Duke University Graduate School, established in 1926, currently enrolls approximately 2,800 graduate students in a wide range of research master's (M.A./M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programs. We offer graduate education in more than 60 departments or programs of study where students work closely with faculty across Duke's nine other schools. By attracting the best domestic and international graduate students to work in cutting-edge fields of knowledge, the Graduate School plays a key role in supporting the Mission of Duke University by serving:
"to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry...to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world."
The Graduate School helps to strengthen the intellectual life of the university by supporting and expanding on the scholarly activities of our faculty. Moreover, our graduate students have many opportunities to participate in leadership roles on campus or in surrounding communities, to serve as teachers and mentors who bridge faculty and undergraduate students, or to develop professionally through conducting and presenting their own research.
The Office of Academic Affairs in the Graduate School has primary responsibility for academic and program administration, including the following:
- to define and interpret all academic policies, procedures, and regulations of the Graduate School, particularly those involving time limitations, forming examination/advisory committees, and all disciplinary matters;
- to establish criteria for any new academic degree or certificate programs with the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty (ECGF);
- to coordinate external reviews of programs within The Graduate School in order to ensure academic quality and maintain accreditation;
- to communicate to the Provost when professional Master's programs are due for review;
- to provide training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for all doctoral students;
- to offer courses, workshops, and programs in Teaching and Technology through collaborations with the Center for Instructional Technology;
- to manage the English for International Students (EIS) program;
- to provide general academic advising for students who seek help from someone outside their degree program;
- to participate in national initiatives and/or research projects in order to identify 'best practices' in graduate education.