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. 

The admissions window (for Fall 2020 entry) is now open.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.      

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

You can begin the application process by clicking here.  

Please note that a writing sample is required.  The writing sample is to be submitted with your other materials through the Graduate School's admissions portal. The sample should be uploaded as a PDF and must not be longer than 25 pages.  Please be sure to put your name at the top each page. 

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.