M.Sc. On Campus

Civil and Environmental Engineering (Systems, Risk and Decision track)

24 months
60220 USD/year
60220 USD/year
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The Master of Science (MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Systems, Risk and Decision track) programme offered by Duke University provides a solid foundation of rigorous training and research experience to propel your career, focused on discovery and engineering of improved materials, processes, phenomena and devices.


The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Systems, Risk and Decision track) programme at Duke University emphasizes a systems approach, the use of statistical decision theory, and the leveraging of large data sets to assess the potential for extreme events and their consequences.

The curriculum provides students with specialized training in risk assessment, the analysis of hazard mitigation technologies, and the design of resilient systems while deepening a student's expertise in one or more engineering disciplines.

The track includes courses in mathematical modeling, optimization, risk assessment, and decision theory, as well as courses that more explicitly integrate methods and applications.

Master's Career Outcomes

A master's degree from Duke University open opportunities for success.

Most graduates of our master's programs have gone on to careers at leading engineering, construction, consulting and technology firms, while others have pursued further study at leading academic institutions.

At Duke University, you become part of a close-knit community of faculty who are tackling the tricky, messy problems that don't fit neatly inside traditional disciplines. Our research, teaching, and hallway discussions focus on pushing the boundaries.


Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Linear Systems Theory 
  • Numerical Optimization  
  • Modeling of Environ., Chem., and Biol. Processes 
  • Applied Partial Differential Equations 
  • Ordinary Differential Equations 
  • Numerical Lin. Algebra, Opt. and Monte Carlo Simul
  • Energy Technology and Impact on the Environment
  • Energy and the Environment 
  • Modeling for Energy Systems
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for Health and Environ. Policy
  • The Water-Energy Nexus
  • Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Analysis 
  • Bayesian Inference & Decision 
  • Bayesian Inference for Environmental Models 
  • Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • Continuum Mechanics 
  • Ecohydrology 
  • Environmental Aquatic Chemistry 
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Transport Phenomena 
  • Fate and Behavior of Organic Contaminants 
  • Finite Element Analysis 
  • Game Theory with Applications
  • Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
  • Inverse Problems in Geosciences and Engineering 
  • Physical Chemical Processes in Environ. Engineering 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution (transcripts required, including an estimated GPA and a grade scale)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Three recommendations
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or equivalent—official results
  • English Language Testing (TOEFL or IELTS)—official results 
  • Interview and/or a video introduction
  • Nonrefundable application fee of US$75— paid by credit card, or by a check made payable to Duke University

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30110 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    60220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30110 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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