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Application Instructions

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Application Instructions

Applicants must hold either a US bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. If the degree was granted by an institution outside of the US, the institution must be accredited by the governing educational body of the country (such as the ministry of education).

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The application fee is $90 (payable by Visa or Mastercard).

Verification of Application Data

The data you enter in the online application, including the contents of all attachments, is subject to verification. It is your responsibility to ensure that all the information provided in the application is accurate.

Per Graduate School policy, the graduate admissions staff is required to verify the application credentials of any student who receives and accepts an admission offer. This verification process includes contacting educational institutions to verify degrees earned. U.S. degrees are verified by the National Student Clearinghouse. Chinese degrees are verified by the Chinese Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). Degrees from countries outside of the U.S. and China are verified by a third-party vendor, Re Vera Services. U.S. and Chinese degrees that cannot be verified through the National Student Clearinghouse or the CDGDC will also be verified by Re Vera. Incoming students will not be charged for these degree verification services.

Duke University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission or to terminate enrollment if there is any discrepancy between the submitted application data and the subsequently verified data.

Required Documents and Information

Important Reminders

  • Take required standardized tests early to ensure that official scores arrive by the application deadline.
  • When uploading documents, make sure your documents are legible and no larger than 1.5 MB (1,500 KB).
  • Be sure that your full name, as given on your application, appears on all documents submitted on your behalf (e.g., GRE scores, letters of recommendation). Please call our attention to variations of your name that might appear on submitted materials.
  • Submit all application materials electronically. Do not send materials by mail unless we ask that you do so.
  • To prevent application processing delays, do not send required application materials to the department to which you are applying, unless the department specifically requests that you do so.
  • Do not submit extra or unnecessary documents, such as secondary-school records, awards/certificates/commendations that are not strictly academic credentials as stated in our requirements, or letters of recommendation beyond the required three. Excessive amounts of unnecessary information can actually hurt your chances of admission.
  • The graduate admissions office does not alter submitted applications. We will accept transcript updates or updated CVs listing new awards, appointments, or publications. Please send the updated documentation as a PDF attachment (no Microsoft Word documents or JPEG files) to
  • Applicants holding Ph.D. degrees or their equivalent are generally not eligible for admission to Duke University for a second Ph.D. The dean of The Graduate School will consider exceptions only if the department or program demonstrates that the proposed field of study is unrelated to the field of the first Ph.D., and that the educational experience afforded by the proposed doctoral field is essential for the applicant’s long-term research objectives. Please note that applicants who have not yet had the opportunity to benefit from a doctoral education will be prioritized in the admissions and financial aid process.

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