Why Pursue Concurrent Degrees?

Pursuing one of our 11 concurrent degree options allows students to gain skills, experience and networking connections in two fields and create their own specialized area of expertise with a broad but flexible skillset that can increase their marketability.

Concurrent Degree Options

Master of Environment Management (MEM) + Master of Forestry (MF)

With careful planning of their curriculum, students can earn both the MEM and the MF degrees concurrently. Determination of eligibility for the degrees will be made on an individual basis and will consider the educational background and objectives of the student. The requirements for earning both degrees are:

  • The student must qualify for either the MEM or MF degree by earning 48 units of credit
  • For the second degree, the student must complete an additional 24 units of study that, in combination with courses taken for the first degree, meet the substance of the requirements for the second degree.
  • Two additional semesters in residence are normally required, although, with careful planning, the student may be able to complete both professional degrees in a total of five semesters.
  • One Master’s Project is required. Students completing both MEM and MF degrees write one MP that includes subject matter suitable to both forestry and the MEM program area (this requirement applies also to students who elect to do group MPs).

To facilitate course planning, you will have a coursework adviser for each program (but just one MP adviser). Fill out a course planning form for each of the degree programs, showing 48 credits under the primary degree and 24 credits under the secondary degree. To show where you are using courses taken for credit under the primary degree to meet requirements of the secondary degree, put parentheses around the courses (to indicate that the substance of the course meets the program requirements, but the credits do not count toward the 24 for the second degree).

MEM/MF students need have only one MP adviser and participate in only one MP seminar. The MP seminar would usually be the one for the primary degree (the one where the student is completing 48 credits), but it’s possible that the MP adviser might be affiliated with the secondary degree program, or be the adviser of a group MP, in which case it would make more sense for the student to participate in the MP seminar for the secondary degree or for the group MPs. To verify that the MP covers both forestry and the MEM program subject area, the signatures on the MP proposal must include both the student’s forestry adviser and the student’s MEM adviser, as well as the MP adviser (in most cases, the MP adviser is likely to also be filling one of these other roles and could sign in both places). If the subject matter of the MP changes after the proposal is signed, it is the responsibility of the student to check with both the forestry adviser and the MEM adviser to be sure that the new topic also satisfies the requirement to include both MF and MEM subject matter.

MEM or MF + Master of Business Administration

Duke's concurrent MEM/MBA and MF/MBA offerings are two of the most prestigious business and environment degree programs in the world, and are supported by resources at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Fuqua School of Business, and Duke's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment.  

Students also have the option of concurrently completing an MEM/MBA or MF/MBA with UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Why a Concurrent MEM/MBA or MF/MBA Degree?

Duke's MEM/MBA and MF/MBA programs are highly customizable, allowing students the opportunity to draw on world-class resources across the entire Duke campus, including not only the Nicholas School and Fuqua, but also interdisciplinary resources like the Duke University Energy Initiative.

Concurrent degree students are fully immersed at both the Nicholas School and Fuqua during their time at Duke—when they graduate, they feel equally at home among CEOs and financial analysts as they are among scientists and policymakers. You’ll find MEM/MBA alums is leadership roles at organizations such as Tesla, Nike (Sustainable Business & Innovation group), GE Energy Ventures, Vestas, Pacific Gas & Electric, Amazon (sustainability department), and ClearPath Foundation.

Student Profiles

MEM/MBA and MF/MBA students come to Duke with an incredible diversity of backgrounds and interests—from clean-tech entrepreneurship to sustainable agriculture, corporate sustainability, impact investing, and many, many more. The MEM/MBA and MF/MBA community is truly a family, with alumni returning frequently to campus and life-long bonds forged through extracurricular, social, and experiential learning opportunities.

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Handbook

For more information about policies and requirements, view the Nicholas-Fuqua Business & Environment Concurrent Degree Programs Student Handbook.

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Standardized Exams

The Nicholas School of the Environment applauds students wishing to pursue the professional MEM or MF degree concurrently with the MBA. In order to facilitate the application and admissions process, the Nicholas School will accept valid GMAT scores in lieu of the GRE under the following conditions:

  1. The applicant is applying simultaneously to the Nicholas School for the MEM or MF and to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business or UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School for the MBA. The applicant must indicate on his/her/their application that he/she/they is a concurrent degree applicant so that the admissions committee will know to consider the GMAT score in the admission review process. Students applying solely to Kenan-Flagler and not to Fuqua must have official GMAT scores sent to the Nicholas School (Duke code: 5156). The GMAT score must be valid and official at the time of application.
  2. The applicant is already enrolled at either Fuqua or Kenan-Flagler and decides to apply for the MEM or MF as a concurrent degree. In his/her/their Nicholas School application the student must specify which MBA program he/she/they is currently enrolled in. In the case of a current Kenan-Flagler student, the applicant must have official, valid GMAT scores sent to the Nicholas School (Duke code: 5156).

For additional information about all standardized test requirements, see How to Apply

Degree Program Sequencing

There is room for some flexibility in sequencing a concurrent degree program, but there are some usual patterns for each concurrent degree combination. If you are beginning your studies in the business school, rather than in the Nicholas School, be sure to come to the Nicholas School early in your first semester to meet with your Nicholas School adviser, who will help you coordinate course selection for the two programs.

Concurrent degree MEM/MBA or MF/MBA students usually begin with one full year at the Nicholas School, then a full year at Fuqua; this tends to complement Fuqua’s summer internships program (and, for those going to Kenan-Flagler at UNC, allows them to establish NC residency for tuition purposes), but it is possible to begin with a year in either school. In the third year, students combine Nicholas School and Fuqua courses. In order to register for Nicholas School courses during the third year, students will meet with their Nicholas School course work adviser to receive registration clearance, and to ensure they are selecting the appropriate "career" (Fuqua or NSOE) for each course.

At least 36 units of credit within the Nicholas School are required to receive the MEM or MF degree; these include 4 to 6 units for the Master’s Project. Students electing to pursue the MEM or MF concurrently with the MBA must complete requirements for both degrees before either degree will be awarded. Because of the academic demands of these degrees, those entering without the necessary analytical skills or life science background may be required to take additional work beyond that specified

Additional Considerations

  • Since Fuqua courses are usually offered M/Th or Tu/F (as well as in different time blocks from the rest of Duke), students taking classes in both Fuqua and the Nicholas School in the same semester might experience scheduling conflicts. It is important to consider Fuqua’s terms each semester when scheduling Nicholas School courses in order to avoid such conflicts.
  • MEM/MBA or MF/MBA Students in Nicholas School program areas that specifically require statistics (EE, ESC, EEH, EEP, FRM) may fulfill the requirement by taking Applied Data Analysis for Environmental Science (ENVIRON 710), or by counting the content (but not the credit) of Statistical Forecasting (DECISION 614) at Fuqua. Students in other Nicholas School program areas have a broader selection of courses to meet this quantitative/tool requirement.
  • MEM/MBA students in the Business & Environment program area complete a modified curriculum track specifically developed so they can take full advantage of our depth in environmental natural and physical science.

MEM or MF + Master of Public Policy

As issues concerning natural resources and the environment become increasingly significant, a corresponding need has developed for well-trained policy analysts who can provide timely and appropriate information and analysis to policymakers.

The concurrent MEM/MPP or MF/MPP degrees provides training in the politics and economics of resource and environmental policymaking. Emphasis is placed on understanding the social and political forces involved, developing facility with quantitative and logical methods of forecasting and evaluating policy consequences. Knowledge of the uses and limitations of policy analysis and an awareness of the ethical dimensions of policy choice are also stressed. The concurrent degree takes three years to complete. The first year is typically devoted to study in the Sanford School of Public Policy, the second year is spent in the Nicholas School and the third year is divided between the two schools.

  • At least 36 units of credit within the Nicholas School are required to receive the MEM or MF degree.
  • A summer internship with a resource or environmental agency, or with a related legislative, judicial or interest group, is required for the MPP degree.
  • Students must apply to and be accepted by both the Nicholas School and the Duke University Graduate School.

For detailed information on the MPP degree, e-mail to MPPadmit@duke.edu or write to the Admissions Office, 171-B Rubenstein Hall, Duke University, Box 90243, Durham, NC 27708-0243, or visit the Sanford School of Public Policy website.

Standardized Exams

Applicants wishing to pursue the MEM or MF concurrently with the MPP will need to submit an official GRE score. To find additional information about all standardized test requirements, see Application Materials & Deadlines.

Degree Program Sequencing

It is generally preferable for students wishing to pursue an MEM/MPP or MF/MPP concurrent degree program to begin their studies with the first academic year in public policy, taking 27 or 30 credits, and then completing the required MPP summer internship. The second and third years are spent in the Nicholas School, completing both MEM /MF and MPP coursework, including PUBPOL 807 and 808, and the Nicholas School and MPP masters projects (or a single combined MP – see MP Advising below).  Alternatively, students who have completed the Nicholas School prerequisites can begin with one year in the Nicholas School and then go to Public Policy for the second year, returning to the Nicholas School for their final semesters.

Students who start with two semesters in the Nicholas School and then go to Public Policy may be waived out of some of the first-year Public Policy courses. Students lacking Nicholas School prerequisites should start in Public Policy. Students following either sequence should consult with advisers from the other program during their first year in order to choose Public Policy and Nicholas School masters projects on related topics (if doing two MPs) or the same topic (if doing one MP). Most students will need three years to complete both coursework and MP requirements. Public Policy credits: 39; Nicholas School credits: 36.

MEM/MPP concurrent degree students can waive the Nicholas School Professional Communications course (ENVIRON 800) with Policy Analysis I & II at Sanford. If you end up dropping the MPP program prior to taking Policy Analysis I & II, you will still be required to take the Professional Communications course.

MP Advising

Students who have both MPP and MEM or MF masters projects to complete may opt to do two separate MPs on related topics, or one combined MP on one topic. If doing two separate MPs, it’s a good idea to try to coordinate the topics of your MPP and MEM or MF projects so you can be getting background for one while working on the other. Remember, however, that the two MPs have different requirements and different aims, and if you are doing two separate MPs, they must be two separate pieces of work. Consult with your Nicholas School adviser when you are choosing your MPP masters project topic, and vice versa, in order to coordinate topics for both. Students working on a group MP in the Nicholas School must choose the two MP option. For more information about the combined MP option, click here >

Other Tips

  • Students should contact Genille Anderson, director of MPP student services and program development (genille.anderson@duke.edu; 919-613-9207) for MPP program course of study information or Misty Brindle, director of financial aid (misty.brindle@duke.edu; 919-613-9204) for financial information.
  • Nicholas School faculty generally encourage concurrent MPP students to choose MEM/MF programs other than Environmental Economics and Policy in order to maximize the added value of the concurrent degree, but it is nevertheless possible to choose the EEP program for a concurrent MPP degree.
  • If you are doing a client-centered Sanford MP, make sure your MPP summer internship after your 1st year will yield a client and topic for your MPP MP, since it can be hard to find one later during your Nicholas School program.
  • If you are doing two separate MPs, get an MPP MP adviser early in the fall of your final year (or earlier). Students spending the second year in the Nicholas School may need to start looking for an MPP MP topic and adviser in late spring. For the MPP MP, choose an adviser whose primary appointment is in Public Policy. Students working on a group MP in the Nicholas School must choose the two MP option. For more information about the combined MP option, click here >.
  • All MEM/MPPs or MF/MPPs register for Master's Project I (PUBPOL 807) in their final (3rd fall) semester. Students completing two separate MPs, once for Sanford and one for the Nicholas School, will also register for Master's Project II (PUBPOL 808) in their final spring. Students completing a combined MP will not register for PUBPOL 808.

MEM or MF + Juris Doctor in Environmental Law

Duke’s four-year concurrent MEM/JD or MF/JD degree prepares students to forge a sustainable future through leadership in national and international law and legal practices.  The ability to apply scientific, management, legal and regulatory knowledge for the resolution of environmental and natural resources issues is at the forefront of our programs.

Why a Concurrent MEM/JD or MF/JD Degree?

There is a growing demand for resource managers and scientists who have legal credentials; similarly, attorneys are facing more situations in which knowledge of natural resources and the environmental sciences is critical to the resolution of disputes. To satisfy these demands, the Nicholas School and the School of Law have a cooperative arrangement to allow pursuit of concurrent Master of Environmental Management and Juris Doctor degrees.

Learn More

Interested students should visit the Duke Law's concurrent degree academic advising page to learn more, or contact Amanda Lacoff, assistant dean for academic Initiatives, Duke Law, for more information. At the Nicholas School, contact Deb Gallagher, director of professional studies; Erika Lovelace, registrar; or Cindy Peters, assistant dean, student services, for information about the program.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Nicholas School of the Environment applauds students wishing to pursue the professional MEM or MF degree concurrently with the JD. Please note, however, that separate applications are required for concurrent degree programs:

PROGRAM DETAILS

For students in the concurrent MEM or MF/JD program:

  • The Nicholas School requires 36 units of credit, including a Master’s Project.
  • The School of Law requires 87 units of law credit, 12 units of which may be satisfied through courses taken in the Nicholas School.

Typically, a student will complete the first year of study in the School of Law and the second in the Nicholas School. During the third and fourth years, the student will take a combination of courses in both schools. MEM/JD or MF/JD candidates must apply to and be accepted by both the Nicholas School of the Environment and the School of Law. Students electing to pursue the MEM or MF concurrently with the JD must complete requirements for both degrees before either degree will be awarded.

Applicants pursuing the concurrent MEM/JD or MF/JD will need to submit an official LSAT score to the Duke School of Law and an official GRE score to the Nicholas School.

If you are in the EEP program, where Environmental Law is a core course, you will want to take this course for Law credits rather than for NS credits.

EEP concurrent students may want to take their 3 science courses in a variety of areas, rather than in just one, for broader preparation for environmental law.

Students in programs other than EEP should try to take all the required science courses for their MEM degrees during the year they spend in the NS, since it may be difficult to schedule these in conjunction with Law courses during the 3rd and 4th years.

MEM or MF + Master of Arts in Teaching

International concern for protecting our ecosystems has led to an increased need in recent decades to educate citizens on the challenges facing our environment. Numerous education programs are now aimed at K-12 students as well as the general population. Environmental education is of increasing importance to those who prepare to teach, particularly in the sciences.

Duke’s concurrent degree program between the Nicholas School and the Graduate School allows students to meet this challenge by earning an MEM or MF (MEM) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

In this concurrent degree program:

  • To earn the MEM or MF degree students must complete 36 units of credit in the Nicholas School, including a Master’s Project.
  • For the MAT degree, students will complete 30 units of credit, including a full-year teaching internship and all requirements for the North Carolina teaching licensure in comprehensive science at the high school level.

Competencies required by the state will be met through undergraduate courses taken prior to admission to Duke, science courses taken as part of the MAT or courses taken as part of the MEM or MF. Students will normally enroll in the MAT program during the summer and then complete an academic year of student teaching and MAT coursework prior to enrolling in the MEM or MF program for three semesters. Students electing to pursue the MEM or MF concurrently with the MAT must complete requirements for both degrees before either degree will be awarded.

Students must apply to and be accepted by both the Nicholas School and the Graduate School of Duke University, citing the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Students admitted to the MAT program in comprehensive science must hold an undergraduate degree in one of the natural sciences with significant undergraduate preparation in biology and chemistry. Organic chemistry is required. Questions concerning the MAT degree should be addressed to the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Duke University, Box 90093, Durham, NC 27708-0093; telephone (919) 684-4353.

DEGREE PROGRAM SEQUENCING

Do the MAT first (one summer plus the following academic year), followed by 3 semesters in the Nicholas School (fall, spring, fall).  It is possible to come to the Nicholas School first, starting in January, but the MAT program needs to know exactly when you will be coming into that program in order to arrange student teaching assignments.  Sometimes MAT courses can satisfy prerequisites needed for the Nicholas School (e.g., statistics). MAT credits: 30; Nicholas School credits: 36.

OTHER TIPS

MAT students should take some Nicholas School courses as part of their science courses for the MAT degree (these can satisfy the substance of Nicholas School requirements, but the credits count for the MAT). See note below on Graduate School enrollment requirements.

GRADUATE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (MAT)

The Graduate School requires that you be registered at Duke continuously (or on official leave of absence). This requirement is satisfied either by your registration in your Graduate School degree program (MAT) or by your registration in the Nicholas School (MEM or MF).

The Graduate School further requires that you be registered in the Graduate School during the semester in which you complete all your requirements for your Graduate School degree (MAT). Students in the MAT program who find themselves using the Nicholas School “grace period” to finish their NS MPs should make sure that they request a “joint degree leave of absence” from the Graduate School for the period until they complete all requirements for both degrees.

MEM or MF + Master of Engineering Management Program

Duke’s concurrent MEM/MEMP or MF/MEMP degree program between the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Pratt School of Engineering provides a broad perspective to blend students’ engineering backgrounds and the students’ training in natural and social environmental sciences.

WHY A CONCURRENT MEM/MEMP or MF/MEMP DEGREE?

Graduates of the concurrent degree program will have a strong mix of technical and contextual knowledge as well as tools well-suited for careers in many environmental sectors, particularly energy and environment, environmental health, and water resources.

Duke is also a founding member of the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC), a small group of highly recognized university graduate level programs in engineering management.

LEARN MORE

  • Questions concerning the MEMP degree should be addressed to: Master of Engineering Management Program, Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, 3120 Fitzpatrick Center (FCIEMAS), Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708-0300. Phone: (919) 660-5455, Fax: (919) 660-5456, Email: memp@pratt.duke.edu
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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

In this concurrent program, students complete 24 credits in the Master of Engineering Management Program and 36 credits in the Master of Environmental Management program for a total of 60 credits to earn both degrees. Students are able to complete the MEM/MEMP or MF/MEMP degree in as little as 24 to 28 months rather than three years, providing students with significant tuition and time savings.

An MEMP summer internship, MEMP seminar, the Nicholas School's MEM or MF Master’s Project and the Nicholas School MP seminar are required.

Students must apply to and be accepted by both the Nicholas School and the Pratt School.

Students wishing to pursue the MEM in a concurrent arrangement with the MEMP should plan on two to three years of study.

CREDIT DISTRIBUTION

  • Prior to enrolling in the fall, students fulfill their required engineering internship in the summer preceding the fall term.
  • During the first year, courses are split evenly between engineering and environment with an emphasis on core engineering courses and requirements.
  • The second year includes elective credits in the Pratt School and key core courses in the Nicholas School.
  • During the third year, students will complete their master’s projects for the Nicholas School; they may be able to finish in one additional semester or may require the full year to complete remaining credits and the master’s project.

The concurrent program begins in summer with the MEMP internship and then combines MEMP and MEM courses until all requirements are complete.

Most students will need to spend a fifth semester finishing the MEM master’s project and any remaining course credits. The fifth semester will especially be necessary for non-native English speakers who must take English courses to enhance their language skills, and for students who must take additional courses during the first year to meet MEMP or MEM prerequisites (which would not earn any credit towards the graduate degrees).

Concurrent degrees with non-Duke schools

It is possible to make special arrangements to do a Nicholas School concurrent degree program with degree programs at other universities (e.g., UNC Law School, UNC Planning Department, UNC Business School, or other universities). The credit and financial arrangements for the Nicholas School degree are essentially the same as for concurrent degrees with other Duke programs (36 credits, 3 semesters in residence, 3 semesters of Nicholas School tuition). The credit and tuition arrangements for the other university are at the discretion of that school.