MEM or MF & Master of Business Administration (MEM/MBA or MF/MBA)

The techniques of management science are applied with increasing frequency in the management of natural resources, and they are also now commonly used in the analysis of environmental and corporate sustainability challenges. To train students in the integration of management and environmental sciences, Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and Fuqua School of Business offer a concurrent business and environment degree. At least three years of study are required to earn the combined degrees of Master of Environmental Management/Master of Business Administration or Master of Forestry/Master of Business Administration.

Duke's concurrent MEM/MBA program is one of the most prestigious business and environment degree programs in the world, and is supported by resources at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Fuqua School of Business, and Duke's Corporate Sustainability Initiative. More than 30 students are currently enrolled in the concurrent MEM/MBA program. Students who wish to undertake either the MEM/MBA or MF/MBA concurrent degrees can complete one application for admission; students apply using the Duke MBA online application and complete an extra personal statement essay unique to the environmental concurrent degree. For more information about the MBA degree, prospective students may visit their website here. 

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 will begin their studies the first year in the Nicholas School followed by a year in the Fuqua School of Business, and concluding with the final year of combined work in both schools. Students electing to pursue the MEM 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.

Standardized Exams

Applicants wishing to pursue the MEM or MF combined with the MBA (Master of Business Administration) may submit an official GMAT or GRE score. To find additional information about all standardized test requirements, go here:

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Remember that when you commit to the concurrent degree program, with reduced credits for each degree, you won’t receive either degree until you’ve completed all requirements for both degrees, including your masters project.

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 your other school, rather than in the NS, be sure to come to the NS early in your first semester to meet with your NS adviser, who will help you coordinate course selection in your two programs. Concurrent degree MEM or MF/MBA students usually begin with one full year in the NS, then a full year in Fuqua; this works out better for Fuqua summer internships (and, for those going to Kenan-Flagler at UNC, allows them to establish NC residency), but it is possible to begin with a year in either school. Then spend the next year in the other school. In the third year, take a combination of NS and Fuqua courses; in order to register for NS courses during the third year you will need to meet with your NS course work adviser in order to be cleared for registration. Be sure to select the correct "career" (Fuqua or NSOE) for each course so that the credits count toward the appropriate degree. Verify with Fuqua to be sure your registration status is correct for business courses. Fuqua credits: 65; NS credits: 36.

MEM or MF/MBA (Fuqua) concurrent degree students will be automatically waived out of the NS Professional Communications course (ENVIRON 896) since they are required to take Leadership Communication I & II at Fuqua. If a student ends up dropping the MBA program prior to taking Leadership Communication I and II, he/she will still be required to take the Professional Communications course.

Important Points

  1. The Nicholas School of the Environment applauds students wishing to pursue the professional Master of Environmental Management or Master of Forestry degree concurrently with another professional degree, such as the Master of Business Administration. 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:

    • The applicant is applying simultaneously to the Nicholas School for the MEM or MF and to the Fuqua School of Business at Duke or the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the MBA. The applicant must indicate on his/her application that he/she 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.
    • The applicant is already enrolled in either the Fuqua School or Kenan-Flagler and decides to apply for the MEM or MF as a concurrent degree. In his/her Nicholas School application the student must specify which MBA program he/she 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.
  2. Since Fuqua courses are usually given MTh or TuF (as well as in different time blocks from the rest of Duke), students taking classes in both Fuqua and NS in the same semester can experience a lot of conflicts. It is important to realize that you have to look at both of Fuqua’s terms each semester when scheduling NS courses so that there will not be a conflict.
  3. MEM-MBA Students in NS program areas that specifically require statistics (EE, ESC, EEH, EEP) 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 NS program areas have a broader selection of courses to meet this quantitative/tool requirement. The introductory Probability and Statistics core class (DECISION 610) and the Decision Models elective (DECISION 611) at Fuqua cannot be used to meet the statistics requirement for EE, EEP, EEH, and ESC program areas as of Fall 2012. Adviser approved course substitutions prior to 8/15/2012 will be upheld. MEM-MBA students lacking the required NSOE statistics prerequisite have the option of taking Fuqua’s Decision 610 course
  4. The MBA job interview schedule in the fall term can pose scheduling conflicts with NS courses.

Student Profiles

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Links for MEM-MBA Students

For more information about policies and requirements, concurrent degree students may click here to view the Nicholas-Fuqua Business & Environment Concurrent Degree Programs Student Handbook >

Fuqua's EDGE (Center for Energy, Development & the Global Environment) listing of the program: 

MEM-MBA Student Directory:

Link to MEM-MBA Student Club: