For all dates listed, the deadline is 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

If there is a discrepancy between the deadline information on this page and other materials you may have received, you should adhere to the deadlines on this page.

Some programs will continue to accept applications after the deadline, if spaces are available. If you are interested in applying after the deadline, contact your department or program of interest to determine their policy on accepting late applications. 

Fall Semester

These are the application deadlines for applicants who wish to begin their graduate studies in fall 2023. For all dates listed, the deadline is 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. If there is a discrepancy between the deadline information on this page and other materials you may have received, you should adhere to the deadlines on this page.

Ph.D. Programs
Deadline
Art, Art History and Visual Studies12/15/2022
Biochemistry12/01/2022
Biology12/01/2022
Biomedical Engineering12/15/2022
Biostatistics12/01/2022
Business Administration12/15/2022
Cell and Molecular Biology12/01/2022
Chemistry12/01/2022
Civil and Environmental Engineering12/15/2022
Classical Studies12/15/2022
Cognitive Neuroscience12/01/2022
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics12/01/2022
Computational Media, Arts, and CulturesNot accepting new students for 2023
Computer Science12/15/2022
Cultural Anthropology12/05/2022
Developmental and Stem Cell Biology12/01/2022
Earth and Climate Sciences01/10/2023
Ecology12/01/2022
Economics01/04/2023
Electrical and Computer Engineering12/01/20221
English12/08/2022
Environment12/01/2022
Environmental Policy12/15/2022
Evolutionary Anthropology12/01/2022
Genetics and Genomics12/01/2022
German Studies - Carolina-Duke Program
(must apply through UNC Graduate School)
12/14/2022
History12/15/2022
Immunology12/01/2021
Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health12/01/2022
Literature12/01/2022
Marine Science and Conservation12/08/2022
Mathematics12/13/2022
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science12/15/2022
Medical Physics12/01/2022
Molecular Cancer Biology12/01/2022
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology12/01/2022
Music01/12/2023
Neurobiology12/01/2022
Nursing12/01/2022
Pathology12/01/2022
Pharmacology12/01/2022
Philosophy01/03/2023
Physics12/13/20222
Political Science12/20/2022
Population Health Sciences12/01/2022
Psychology and Neuroscience (Clinical track)12/01/2022
Psychology and Neuroscience (All non-clinical tracks)12/01/2022
Public Policy Studies12/01/2022
Religious Studies12/13/2022
Romance Studies12/29/20223
Sociology12/20/2022
Statistical Science01/04/2023

1 Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. applicants: Applications submitted by 12/01/2022 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after 12/01/2021 but before the closing date of 02/28/2023 will be reviewed based upon availability of space and funding.

2 Physics Ph.D. applicants: Applications submitted by 12/13/2022 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after 12/13/2022 but before the closing date of 01/03/2023 will be reviewed based upon availability of space and funding.

3 Romance Studies Ph.D. applicants: Applications submitted by 12/29/2022 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after 12/29/2022 but before the closing date of 03/08/2023 will be reviewed based upon availability of space and funding.

Master's Programs
Deadline
Analytical Political Economy01/31/2023
Bioethics and Science Policy03/16/20231
Biomedical Engineering01/31/2023
Civil and Environmental Engineering01/04/2023
Computer Science01/31/2023
Critical Asian Humanities02/15/2023
Dance (MFA)12/15/20222
Digital Art History/Computational Media03/15/2023
East Asian Studies01/31/20233
Economics01/23/2023
Economics and Computation02/15/2023
Electrical and Computer Engineering01/16/20234
Experimental and Documentary Arts01/31/2023
Global Health03/01/20235
Graduate Liberal Studies06/01/20236
HistoryNot accepting applications for 2023 enrollment.
Humanities03/15/2023
Interdisciplinary Data Science02/15/2023
Master of Arts in Teaching02/20/20237
Materials Science and Engineering03/15/20238
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science12/15/2022
Medical Physics01/31/20239
Political Science02/15/2023
Population Health Sciences01/16/202310
Quantitative Financial EconomicsNot accepting applications for 2023 enrollment
Religious Studies01/31/2023
Slavic and Eurasian Studies01/31/2023
Statistical Science01/04/2023

1 Bioethics and Science Policy applicants: All applications received by January 12, 2023 will receive a final decision by February 2023. All applications received by March 16, 2023 are guaranteed review. After March 17, 2023, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis through May 31, 2023.

2 Dance MFA applicants: Late applications will be considered under special circumstances. Applicants are advised to contact Prof. Sarah Wilbur (sarah.wilbur@duke.edu) before starting an application.

3 East Asian Studies applicants: All applications received by January 31, 2023 are guaranteed review and will be considered for departmental funding.  Applications received after the priority deadline will be accepted for review on a space-available basis through April 27, 2023.

4 Electrical and Computer Engineering master's applicants: Applications submitted by January 16, 2023 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after the January 16, 2023 deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis through February 28, 2023.

5 Global Health applicants: The priority deadline is January 12, 2023, though all applications received by March 01, 2023 are guaranteed review. Applications received after March 01, 2023 will be reviewed on a space-available basis through May 31, 2023.

6 Graduate Liberal Studies applicants: All applications submitted by June 01, 2023 are guaranteed review; however, applicants submitting materials by February 15, 2023 will receive an admissions decision by March 15, 2023 and will have priority consideration for financial aid.

7 Master of Arts in Teaching applicants: The priority deadline is January 30, 2023, though all applications received by February 20, 2023 are guaranteed review. Applications received after February 20, 2023 will be reviewed on a space-available basis through May 01, 2023.

8 Materials Science and Engineering applicants: The priority deadline is January 31, 2023. All applications received by March 15, 2023 are guaranteed review.

9 Medical Physics applicants: The priority deadline is January 08, 2023, though all applications received by January 31, 2023 are guaranteed review. Applications received after February 01, 2023 will be reviewed on a space-available basis through May 31, 2023.

10 Population Health Sciences applicants: All applications received by December 01, 2022 will receive a final decision by January 2023. All applications received by January 16, 2023 are guaranteed review. After January 16, 2023, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis through May 31, 2023.

Spring Semester

October 3: Deadline to submit all Ph.D. and master’s applications (except Graduate Liberal Studies) for the spring semester, space permitting.

October 15: Deadline to submit Graduate Liberal Studies master's applications for the spring semester.

Note: Very few departments accept new students for the spring term:

Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Master's
Biomedical Engineering
Bioethics and Science Policy
Graduate Liberal Studies
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Political Science

Summer session

Very few departments accept new students for the summer session. With the exception of applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program (which begins in the summer), applicants who wish to apply for summer admission must obtain special permission from the department of interest and The Graduate School. Summer session applicants should adhere to the fall application deadlines.

If you missed the deadline

Once a program's deadline has passed, that program will no longer appear as an option on the application. Most programs will not consider any applications submitted after the deadline. Please contact the department directly to inquire about a late application submission. If the department agrees to review your application, they will notify The Graduate School to assist you further.