Effective Date: Applies to on-campus professional master’s students entering Duke for the first time for graduate work in fall 2020 and after
Last Updated: 2/11/2020
Program: Concurrent Degree Programs
While the cost of attendance falls on the student, the Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) makes every effort to financially support MEM and MF students with its limited resources.
The on-campus Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or Master of Forestry (MF) degree takes four semesters to complete (excluding summer terms) and a minimum of 48 credits on the NSOE transcript. Most financial aid offered by NSOE, both merit and need-based, is offered for the first year with the intention of the same amounts continuing into the second year provided the student remains in good standing (and, if applicable, there are no significant improvements in the student’s financial need status).
Any student who enrolls as a concurrent degree student or who is considering adding a concurrent degree program will incur additional tuition costs.
Concurrent degree students are required to submit the Concurrent Degree Survey and meet with the NSOE financial aid counselor prior to October 15 of their first year at Duke, regardless of where they begin their studies (Duke or UNC Chapel Hill) or in which degree program they enroll first.
Tuition and financial aid impacts vary depending on whether the additional degree program is pursued with another program at Duke or if it is at another university (e.g., UNC).
Pursuing a Concurrent Degree with another Duke School
Some NSOE students choose to pursue a concurrent degree with another professional school at Duke. Generally each Duke school involved agrees to reduce, by the equivalent of one semester, the number of credits the student must earn towards that particular degree. This reduction in credits acknowledges the work the student is doing towards the other degree. That is, each Duke school reduces their time in degree and the standard tuition by the equivalent of one semester. For the NSOE, the result is that a student is enrolled in the NSOE for the equivalent of three semesters: two semesters of full-time enrollment typically during their first year and then one additional semester spread out through the remaining terms of enrollment at Duke. (Information on impacts of tuition and financial aid for concurrent degree programs pursued with non-Duke programs is described below.)
NSOE students in a concurrent degree program with another Duke program will have a reduction made to their NSOE tuition charge to a new blended tuition rate, as well as a change in their NSOE financial aid award. Beginning with students entering Duke in fall 2020, in addition to an adjustment in the tuition charge, financial aid offered by NSOE for a student pursuing a concurrent degree will be also adjusted regardless of whether or not the student enters Duke as a concurrent degree student or adds another Duke degree at any point during their first year. The student will receive 10% of their original NSOE financial aid award, if offered, divided across three semesters: semester one and two during the first year at NSOE and semester three during the third year of enrollment at Duke. During the year of full-time enrollment at the other Duke school, the student will receive no financial aid from NSOE. All financial aid decisions regarding both merit-based and need-based aid for concurrent degree students are made in advance of the student's first year at Duke.
For example, If a student is offered $10,000 in merit-based aid per year and $10,000 in need-based aid per year from the NSOE, and pursues a three- or four-year concurrent degree program with another Duke professional school, the student’s tuition will be adjusted to a blended rate of the tuitions of the two Duke schools. Additionally, the student’s financial aid award from NSOE will be reduced to $1,000 in merit- and $1,000 in need-based aid ($2,000 total over the duration of enrollment at Duke) and be disbursed as follows:
- Year 1, full-time enrollment in NSOE: the student will receive a total of $1,333 in aid; $667 will be applied to the bursar account in the fall semester and $666 in the spring semester.
- Year 2, full-time enrollment in the other Duke school: the student will receive no financial aid from NSOE.
- Year 3, enrolled and taking classes in both Duke schools during each semester: the student will receive $667 applied directly to the student’s bursar account towards tuition and fees; amount may be split between fall and spring or applied fully to the fall semester of the third year.
- Year 4, (if applicable): enrolled and taking classes in both schools during each semester; the student will receive no financial aid from NSOE.
Pursuing a Concurrent Degree within the Nicholas School or with a Non-Duke School
Students pursuing the MEM concurrently with the MF are not subject to the same reductions in financial aid as indicated above, as both degrees are NSOE degrees. In addition, students pursuing the MEM or MF concurrently with a non-Duke program are also not subject to the same reductions in financial aid, as tuition is assessed separately by each institution. However, both of these student populations must attend the scheduled meeting with the NSOE financial aid counselor and submit the Concurrent Degree Survey.