Prospective Students

Ph.D Program

Students apply to the doctoral program in English through the Graduate School.  The doctoral program in English accepts applications for the Fall term only. 

Please note that the application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed.  Admissions (for Fall 2020) will open in September 2019.    

We do require the standard GRE exam scores, but we do not require the GRE subject test.  

There are two separate parts of the application. The first part of the application is operated by the Graduate School, and you can begin that process by clicking here.  The second part of the application is the submission of a writing sample.

The writing sample is to be uploaded online. The sample should be uploaded in MS WORD format and must not be longer than 25 pages. Please upload the writing sample to the link above concurrently with the application materials you are uploading to the Graduate School site.  This should occur before the final deadline.  If it is not possible to upload your writing sample electronically, please mail it to the English Graduate Studies Office.

*With the exception of the writing sample, all materials should be uploaded to the Graduate School's admissions system through their online service.  The English Department does not accept admissions materials. 

MA/JD Program

Duke allows you to earn both a law degree and a master's degree in three years and one summer and is the only elite law school in the country offering this educational flexibility. The J.D./M.A. dual-degree program is an opportunity to continue pursuing an academic passion from your undergraduate years as you pursue a legal career path.

Students must apply to this program through the Duke School of Law. See the J.D./M.A. webpage for application guidelines.