Tuition & Fees
MEM, MF, and Online (DEL-MEM) STUDENTS
At Duke Environment, we are committed to supporting our students in pursuing their environmental passions. As such, we work hard toward ensuring that many of our students receive funding through merit scholarships, need-based grants, or both.
The tuition costs are not insignificant, but the return on your investment is high: the opportunity to pursue a fulfilling career that enables you to affect positive change.
- Tuition costs are determined annually, ensuring expenses are reflective of existing marketplace dynamics.
- We utilize a ‘flat-fee’ tuition structure, in which all our students pay the same tuition regardless of their specific program, number of credits registered for, or whether the work is done online or in residence. Students can take courses at one of Duke's other graduate/professional schools (e.g. Fuqua, Pratt, Duke Law, etc.) at no additional cost.
Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019-2020# - On-Campus Program
|Estimated Personal Expenses:|
|Books & Supplies:||$666|
|Housing & Food:||$12,703|
|Miscellaneous Personal Expenses:||$7,495|
|Total Estimated Cost of Attendance:||$63,111|
*Fees include: student health fee, student government fee, recreation fees, student services fee and transcript fees. Students who are non-native English speakers may need to pay an additional fee for English language instruction (see below). Fees do not include required student medical insurance. All incoming international students must purchase Duke's plan, US citizens and permanent residents may purchase Duke's plan or provide proof of comparable coverage.
#The estimated cost of attendance listed above is for the 2019-2020 academic year only. Students should anticipate that the cost of attendance will increase for 2020-2021. Tuition and fees for 2020-2021 as well as living expenses will be set in early spring 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019-2020## - DEL-MEM Online Program
|Estimated Personal Expenses:|
|Books & Supplies:||$300|
|Lodging and Food:||$4,251|
|Miscellaneous Personal Expenses:||$3,800|
|Total Estimated Cost of Attendance:||$49,391|
##The estimated cost of attendance listed above is for the 2019-2020 academic year only. Students should anticipate that the cost of attendance will increase for 2020-2021. Tuition and fees for 2020-2021 as well as personal expenses will be set in early spring 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
WHAT YOUR TUITION COVERS
The Nicholas School uses a “flat-fee” tuition structure, which means all master’s degree students pay the same tuition regardless of their specific program or whether the work is done online or in residence. This flat fee covers between 9 and 15 units of credit per semester. Normal full-time enrollment for on-campus MEM/MF students is expected to be 12 units per semester. Online DEL-MEM students must be enrolled with at least 6 course credits to be considered a full-time student.
Students in the two-year MEM, MF, and online DEL-MEM programs pay the flat-fee tuition for four semesters. Tuition is determined annually so estimated costs listed above are for the current year indicated ONLY. All students should anticipate that tuition will increase and some fees will go up. Amounts related to living expenses are reviewed annually and the university conducts a survey every three years to ensure that estimates are reasonable for the Triangle (Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill) area.
Summer classes are not included in the flat-fee tuition. If you wish to take additional summer credits, find courses and tuition information at the Duke Summer Session website. Students may also study during the summer at the Duke Marine Lab.
Registering for fewer than nine or more than 15 credits in a semester requires special permission. Students who are permitted to enroll part-time (fewer than nine units) will be charged $1860 per credit unit for the 2019-2020 academic year and $1860 per audited 3-credit course for non-degree seeking students.
All students must be registered, approved for a leave of absence, or pay a minimum continuation registration fee ($400 for 2019-2020) for each semester until their degree is completed. Students who have completed the required semesters and all course requirements except the master's project will be charged the continuation registration fee each semester until their degree is completed.
PLANNING FOR OTHER EXPENSES
For on-campus students, housing is typically the second-largest expense after tuition. Most graduate students rent off-campus housing from private landlords; however, limited on-campus housing is also available for professional and graduate students. Duke’s Housing, Dining & Residence Life website is a great place to start your housing search. Lodging expenses for online DEL-MEM students includes hotel expenses (or other living arrangements) for each of the five (5) required place-based sessions.
Transportation costs vary significantly depending on where you live and how you plan to get to school. The Student Affairs Transportation website provides guidance about the transportation options to consider. Transportation costs for online DEL-MEM students includes transportation to and from campus and/or Washington D.C. for each of the five (5) required place-based sessions.
Must provide a statement of support for their visa application. International students must have proof of support for nine months of living expenses. The “Grand Total” for the purpose of obtaining a visa is $65,552 including Duke’s student health insurance (pending expected increase for 2019-2020) plus $9,351 support for spouse and $4,676 support per dependent in addition to spouse. All incoming non-native English-speaking students will be required to be tested in written and oral English skills. As a result of the tests, some students will be required to take one or more English courses. Those students required to take English courses will be required to pay an extra fee (anticipated $1,225 in 2019-2020) for each course they are required to take. Incoming students should plan accordingly.
The cost of attendance described in this information is for the 2019-2020 academic year (fall and spring semesters, not summer) ONLY. Students should expect that the cost of attendance for the 2020-2021 academic year will be higher as tuition will increase, some fees will increase and living expenses may be adjusted. Students should plan their budgets accordingly.
Tuition varies for other degrees/programs at Duke, for more information, follow the links below:
- Undergraduate Students: See Trinity College >
- MEM/MBA and MF/MBA Students: See Fuqua School of Business >
- Doctoral Students: See the Duke Graduate School >
- Marine Lab Students: See the Duke Marine Lab >
- Executive Education Students: See the Executive Education page >
Financial aid staff in the Nicholas School adhere to the university's code of conduct in all actions related to financial aid for Nicholas School students, particularly actions related to loans and lending practices. Interested students may review the code of conduct on the Duke University website.
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