Duke University

Duke University Admissions and General School Information

At Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, potential fields of study include arts, sciences, divinity, business, law, medicine, engineering and public policy. Students may earn a bachelor's degree, master's degree or a doctoral degree, including M.D. and J.D.

General Information about Duke University

Duke University was founded in 1924 by James Duke; however, the roots of the Trinity College trace back to 1838. The Duke Chapel, a university symbol, was built in 1932.

At its campus in Durham, NC, the Duke University offers 13,000 students degrees that range from bachelor's to doctoral programs in arts, business, law, medicine, environmental sciences, nursing, engineering and divinity. In addition, Duke University features a medical center, including a hospital, which offers research programs and clinical training.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Duke University welcomes undergraduate, graduate and international students. Students may complete an online common application or submit a paper application. First-year undergraduate students are required to complete an application essay, as well as short answer questions. Students also have the option to submit artistic material to the art, dance, theatre, music, photography and film departments during the application process.

Colleges and Schools at Duke University

Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1838, the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts college at Duke University. Undergrads can study more than 40 majors and minors including art history, biology, dance, economics, history, music and visual arts. Undergraduate students, even first-years, can participate in original research projects and summer programs, including research abroad.

Divinity School

The spiritual center of Duke University, the Divinity School offers graduate degree programs in divinity, theology and theological studies. Since 2006 the school has also been offering a Ph.D. in Theology. Students entering the Ph.D. in Theology program find that the program centers on worship, evangelism, preaching and the arts.

Fuqua School of Business

At the Fuqua School of Business students find daytime, cross continent, global executive and weekend MBA programs. In fact, Duke's 18 month Global Executive MBA was the first of its kind in the world and remains a leader. Other master's programs offered at Fuqua include health sector management, executive education and management studies. Students also have the choice to enter a Ph.D. program in business administration that prepares students for teaching and research careers in educational institutions.

Graduate School

The Graduate School at Duke was established in 1926 to maintain its graduate programs. Currently, the graduate school contains approximately 2,200 Ph.D. and 600 master's degree students. The school regularly participates in graduate education research to ensure competitive programs.

School of Law

Duke University's School of Law offers degree programs that lead to Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science, as well as dual degree programs. Students can expect clinic work including representing clients, drafting legal memoranda and assisting non-profit organizations. Additionally, Duke School of Law provides first-year students with a legal analysis, research and writing program to hone students' skills in the art of legal writing.

School of Medicine

Duke's School of Medicine was established in 1930 by the university's founder and maintains a top ten ranking by the US News and World Report. Degree programs include training to become doctor, physical therapist, research scientist, pathologist assistant and physician assistant. The Doctor of Medicine program offers a unique curriculum in which structured training is condensed into the first three years and the fourth year is used to fulfill rotations. Students have the option to use this time to earn a second degree, including MBA, Master of Science or Master of Public Health.

Nicholas School of the Environment

The Nicholas School of the Environment was established in 1991 through combining the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the geology department and the marine lab. For grad students, the college offers master's degree programs in forestry and environmental management, as well as doctoral degree programs in environmental sciences and policy, marine science and conservation, and earth and ocean sciences. Undergraduate students choose from four degree programs offered in cooperation with the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

School of Nursing

Since 1938, Duke University's School of Nursing has been offering bachelor's degree programs in nursing. Graduate students participate in master's, post-master's certificates and Ph.D. degree programs. Military students are also offered a specialized nursing degree program, during which students are mentored by former military officers. Clinical practice in this military program can be completed in a military treatment facility, and some courses are taken online.

Pratt School of Engineering

At the Pratt School of Engineering, undergraduate students can study biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering, materials science and mechanical engineering. A master's degree program in engineering management is also offered. Research opportunities are provided at the undergraduate level through independent study, fellowships and programs.

Sanford School of Public Policy

The Sanford School of Public Policy, established in 1971, offers a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree program in public policy. The undergraduate degree program features coursework in areas such as statistics, political science, history, ethics and economics. Undergrads in the program must complete a policy-oriented internship.

Contact Information

  • Address: 207 Allen Building, Box 90001, Durham, NC 27708
  • Phone Number: (919) 648-8111