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RCR Requirements

Master’s Students

All master’s degree students enrolled in the Duke University Graduate School must participate in a four-hour RCR orientation during Orientation Week. Entering master’s degree students will be contacted via e-mail in July with instructions to preregister for the RCR orientation. Credit will be posted on your official Duke transcript as “GS705: Responsible Conduct of Research–Master’s Orientation.” Beginning in Fall 2019, new master's students are also required to complete one two-hour forum before graduation (GS711 or 712; see grid below.)

PhD Students

All matriculating PhD students at Duke are required to complete 3 to 4 RCR training courses (varies by discipline; specified below) in the first four years of their study.

To fulfill this requirement, you must attend ONE of three fall RCR orientation sessions (GS710 or GS710A) during Orientation Week. Beyond the RCR orientation, you must fulfill the remaining training during the first four years of your study by attending general Graduate School RCR Forum events (GS711) or Departmental RCR Forum events (GS712), and for SoM PhD students, the year 3-4 SoM four-hour course (GS 713.)  See grid below for minimum training requirements.

To see if you have fulfilled the RCR requirement, go to DukeHub > Planning > My Academic Requirements > Run your Advisement Report... More information on doing this.

Please do not preregister in DukeHub for any RCR training at Duke. We will provide a separate link to preregister via an online survey. All RCR credits are posted on your official Duke transcript after you attend RCR training events.

Number of RCR trainings required by degree:

  Master's PhD PhD in SoM

GS 705
Master's Orientation
4 Hours


GS 710
PhD Orientation
6 Hours


GS 710A
RCR Orientation (Greensboro Retreat)
12 Hours


GS 711
Graduate School Forum
2 Hours


GS 712
Dept/Library Forum
2 Hours

1 3 1
GS 713
SoM Summer course year 3-4
4 Hours


Basic medical science students (School of Medicine) who attend the Greensboro Retreat (GS710A) will be required to attend a mandatory follow-up RCR training (GS 713) between years three and four of their program. Details will be communicated by departments in the School of Medicine. This is required for SoM PhD students beginning with thouse who attended the Beaufort/Greensboro Retreat in Fall 2011.