of design, technology and innovation leadership roles. Here are some examples of core classes for Fall 2024.

DESIGNTK 520: Design Innovation Studio I

In this course, students will practice applying design and innovation frameworks and methodologies in the context of a client-based project. As the first in the series of three courses core to the program, Design Innovation Studio I will focus on human-centered design, design thinking, and systems thinking as critical frameworks to frame problems and opportunities along with the client. Key outcomes from the class will include (1) opportunities identified and supported by qualitative and quantitative data; (2) concept directions that will support Design Innovation Studio II; and (3) a portfolio of early-stage prototypes and provocations used to guide data collection.

DESIGNTK 530: Design Technology Core I

In this course, students will advance their skills related to two technical toolkits core to design innovation practice: hardware prototyping, primarily digital fabrication and interactive systems developing using single-board computing and microcontroller platforms; and, introductory data science and machine learning, for driving data-driven design work in both hardware and digital applications. The course revolves around extensive in-class experimentation; weekly skill-building assignments; three mini-projects; and a final individual project intended to serve as a portfolio-ready piece.

DESIGNTK 540: Design Ethics & Social Innovation

In this course, students will briefly review foundational design and innovation frameworks, understanding their history and contemporary critiques of them. Design methodologies and frameworks related to design ethics, design justice, participatory and co-design, social innovation and adjacent themes will be introduced. The course will involve a semester-long innovation project leveraging frameworks from the class, focused on a single client.

Photo: Master of Engineering students working in Duke's Innovation Co-Lab.

Career paths that span design, technology & innovation domains

Our core courses prepare you to be an innovation leader with a design and technology lens.

Based on your skills from undergrad, your choice of electives and co-curricular activities, and your areas of interest some of the career paths you will be well-positioned for include the following. This is by no means comprehensive—we’re very excited that our students will be prepared for not just today’s work, but the career fields of tomorrow.

Design Innovation-Focused Careers

  • Design Strategist
  • Design Researcher
  • Human-Centered Designer
  • Product Designer
  • UI/UX/Content Designer

Technology & Engineering-Focused Careers

  • Product Design Engineer
  • Prototyping Design Engineer
  • New Product Development Engineer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Creative Technologist
  • … and many more

Business & Impact-Focused Careers

  • Product Manager
  • Product Strategist
  • Technology Strategist
  • Emerging Technologies Analyst
  • Social Innovation Lead
  • … and many more

Photo: Duke Master of Engineering students collaborating on product design.

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At Duke, Students Lead in Design & Innovation

You'll be able to participate, learn from, and lead a wide range of design and innovation projects at Duke as a DTI student. Check out Duke’s range of student groups. One recent example was the Generative AI Hackathon, co-sponsored by the M.Eng in DTI, the M.Eng in AI, and Duke's AI Competition Club student group.

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