The Graduate Program in Religion is integrally related to the overall educational aims of the university. Its faculty is drawn from the Department of Religion and from Duke Divinity School. Graduate students can take courses and gain teaching experience in both of these environments. Through the outside minor requirement, Ph.D. students normally take coursework and complete one preliminary exam in a cognate field such as anthropology, classics, history, literature, philosophy, political science, or sociology. The presence of graduate students from other departments in graduate religion courses produces lively exchange.

Elsewhere at Duke, graduate students have the opportunity to participate in programs for advanced research, including Asian-Pacific Studies Institute, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, NC Center for South Asia Studies, and Women’s Studies. Fellowship aid is sometimes available through these programs.

Additionally, the Graduate Program in Religion benefits from close ties to two neighboring universities, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. A cooperative agreement makes possible cross-registration of graduate courses in religion and cognate disciplines, increasing the range of course offerings and expanding the graduate student cohort. UNC and NC State faculty serve on preliminary exam and dissertation committees.  During the school year, buses run between Duke and UNC every 30 minutes.