Degree Requirements & Regulations
The Graduate School offers rigorous academic degree programs, but makes every effort to provide comprehensive support to each and every graduate student. To this end, we have developed a brochure entitled Best Practices: Core Expectations for Graduate Education at Duke University to explain what graduate students should expect in terms of the campus environment, as well as to lay out clear expectations for students, faculty, departments, and the Graduate School itself.
The Graduate School continues to implement new policies and practices that are designed to promote the successful completion of those enrolled in our programs. To help graduate students make academic progress toward their degree, we regularly update our web site and the annual Bulletin of the Graduate School. Each graduate student must remain aware of all Graduate School requirements and regulations to ensure that he or she fulfills both core Graduate School requirements and the unique requirements for each academic degree program. Beyond the Graduate School degree requirements outlined here, graduate students should consult with their faculty advisor and department for specific program requirements.
In this section, you will find general information about the academic calendar and deadlines, information on Duke registration policies (including withdrawal or leave of absence), and specific requirements to earn the masters or doctoral degree (such as RCR training for all Ph.D. students). If you have any questions about your academic progress from admission through graduation, please feel free to contact our staff.