General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 64
  • Students: 78
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: November 30
Application Info


Matt Scaglione, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
DUMC Box 3054
Durham, NC 27710

Phone: (919) 684-9152



Program Description

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology graduate program trains young researchers to solve fundamental problems in microbiology and genetics. Research in the program spans both model and pathogenic organisms and the full spectrum of genetics from unicellular to multicellular eukaryotic organisms, including bacteria, fungi, C. elegans, zebrafish, stickleback fish, mice, and humans. Interdisciplinary centers associated with the program include the Center for Host-Microbial Interactions, the Center for Virology, the Division of Human Genetics, the Center for RNA Biology, and the Duke Microbiome Center. There is also focus on chromosome biology; DNA repair and surveillance; neuronal development, function and dysfunction in diverse models; as well as next-generation genomic and computational approaches to these questions. In addition to course work, training and interactions are supported by student-centered activities in a diverse, supportive community that includes students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadline: November 30

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores:
    • GRE General: Optional
    • GRE Subject tests (Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology): Optional
      This program does not require applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or other graduate entrance exam scores, but does allow you to upload scores if you feel they enhance your application. If you choose to submit test scores, you may enter them on the Test Scores page. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application.
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)

Writing Sample
None required

Additional Components
Optional Video Essay: How would a Duke PhD training experience help you achieve your academic and professional goals? Max video length 2 minutes; record externally and provide URL in application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance