Fall 2021 Welcome Message from the MEM Academic Coordinator

Greetings, incoming MEM Fall 2021 students!

Congratulations and welcome to Duke! You are one day closer to the beginning of your graduate degree. I hope you are as excited as we are to have you join the Master of Engineering Management Program. My name is Katie Douglas and I am the academic coordinator for MEM. My role here is to assist students and faculty and to provide support to facilitate the academic experience.

We know that you have career goals and ideas about your future, and we want to make sure you achieve those goals. We also want you to be able to get the best experience you can on your educational journey with us here at the Pratt School of Engineering.


By now, you should have received an email from Bridget Kerwin, the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programs and Services in the Pratt School of Engineering, with a New Student Checklist. The items on this list are critically important to help you successfully transition to graduate school. Please complete the items on this checklist according to the deadlines given. Additional reminders to complete these checklist items will be sent out throughout the next few months as you prepare for your arrival on campus in August.

Attached you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from incoming MEM students. Please review these, as they will answer many of the questions you likely have about starting the MEM Program. In addition, please review the Bulletin of the Pratt School of Engineering, which contains a plethora of information about Pratt and MEM policies. (Note: The current bulletin linked is for the 2020-2021 academic year. The 2021-2022 Bulletin will be available later this summer.)


The Fall 2021 course list will be made available to students on June 28 when shopping carts open, and course registration for Fall 2021 will begin on July 7. You will use the DukeHub system to register for your courses. For guides about navigating DukeHub and registering for courses in DukeHub, please click here.

The Fall 2021 academic calendar is available here. The first day of the Fall 2021 semester will be August 23. While Duke anticipates offering classes in-person for students who are in Durham, we understand that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created travel and visa challenges for our international students. Therefore, the MEM Program will be offering classes both on-campus and online in Fall 2021, to accommodate those students who are unable to travel to the United States within 30 days of the Fall semester start date. Those students who are in Durham will be expected to take classes in-person on campus, but separate sections of courses will be offered for those students who will be learning online. Additional information about in-person and online courses will be provided closer to registration time.


The MEM Program will be offering a number of optional virtual events this summer to incoming students to get to know one another, to connect with faculty and staff in the program, and to begin engaging with Duke and the Pratt community. Please be on the lookout for emails from Carolyn Gilbert, the Assistant Director of Student Services in the MEM Program, for more information about these events in the coming weeks.

In addition, I will be offering virtual office hours via Zoom every Tuesday from 9:00AM-11:00AM (Eastern Time), beginning May 25, to answer questions you may have about MEM Program academics (e.g., course registration, policies, etc.).


As a part of providing students with an excellent educational experience, we want to ensure you are getting career, academic and professional mentoring and advice. We want all students to have someone they can speak to if they have questions about a certain course. With that in mind, we will be assigning an academic advisor to you before you arrive at Duke. However, we want your input to ensure you are paired with an advisor whose expertise and career interests mirror your own.

Please fill out this survey by June 23 to let us know what your interests are so that we can pair you with the advisor that will best fit your needs. Your advisor will be a great resource to you for course and career questions during your graduate studies. Advisors will be assigned the first week of August. You will be emailed with the name and contact information for your academic advisor after they are assigned to you.

Finally, for answers to many of the questions that you have about the MEM Program, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions document included here:
MEM Campus Incoming Student FAQs-final

If you have additional questions or concerns, or if there is any way that I can be helpful, please let me know. I am here to serve as a resource for you! 

Again, we are excited to have you join the Master of Engineering Management Program and look forward to seeing you this fall. Go Duke!


Fall 2021 – Welcome to Duke!

We are excited to welcome you to Duke!

This is the first of several onboarding messages you will receive from Graduate Student Programs and Services (GSPS) betweennow and the start of your program. Our goal is to help you efficiently prepare to join us as an engineering master’s student.Please be sure to read each of our messages carefully.

To set you up for a successful transition, we have put together the Engineering Master’s Programs New Student Checklist. Besure to click on the checklist link, which will provide detailed information about each of the required tasks. And mostimportantly, please pay very close attention to the deadlines!

Engineering Master’s Programs New Student Checklist

  1. Activate Your NetID and Set Up Your Duke Email – immediately!
  2. Submit All Required Visa Documents (international students only) – immediately!
  3. Research Local Housing Options – immediately!
  4. Submit Proof of Immunizations – June 15 deadline
  5. Register for Courses – opens July 7
  6. Review Transportation and Parking Options – before July 15
  7. Review the Duke Student Medical Insurance Requirements – before July 15
  8. Upload Your Photo for Your DukeCard – July 15 deadline
  9. Enter in Your Preferred Name – July 15 deadline
  10. Request Reasonable Accommodations for a Disability (if applicable) – before July 15
  11. Familiarize Yourself with Duke Technology Resources – before August 1
  12. Review Duke Community Standard – before August 1
  13. Submit Official Transcript – before August 15
  14. Arrive On Campus! – TBD
  15. Attend New Student Orientation – TBD

Upcoming Communication

The GSPS team will continue to be in touch throughout the summer to remind you about your onboarding requirements anddeadlines. We will also be sharing valuable resources and information that is helpful for you to become familiar with before yourarrival. In addition to our messages, you will receive communications directly from your program/department, internationalstudents can expect to hear from Duke’s International House, and Master of Science (MS) students will hear from Duke’sGraduate School.


We invite you to reach out to Graduate Student Programs and Services (pratt-masters-studentservices@duke.edu) at any time.We are here to support you!

Warm regards,

Bridget Kerwin