Note: Non-Duke affiliated Continuing Studies students may only take online courses and may not come to the Duke Campus. This does not apply to Duke employees, alumni, or participants in the Program in Education licensure programs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this policy for Spring term 2021.
Duke Continuing Studies works with local triangle residents 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; (3) who seek courses to complete degree programs from other institutions; or (4) who wish to resume study towards a bachelor’s degree. We also work with rising juniors or seniors enrolled at other U.S. colleges and universities who wish to spend a semester at Duke as a fulltime student focusing on a subject area of unique strength and prominence—typically a subject area not available at the student’s home institution.
To take a course for credit (that is, for a grade) you need to apply for admission. The application consists of the application form, at least one letter of recommendation, an original copy (or copies) of your transcript(s), and the application fee. Application deadlines are December 1 for admission to Spring Semester, April 15 for admission to Summer Term I, June 1 for admission to Summer Term II, and August 1 for admission to Fall Semester.
You may download the application, fill it out, and return it using this upload link. Please name your completed application and any supporting documentation as lastname_firstname. We strongly encourage applicants to consult with our Director of Academic Services prior to submitting their application. Note: Email is not an appropriate medium for sharing sensitive data.
Individuals who hold a college degree and desire to take a course numbered between 500 - 999 must apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student. Read more details about the new course numbers.
Tuition & Fees
2020 - 2021 Tuition
Non-degree Undergraduate Tuition fall and spring semesters:
$6,983 per course credit (a course credit is considered to be equivalent to a four semester hour course).
Audit Fee (fall and spring semesters only):
$535 per one course credit.
***Duke Employees should refer to Special Tuition Rates for Duke Employees to learn more about paying $975 to take an undergraduate course (numbered 001-699) for credit or $100 to audit.
Tuition Summer 2020:
$3,579 for a ‘regular’ course without a lab; $4,772 for a natural sciences course with lab. Audit is $302.
$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
Undergraduate instruction is focused upon the traditional arts and sciences and upon engineering. Undergraduate degree opportunities include the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. (We do NOT offer undergraduate preparation in nursing, social work, journalism, business administration, or accounting. Although we do not offer a major in education, you may choose to pursue teacher licensure at the elementary or secondary level.)
NOTE: Continuing Studies students are not eligible to take courses that are offered through the Duke Medical School, Law School, or the Fuqua School of Business.
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.
Course Schedule Information
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, the summer schedule by the middle of February, and the Spring Semester schedule by the end 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.
A number of our Continuing Studies students intend to complete their undergraduate degree here. Several matters should be kept in mind.
- You must be a local triangle resident to be considered for admission through Duke Continuing Studies.
- Degree-seeking students must complete a minimum of 4 academic courses at Duke and achieve a 3.3 grade point average to be eligible to apply for degree candidacy. At least 2 out of the 4 courses required must be taken during the fall and/or spring semesters.
- The evaluation of possible transfer credits will only be done after you have been officially admitted as a degree candidate (this takes place after you have completed a minimum of four courses at Duke - see below for more details).
- No more than 17 transfer course credits may count towards the 34 course credits required for graduation.
- Many academic departments will require that most-perhaps all-of the 10 courses required for the major be done while at Duke.
- Transfer credits may "count" towards the 34 course credits required for graduation and may be used to fulfill the General Studies Requirements for Areas of Knowledge coursework (please see Trinity College Academic requirements)
- Transfer courses and inter-institutional courses may be considered for approval towards the Modes of Inquiry requirements. Documentation will be required.
- Even if you have 17 transfer course credits, it is highly likely you will need to take more than 17 course credits at Duke in order to satisfy the requirements for your major and for General Studies.
NOTE: You must have taken at least 4 college level courses within the past several years and have earned superior grades to be considered for admission as a potential degree-seeking student. At this time Duke does not recognize on-line coursework.
Fall 2020 Term begins: Monday, August 17
Drop/Add ends: Friday, August 28 at 11:59pm
Last day to withdraw from a course: Friday, October 30
Spring Registration: Monday, November 9
Got an academic question? Try the Academic Policies and Procedures for Undergradautes
contact Kim Price
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.
Also see section on Special Tuition Rates for Duke Employees