I chose Duke because of its premier dual MEM/MBA degree program and interdisciplinary approach to solving global challenges. While at Duke, I focused on corporate sustainability strategy and gained technical expertise in environmental management along with business strategies and management tools.
Angela Vasconcellos, MEM/MBA 2012
Duke University’s concurrent Master of Environmental Management/Master of Business Administration (MEM/MBA) degree is one of the preeminent business and environment dual degree programs in the world. Whether your career interests are renewable energy, corporate sustainability, carbon/environmental markets, energy finance, or public-private environmental partnerships, Duke University affords you access to the world’s leading-edge curriculum, faculty, facilities, and academic opportunities at the intersection of business, energy, and the environment.
"The MBA/MEM joint degree has been really valuable in the sense that it has given me the credibility to work on green issues in any role I take on at American Express."
- Sarika Sangwan, MEM/MBA 2007
Brand Team Senior Manager, American Express
The Duke MEM/MBA is truly interdisciplinary in nature and diverse in scope and breadth to enable students to tailor their academic experiences to their individual interests. In the intensive three-year Duke MEM/MBA program, students spend time immersed at both the Fuqua School of Business and the Nicholas School of the Environment, with access to additional classes in energy and environment disciplines at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, Sanford School of Public Policy, School of Law, and other Duke departments across campus.
Duke MEM/MBAs are part of an elite cohort of students at Duke, joining the Duke community and participating in clubs, classes, and projects specifically for Duke MEM/MBAs from the very beginning of your time here.
How does the concurrent degree program work?
The Duke MEM/MBA concurrent degree program compresses the requirements of two professional degrees into an intensive 3-year program. MEM/MBA students complete 65 credits at Fuqua School of Business and 36 credits at the Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE), including completing a required Master's Project.
By design, the Duke MEM/MBA program is not a separate, stand-alone program, but an interdisciplinary collaboration between two schools, Fuqua and NSOE. MEM/MBA students spend their first year at NSOE, their second year at Fuqua, and conclude with the final year of combined work in both schools. MEM/MBA students are fully enrolled students at each of the two schools and have the same support resources as any other MEM or MBA student on campus.
For details about how the MEM/MBA works, please seek the MEM/MBA Student Handbook.
How can I maximize my MEM/MBA experience?
Current Duke MEM/MBA students and alumni advise you to enjoy the diversity of two very different academic experiences at two very different schools. NSOE and Fuqua have their own cultures, styles, and programming, and they each have unique strengths to contribute to your experience as a student. It is our deliberate intention in the design of the Duke MEM/MBA program not to isolate the MEM/MBA students, but instead to give you the broadest exposure to the riches of diversity on our campus. We believe that no matter what your career path, your success as a leader and change agent will undoubtedly be benefited by experience working as much with scientists as with investment bankers. Duke MEM/MBAs train to be collaborative, engaged, and persuasive contributors, working with constituents along the entire spectrum from field office to corporate boardroom.
How many students are in the Duke MEM/MBA program?
There are currently 39 Duke MEM/MBA students enrolled, divided between three class years.
Which Nicholas School concentration do most MEM/MBA students pursue?
MEM/MBA students can choose to concentrate in any one of the eight Nicholas School concentrations for their MEM degree. The distribution of Nicholas School Concentrations varies from year to year. Among currently enrolled MEM/MBA students, the largest concentration represented is Energy & Environment (EE), but students are also concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP), Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC), and Global Environmental Change (GEC).
Which Fuqua concentration(s) do most MEM/MBA students pursue?
MBA concentrations at Fuqua are optional, and students can have from zero to two concentrations for their MBA degree. Among currently enrolled MEM/MBA students, the concentration selection is very diverse, with students concentrating in a variety of combinations of the following: Energy & Environment, Finance, Strategy, Decision Sciences, Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Operations Management, Marketing, Financial Analysis, and Management.
I want to apply to the concurrent MEM/MBA program. What do I need to know?
If you haven't yet applied to the Duke MEM/MBA concurrent degree program, it is helpful to apply to both programs before starting at either school. This simplifies your application process (completing only a single application for both schools), makes course planning for the three years easier, and enables you to take advantage of the resources at both schools from the very beginning. It also simplifies tuition and financial aid, as the blended rate tuition can be applied to your account from the outset. To apply to the MEM/MBA program with a single application, please complete the Fuqua Daytime MBA application, including the extra essay at the end for MEM/MBA students.
It is also possible to enroll at one school and then apply to the other during your first year. In this case, you are encouraged to be proactive about planning courses, finding coursework advisors, and joining the MEM/MBA community as soon as you are accepted, so you can plan your curriculum with the end goal of concurrent degrees in mind.
Concurrent applicants to the MEM and the MBA may provide official GRE or GMAT scores in support of their applications. Fuqua will accept the GRE from applicants who are applying for the MBA and the MEM at the same time; likewise, the NSOE will accept the GMAT in lieu of the GRE from concurrent applicants.
How does tuition work for the MEM/MBA program?
MEM/MBA students pay a special combined tuition for this program. It is slightly higher than Nicholas School tuition and lower than Fuqua's tuition. Students pay the special combined tuition every semester regardless of where courses are taken.
What types of career resources are available to MEM/MBA students?
Duke MEM/MBA students have full access to the career management centers and activities at both NSOE and Fuqua from the very start. As an MEM/MBA student, you will be assigned both a peer mentor (a second- or third- year MEM/MBA student) and a Career Fellow to help guide you through the academic and job search process. We also offer MEM/MBA students early access to the career management modules of the MBA Management Communications class so you can benefit from this content while in your first year at NSOE.
There are a number of unique career fairs and internship programs that Duke offers, and MEM/MBA students can participate in all of these: Duke-Yale MEM Career Fair, Stanback Internship Program, CASE Social Sector Internship program, and an Energy Management Internship program, among others.
What kinds of careers do MEM/MBA graduates go on to?
Duke MEM/MBA graduates are exceptionally well qualified candidates for a variety of leadership roles at the intersection of business and environment--from sustainability consulting roles with major management consulting firms to leadership positions with renewable energy companies to corporate sustainability strategy positions with Fortune 500 companies. Duke MEM/MBAs work in both the private sector and public/NGO sector. Visit our Student & Alumni Profiles page for a look at some recent Duke MEM/MBAs and their career interests, as well our Career Development page for example careers and internships held by our graduates
Duke's MEM/MBA program is looking for outstanding candidates who will be tomorrow's global leaders of consequence at the intersection of business, energy, and environment.
To apply to the Duke MEM/MBA program with a single application, please complete the Fuqua Daytime MBA application, including the extra essay at the end for MEM/MBA students. Your application will be reviewed simultaneously by The Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment. Apply today.
Current Duke MEM or MBA students may also apply to add the dual degree. If you are a current Duke MEM student, you should complete and submit the Fuqua School of Business application. Likewise, if you are a current MBA student, you should apply to The Nicholas School of the Environment.
Concurrent applicants to the MEM and the MBA may provide either official GRE or GMAT scores in support of their applications. Fuqua will accept the GRE from applicants who are applying for the MBA and the MEM at the same time; likewise, the NSOE will accept the GMAT in lieu of the GRE from concurrent applicants.