Online FinTech Master’s Program Pivots to Early Launch

April 8, 2020

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New Duke Engineering master’s program will offer flexibility to busy professionals

The Duke Master of Engineering in Financial Technology (FinTech) Online program announced today that it will immediately begin accepting applications for admission into its first class, slated to begin on June 29, 2020—more than a full year earlier than initially anticipated. 

Before launching Duke Engineering’s new Master of Engineering in Financial Technology on-campus program, its academic leadership team performed extensive market research to craft an offering that would best serve its technically-oriented students. The faculty recruited to the program have extensive industry experience. It is one of only two programs in the country headquartered in an engineering school, and focuses on developing confident creators, giving them a background in finance while emphasizing the concepts of design thinking and innovation that are the backbone of a Duke Engineering education. 

Keen interest in the program—more than 300 people applied for the 30 seats available in its first class—reassured the team that they had gotten the new offering right. 

In doing the reconnaissance that informed how the program took shape, however, Program Director Jimmie Lenz noted that one segment of potential students expressed a significant unmet need. 

“I spoke with many prospective students,” said Jimmie Lenz, “and I heard from quite a few that a campus-based program wasn’t an option because of existing career and family responsibilities.” 

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