- What is the competitive GPA for applicants?
- What kind of GRE scores are you looking for?
- When should I take the GRE?
- What TOEFL scores are you looking for?
- What kind of writing sample should I send?
- How selective is the process of being admitted?
- What are the language requirements for the Ph.D.?
- Are teaching assistant (TA) opportunities available?
Our graduate program admits students from educational institutions around the world. Faculty familiar with those institutions evaluate the transcripts of prospective students, read their statements of purpose, and look at their writing samples. We admit students with an excellent overall profile, whose research and teaching interests can be supported by our faculty.
We do not require applicants to take the GRE. If you choose to submit scores, you should take the GRE before November 15th, in order to guarantee our receipt of your scores in time to consider your application.
We require a 10 to 15-page writing sample, written in the primary language of study. The writing sample should demonstrate your preparation in your proposed field(s) of study, and represent the kind of research and scholarship you wish to pursue at Duke. Applicants for the Romance Studies track should send writing samples in the two languages they wish to study; one may be shorter than the other. Writing samples should be uploaded with the application in the "additional information" section of the Graduate School application page.
In order to be admitted, you must already have fluency or a high level of proficiency in your primary language of study, as our students enroll in graduate seminars taught in those languages in the first semester of study. Romance Studies track candidates should have nearly this level of fluency in a second language, and be committed to achieve similar fluency in their first year in the program. All other students are required to pass a Language Exam in a second language by the time they take their Portfolio Exam.