With the approval of their director of graduate studies (DGS) and the associate dean for academic affairs, graduate students may enroll in courses below the 500 level, but these courses will not count toward the credits required for a post-baccalaureate degree and will not be included in a student’s GPA calculation. The grading basis for such courses will be A+, A*, A-*, B+*, B*, B-*,C+*, C*, C-*, F*; the asterisk next to the letter grade indicates that the course will not count for graduate degree credit and will not factor into the GPA. Standard drop/add and course withdrawal deadlines apply.

To enroll in a course below the 500 level, a graduate student must complete the permission request form, obtain the signature of the DGS and submit the form to gradacademics@duke.edu or to The Graduate School, 2127 Campus Drive, before 5:00 p.m. two business days before the last day of the drop/add period.

Note: Full-time enrollment in graduate-level coursework is required for approval to add a course below the 500 level. For master’s students, full-time enrollment is 9 credits; Ph.D. students do not have set credit requirements to maintain full-time status.