Graduate Coursework

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Note: All Duke students will be required to present proof of Flu and Covid vaccination to Student Health before the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester. This policy covers all undergraduate, graduate and professional students—in all degree programs, as well as non-degree students and auditors—who intend to be on the Duke campus for any period of time starting in the 2021-2022 academic year. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated. Instructions will be provided after admission and enrollment confirmation.

Thank you for your interest in Duke University Continuing Studies Graduate Coursework. 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.

Application Information

To take a Duke University graduate-level course for credit on a non-degree basis, you need to apply for admission to the Graduate School . The application consists of an online application form, including copies of your transcripts; at least one letter of recommendation; and the application fee of $95. Upon admission, official transcript(s) will also be required.

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). The Office of Graduate Admissions reviews non-degree applications on a “rolling” admissions basis.



Tuition & Fees

Non-degree Graduate Application fee: $95

Non-degree Graduate Tuition:

Effective fall semester 2021:

$3,360 per unit, or $10,080 for a 3-unit course.

Audit Fee for fall 2021 and spring 2022:  $535 per course.

Transcript Fee
$120 (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.




Fall 2020
Classes begin on Monday, August 17
Graduate classes end on Tuesday, November 16*

Spring 2021
Classes begin on Wednesday, January 20
Classes end on Wednesday, April 21*

*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

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.