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Fall Semester Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for applicants who wish to begin their graduate studies in fall 2021. 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 Studies   12/15/2020
Biochemistry   12/01/2020
Biology   12/01/2020
Biomedical Engineering   12/15/2020
Biostatistics   12/01/2020 
Business Administration   12/31/2020
Cell and Molecular Biology   12/01/2020
Chemistry   12/06/2020
Civil and Environmental Engineering   12/31/2020
Classical Studies   01/13/2021
Cognitive Neuroscience   12/01/2020
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics   12/01/2020
Computational Media, Arts, and Cultures   Not accepting applications for 2021 enrollment
Computer Science   12/15/2020
Cultural Anthropology   Not accepting applications for 2021 enrollment
Developmental and Stem Cell Biology   12/01/2020
Earth and Ocean Sciences   01/08/2021
Ecology   12/01/2020
Economics   01/05/2021
Electrical and Computer Engineering   12/01/2020*
English   12/10/2020
Environment   12/01/2020
Environmental Policy   12/15/2020
Evolutionary Anthropology   12/01/2020
Genetics and Genomics   12/01/2020
German Studies - Carolina-Duke Program
(must apply through UNC Graduate School)
  12/15/2020
History   12/15/2020
Immunology   12/01/2020
Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health   12/08/2020
Literature   12/01/2020
Marine Science and Conservation   12/08/2020
Mathematics   12/06/2020
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science   12/15/2020
Medical Physics   12/08/2020
Molecular Cancer Biology   12/07/2020
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology   12/01/2020
Music   01/12/2021
Neurobiology   12/01/2020
Nursing   12/01/2020
Pathology   12/15/2020
Pharmacology and Cancer Biology   12/07/2020
Philosophy   12/31/2020
Physics   12/10/2020**
Political Science   12/20/2020
Population Health Sciences   12/11/2020
Psychology and Neuroscience (Clinical track)   12/01/2020
Psychology and Neuroscience (All non-clinical tracks)   12/01/2020
Public Policy Studies   12/01/2020
Religious Studies   12/10/2020
Romance Studies   12/15/2020***
Sociology   12/18/2020
Statistical Science   01/01/2021

* Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. applicants: Applications submitted by 12/01/2020 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after 12/01/2020 but before the closing date of 02/28/2021 will be reviewed based upon availability of space and funding.

**Physics Ph.D. applicants: Applications submitted by 12/10/2020 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after 12/10/2020 but before the closing date of 01/01/2021 will be reviewed based upon availability of space and funding.

***Romance Studies Ph.D. applicants: Applications submitted by 12/15/2020 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after 12/15/2020 but before the closing date of 03/08/2021 will be reviewed based upon availability of space and funding.


 

Master's Programs
 
Deadline
Analytical Political Economy   02/01/2021
Bioethics and Science Policy   03/19/2021*
Biomedical Engineering   02/01/2021
Civil and Environmental Engineering   12/31/2020
Computer Science   01/31/2021
Critical Asian Humanities   02/15/2021
Dance (MFA)   02/17/2021**
Digital Art History/Computational Media   03/15/2021
East Asian Studies   01/31/2021
Economics   01/15/2021
Economics and Computation   02/15/2021
Electrical and Computer Engineering   01/01/2021***
Experimental and Documentary Arts   02/10/2021
Global Health   03/01/2021****
Graduate Liberal Studies   06/01/2021*****
History   12/15/2020
Humanities   03/15/2021
Interdisciplinary Data Science   02/15/2021
Master of Arts in Teaching   01/15/2021
Materials Science and Engineering   03/15/2021******
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science   12/15/2020
Medical Physics   01/08/2021
Political Science   02/15/2021
Population Health Sciences   01/15/2021*******
Quantitative Financial Economics   Not accepting applications for 2021 enrollment
Religious Studies   01/31/2021
Slavic and Eurasian Studies   01/31/2021
Statistical Science   01/01/2021

 

*Bioethics and Science Policy applicants: All applications received by 03/20/2021 are guaranteed review; however, applications submitted by 01/15/2021 will receive a final decision by February 2021. After 03/19/2021, aplications will be accepted on a space-available basis through 05/31/2021.

**Dance MFA applicants: Late applications will be considered under special circumstances. Applicants are advised to contact Prof. Michael Klien (mk366@duke.edu) before starting an application.

***Electrical and Computer Engineering master's applicants: Applications submitted by 01/01/2021 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after the 01/01/2021 deadline but before the closing date of 02/28/2021 will be reviewed based upon availability of space.

****Global Health applicants: The priority deadline is 01/15/2021, though all applications received by 03/01/2021 are guaranteed review. Applications received after 03/01/2021 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

*****Graduate Liberal Studies applicants: All applications submitted by 06/01/2021 areguaranteed review; however, applicants submitting materials by 02/15/2021 will receive an admissions decision by 03/15/2021 and will have priority consideration for financial aid.

******Materials Science and Engineering applicants: All applications received by 03/15/2021 are guaranteed review; however applications submitted by 01/31/2021 will receive priority consideration.

*******Population Health Sciences applicants: The priority deadline is 01/15/2021, though all applications received by 02/28/2021 are guaranteed review. Applications received after 02/28/2021 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.