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Why Duke

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World-Class Faculty

Duke's graduate programs are designed so that students work closely with top experts in their fields. | See our 1,300+ graduate faculty

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Strong Student Support

You will find numerous resources and services to support your academic, financial, social, physical, and mental wellbeing. | See student resources

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Great Place to Call Home

Duke's home city of Durham and the wider Triangle area are perennially listed among the best places to live in America. | Discover Durham

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Robust Professional Development

We actively help you explore all your career options and prepare yourself for success no matter which path you choose. | Check out our offerings

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Vibrant Student Life

No matter your background or interests, you will be able to find your community at Duke. | Our support for student groups

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Global Alumni Connections

You will have access to a 160,000-strong alumni network that includes leaders and innovators in every field. | Duke Alumni Network

Spotlights

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Sloan Scholar Siblings

Tyler and Alexis Johnson didn't intend to both end up at Duke, but they are thankful for the support from each other and the community around the Sloan Scholars as they pursue their PhDs.

See Their Story
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Suzanne Barbour

Graduate School Dean

Q&A with New Graduate School Dean
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Mahgul Mansoor

Global Health

Helping Families through COVID
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Joseph Hiller

Cultural Anthropology

Latin American Literary Treasure Hunt

Highlights of The Graduate School's Work

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Building a More Diverse Duke

Our University Center of Exemplary Mentoring recruits and supports Ph.D. students from underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences and engineering.

Duke UCEM Site
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Teaching You How to Teach

From one-off TA workshops to an in-depth college teaching certificate, our resources and programming help graduate students hone their teaching skills and strengthen their CVs. 

College Teaching Support
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Helping You Find Community

We work hard to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all our graduate students. Hear from a few of them on the moments when they found their place at Duke.

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Cultivating Good Mentoring

Good mentoring is critical to success in graduate school, so we spend significant time working with faculty and students to cultivate a strong culture of mentoring at Duke.

Mentoring Resources
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Providing Language Support

Our English for International Students program offers courses, consultations, and other resources to ensure students have the English language support they need to succeed.

More about EIS
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Creating a Safe Environment

Our graduate students are entitled to learning environments free from harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconducts. See their options for addressing such concerns.

Resources & Contacts

Alumni Profiles