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Duke University Graduate School
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Box 90065
Durham, NC 27708 USA

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Interested in applying to Duke University Graduate School? We're interested in you.

The Graduate School is dedicated to attracting and retaining a student population diverse in background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and work and life experiences. This diverse population contributes to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the university. We encourage applications from individuals in all sectors of society, including those whose life experiences may include the challenge of access due to a disability. Duke University Graduate School is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you believe you may need and qualify for reasonable accommodations, please visit Duke's Disability Management System for detailed information and procedures.

Information about the process of applying for admission to graduate study at Duke is provided in this section of the Graduate School website. Please read all instructions carefully to ensure proper and complete application, and to avoid mistakes that may delay the consideration of your file.

Students seeking to do graduate work at Duke University for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. The Graduate School requires applicants to hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. In addition to the prerequisite bachelor's degree, all applicants must submit satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (exceptions to this requirement are listed in the GRE Scores section under Application Requirements), scanned electronic transcripts for all post-secondary school education, three letters of recommendation, a Statement of Purpose, and the online application with the $80 application fee.  International applicants must also provide official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Individual departments may specify additional application requirements, which can be found in their program descriptions.

Students who do not intend to earn an advanced degree at Duke, but who wish to take graduate courses, may apply for non-degree admission. Non-degree admission must be formally approved by the Dean and is granted in three different categories: (1) admission as a regular non-degree student with a particular department; (2) admission as a special non-degree student without departmental affiliation through the Office of Continuing Studies; and (3) admission as an unclassified student in the summer session only.

Duke course credits earned by non-degree students before full admission to the Graduate School may be carried over into a graduate degree program if (1) the action is recommended by the student's Director of Graduate Studies and approved by the Dean; (2) the work is not more than two years old; (3) the amount of such credit does not exceed one semester at full-time tuition; and (4) the work has received grades of B or better.

Students who have discontinued a program of degree work at Duke must apply for readmission to the Graduate School. Those who discontinue study prior to completing a degree must, by letter, request permission of the Dean to be readmitted to the degree program; those who discontinue study after earning a master's degree must file a new application for the doctoral program.

If you have questions about any aspect of the application process, do not hesitate to contact us.