How to Apply

Ph.D. Application Process

Duke's Biology Graduate program ranks among the very top in the country.

We admit students for the fall semester only, and our goal is provide a collegial, intimate, and intellectually vibrant learning environment. Your GPA, GRE scores, faculty recommendations and personal statement are viewed and assessed by several professors in our department, including persons knowledgeable in your area of interest.

Each year we matriculate ten to twelve new candidates to our doctoral program. You can apply to our Ph.D. program 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, GRE and TOEFL scores.  Doctoral student applications are reviewed by our Graduate Admissions Committee (GAC) in early February. We invite select candidates to visit the Duke campus for one of two planned weekends in February to meet our faculty and graduate students.  After the interview weekends, our faculty and the Graduate Admissions Committee (GAC) will confer and will then begin to offer admission to those deemed best suited to our program.