How to Apply

Ph.D. Application Process

Our graduate programs ranks among the top fifteen programs in the country. We admit students for the fall semester only, and our goal is to goal of provide a collegial, intimate, and intellectually vibrant learning environment. Your GPA, GRE scores, faculty recommendations, personal statement, and writing sample are weighed by several professors in our department, including persons knowledgeable in your area of interest.

Each year we accept around 6 new candidates to our doctoral program.

You can apply to our Ph.D. through the Duke Graduate School. See the Graduate School websites for procedures and deadlines. We also encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions page to review the average academic profile of our students with respect to GPA and GRE scores, and for tips on the writing samples you will submit as part of your application.

We review doctoral student applications and award fellowships to applicants in mid-February. We invite select candidates to visit the Duke campus for a weekend at the end of February to meet our faculty and graduate students.

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Juris Doctor/Master of Arts Application Process

Apply to the Juris Doctor/Master of Arts dual degree program through the Duke School of Law. Note: you are not required to submit GRE scores for this degree program. J.D./M.A. applications are first reviewed through the regular Law School process. If the Law School intends to admit a candidate to the J.D. program, we then review candidates for admission to our master's program. In most cases, we grant admission to the program, sometimes on the condition that specific coursework be completed. Please be aware that we do not offer student funding support for the J.D./M.A. degree program.

Students will be notified they are accepted into the J.D./M.A. program by the School of Law. For more information about the dates and timelines for this process, please review their website: