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Cost to Attend

Ph.D. Costs

Master's Costs

Explanation of Fees

NOTE: All numbers below are estimates pending approval by the Board of Trustees

 

Ph.D. Students

Students must be registered each fall and spring semester until all degree requirements are completed. In some cases, they may also need to be registered for a summer term (see policy). For each term in which students are registered, they are charged the following tuition and fees. Rates are subject to change each year. Tuition typically increases by no more than 4 percent per academic year.

Generally speaking, The Graduate School covers the tuition and fees for a Ph.D. student’s first five years. After that, students are responsible for tuition and fees, and most students obtain external or departmental funding that helps cover those costs. The Graduate School also covers health insurance for years 1-6 if students choose the Duke student medical insurance plan. Visit our Statistics section to see the typical time to completion for your degree program. | More details on financial support for Ph.D. students

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance for Ph.D. Students in Years 1-3

Note: Tuition, fees, and health insurance (for the Duke student medical insurance plan) in years 1-3 are generally covered by The Graduate School's financial support package.

  Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 12 Months
Tuition, Years 1-3 $28,950 $28,950 $4,000 $61,900
Health Fee $429 $429 $302 $1,160
Transcript Fee $120     $120
Activity Fee $18 $19   $37
Graduate Student Services Fee $10 $10   $20
Recreation Fee* $166 $166   $332
Health Insurance $3,605     $3,605
Total - Tuition/Fees** $33,298 $29,574 $4,302 $67,174
         
Books & Supplies $312 $312 $312 $936
Housing $4,624 $5,780 $3,468 $13,872
Board $1,480 $1,850 $1,110 $4,440
Local Transportation $736 $920 $552 $2,208
Personal & Misc $1,600 $2,000 $1,200 $4,800
Total - Living Expense $8,752 $10,862 $6,642 $26,256
         
Total Cost of Attendance $42,050 $40,436 $10,944 $93,430

 

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance for Ph.D. Students in Years 4+

Note: The Graduate School's financial support package generally covers tuition and fees for years 4-5, as well as health insurance (for the Duke student medical insurance plan) for years 4-6. Starting in year 6, students are responsible for tuition and fees, and most of our students obtain external or departmental funding to help cover those costs. Duke also provides sixth-year tuition scholarships for students who applied for but did not obtain external or departmental tuition support.

  Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 12 Months
Tuition, Years 4+ $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $12,000
Health Fee $429 $429 $302 $1,160
Activity Fee $18 $19   $37
Graduate Student Services Fee $10 $10   $20
Recreation Fee* $166 $166   $332
Health Insurance $3,605     $3,605
Total - Tuition/Fees** $8,228 $4,624 $4,302 $17,154
         
Books & Supplies $312 $312 $312 $936
Housing $4,624 $5,780 $3,468 $13,872
Board $1,480 $1,850 $1,110 $4,440
Local Transportation $736 $920 $552 $2,208
Personal & Misc $1,600 $2,000 $1,200 $4,800
Total - Living Expense $8,752 $10,862 $6,642 $26,256
         
Total Cost of Attendance $16,980 $15,486 $10,944 $43,410

 

  * – The Graduate School will pay the recreation fee for all Ph.D. students during their first five years at Duke. Starting in year 6, students will be responsible for paying it if they want to continue using campus recreation facilities.

** – Estimated amounts due to bursar

 

Master's Students

Master's students are required to enroll in and pay tuition for at least three semesters of full-time study. After that, they will be charged at an estimated rate of $3,230 per credit. Master's summer tuition will be charged at the per-credit rate up to a maximum of one-half the fall/spring full-time tuition. 

Rates are subject to change each year. Tuition typically increases by no more than 4 percent per academic year.

2020–2021 Cost of Attendance for DOMESTIC Master's Students

  Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Tuition $28,950 $28,950
Health Fee $429 $429
Transcript Fee $120  
Activity Fee $18 $19
Graduate Student Serv Fee $10 $10
Recreation Fee $166 $166
Health Insurance $3,605  
Total - Tuition/Fees* $33,298 $29,574
     
Books & Supplies $312 $312
Estimated Loan Fees $578 $578
Housing $4,624 $5,780
Board $1,480 $1,850
Local Transportation $736 $920
Personal & Misc $1,600 $2,000
Total - Living Expense $9,330 $11,440
     
Total Per Term $42,628 $41,014
Total Cost of Attendance $83,642  

 

2020–2021 Cost of Attendance for INTERNATIONAL Master's Students

  Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Tuition $28,950 $28,950
Health Fee $429 $429
Transcript Fee $120  
Activity Fee $18 $19
Graduate Student Serv Fee $10 $10
Recreation Fee $166 $166
Health Insurance $3,605  
Total - Tuition/Fees* $33,298 $29,574
     
Books & Supplies $312 $312
Housing $4,624 $5,780
Board $1,480 $1,850
Local Transportation $736 $920
Personal & Misc $1,600 $2,000
Total - Living Expense $8,752 $10,862
     
Total Per Term $42,050 $40,436
Total Cost of Attendance $82,486  

 

* – Estimated amounts due to bursar

Exceptions to the cost listed above

 

For All Students

Estimated cost for room, board, transportation, personal, and misc: $2,066 per month

 

For International Students