NOTE: All numbers below require annual approval by the Board of Trustees

Last updated: January 5th, 2024

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

2024-2025 Estimated 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 2024Spring 2025Summer 202512 Months
Tuition, Years 1-3$32,560$32,560$4,500$69,620
Health Fee$487$487$352$1,326
Transcript Fee$120  $120
Grad Student Services Fee$12$12 $24
Recreation Fee$190$190 $380
Activity Fee$18$18 $36
Health Insurance$3,381  $3,381
Dental Insurance$339  $339
Total - Tuition/Fees$37,107$33,267$4,852$75,226
     
Books & Supplies$322$322$322$966
Housing$6,008$7,510$4,506$18,024
Food$1,880$2,350$1,410$5,640
Local Transportation$904$1,130$678$2,712
Personal & Misc$1,896$2,370$1,422$5,688
Total - Living Expense$11,010$13,682$8,338$33,030
     

Total Cost of Attendance

$48,117

$46,949

$13,190

$108,256

2024-2025 Estimated 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 and fees scholarships for students who applied for but did not obtain external or departmental tuition-and-fees support.

 Fall 2024Spring 2025Summer 202512 Months
Tuition, Years 4+$4,500$4,500$4,500$13,500
Health Fee$487$487$352$1,326
Grad Student Services Fee$12$12 $24
Recreation Fee$190$190 $380
Activity Fee$18$18 $36
Health Insurance$3,381  $3,381
Dental Insurance$339  $339
Total - Tuition/Fees$8,927$5,207$4,852$18,986
     
Books & Supplies$322$322$322$966
Housing$6,008$7,510$4,506$18,024
Food$1,880$2,350$1,410$5,640
Local Transportation$904$1,130$678$2,712
Personal & Misc$1,896$2,370$1,422$5,688
Total - Living Expense$11,010$13,682$8,338$33,030
     

Total Cost of Attendance

$19,937

$18,889

$13,190

$52,016

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 per credit (per credit tuition rate for 24-25 estimated at $3,618). 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.

Information on financial support for master's students

2024–2025 Estimated Cost of Attendance for DOMESTIC Master's Students

 Fall 2024Spring 20259 Months
Tuition$32,560$32,560$65,120
Health Fee*$487$487$974
Transcript Fee$120 $120
Graduate Student Serv. Fee$12$12$224
Recreation Fee$190$190$380
Activity Fee$18$18$36
Health Insurance$3,381 $3,381
Dental Insurance**$339 $339
Total - Tuition/Fees*$37,107$33,267$70,374
    
Books & Supplies$322$322$644
Estimated Loan Fees$478$478$956
Housing$6,008$7,510$13,518
Food$1,880$2,350$4,230
Local Transportation$904$1,130$2,034
Personal & Misc$1,896$2,370$4,266
Total - Living Expense$11,488$14,160$25,648
    
Per Term$48,595$47,427 

Total Est. COA

 
 
$96,022
    

2024–2025 ESTIMATED Cost of Attendance for INTERNATIONAL Master's Students

 Fall 2024Spring 20259 Months
Tuition$32,560$32,560$65,120
Health Fee*$487$487$974
Transcript Fee$120 $120
Graduate Student Serv Fee$12$12$24
Recreation Fee$190$190$380
Activity Fee$18$18$36
Health Insurance$3,381 $3,381
Dental Insurance**$339 $339
Total - Tuition/Fees*$37,107$33,267$70,374
    
Books & Supplies$322$322$644
Housing$6,008$7,510$13,518
Food$1,880$2,350$4,230
Local Transportation$904$1,130$2,034
Personal & Misc$1,896$2,370$4,266
Total - Living Expense$11,010$13,682$24,692
    
Per Term$48,117$46,949 

Total Est. COA

 
 
$95,066

* – Estimated amounts due to bursar

Exceptions to the cost listed above

 

Other Cost Information

For all students: Estimated cost for room, food, transportation, personal, and miscellaneous: $2,994 per month

For international students: 

The chart below references funding required for international students to bring a spouse and/or dependent(s) into the United States while enrolled at Duke University Graduate School:

2024-2025

Department

Term Length

Spouse

Dependent

Template Name

 

Graduate School

12

$16,032

$8,016

Ph.D. 12 month

Graduate School

9

$12,024

$6,012

Master's