We work with adults (who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university) with a variety of educational needs: (1) who desire to take a few courses for career development; (2) who plan eventually to enter graduate or professional school; or (3) who seek courses to complete degree programs from other institutions.
To take a course for credit on a non-degree basis you need to apply for admission to the Graduate School. The application consists of the application form, at least one letter of recommendation, and original copy (or copies) of your transcript(s), and the application fee. Application deadlines are December 1 for admission to Spring Semester, and August 1 for admission to Fall Semester. (Very, very few graduate courses are offered during the summer; for summer graduate courses, registration is handled through the Office of Summer Session). Application materials are available by contacting Barbara Thompson at 919/684-2621. The Office of Graduate Admissions reviews non-degree applications on a “rolling” admissions basis.
Duke has renumbered all undergraduate and graduate courses, with new course numbers being activated for fall 2012. Individuals who hold a college degree and desire to take a course numbered between 700 - 999 must apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student. Read more details about the new course numbers.
Tuition & Fees
Non-degree Graduate Application fee: $80
Non-degree Graduate Tuition:
Effective fall semester 2015:
$2,875 per unit, or $8,625 for a 3-unit course.
Audit Fee for fall 2015 and spring 2016: $535 per course.
$40 (a one-time fee charged of all students the first term of enrollment for credit)
Continuing Studies students are not eligible to apply for need-based financial aid from the university or from the federal government until they are admitted as degree-seeking candidates.
Course & Program Information
The Graduate School offers coursework in the traditional arts and sciences and in engineering. (PLEASE NOTE: Professional preparation is offered through the Fuqua School of Business, the Law School, the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the Divinity School, and the Nicholas School of the Environment. To take courses in one of these schools you will need to contact the particular school directly.) A complete list of departments and programs can be found in the Graduate School Bulletin.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Individuals who have already earned the bachelor’s degree may, with the permission of the certificate director, enroll in appropriate courses and earn one of the fifteen or so certificates that are a part of the Graduate School curriculum. These certificates are in areas such as Health Policy, African and African-American Studies, East Asian Studies, Immunology, Microbiology, Political Economy, and Toxicology. Additional information about these areas of academic concentration may also be found in the Graduate School Bulletin.
Classes begin on Monday, August 24
Graduate classes end on Tuesday, November 24*
Classes begin on Wednesday, January 14
Classes end on Wednesday, April 20*
*Graduate courses rarely have final exams. Please check with your instructor.
Course Schedule Information
Almost all regular university courses are offered only during the daytime. No science or technical courses (such as in engineering) are offered in the evening. A small number of courses—typically in humanities areas such as history, English, and religion—are offered as evening courses.
The official Course Schedule is always available on the web and only on the web. It is updated on a daily basis (i.e., courses added, cancelled or with a schedule or location change). The Fall Semester schedule is typically posted by the middle of March, and the Spring Semester schedule by the middle of October. Please feel free to contact us if you want to know whether a particular course is being offered in the upcoming term and what its schedule is.
NOTE: Duke has renumbered all undergraduate and graduate courses with new course numbers being activated. Please use the following as a guide:
- 100 - 199 -- Introductory-level undergraduate courses; basic skills / activity courses; foundation courses; Focus program courses
- 200 - 399 -- Undergraduate courses above introductory level
- 400 - 499 -- Advanced undergraduate, senior seminars, capstone courses, honors thesis courses
- 500 - 699 -- Graduate courses open to advanced undergraduates
- 700 - 999 -- Graduate only courses (not open to undergraduates).
Duke Employees with at least two years of full-time, continuous service may be eligible to participate in the Employee Tuition Assistance Program. This program provides a reimbursement of tuition for a maximum of two classes per semester, up to $5250 per calendar year. In order to qualify for reimbursement you must receive a grade of “C” or better in the course, and remain at Duke for at least two years. For more detailed information and an application, please visit the HR website.