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FAQ

Questions

  1. How selective is the Graduate Program in Religion?
  2. When is the application deadline?
  3. What do I need to include in my application?
  4. What is the minimum GRE score?
  5. Is there a separate financial aid application?
  6. When will I find out if I have been accepted?
  7. How can I arrange a campus visit?
  8. If I applied last year and was not accepted, how do I apply again?
  9. Is graduate housing available?
  10. What do I do if I have additional questions?

Answers

  1. How selective is the Graduate Program in Religion?

    The Duke Graduate Program in Religion is highly selective. The program receives over 200 applications to the Ph.D. program and offered admission to 6 percent of applicants. (See Admissions and Enrollment Statistics.)


  2. When is the application deadline?

    The application fee set by the Graduate School is $80. If you wish to be considered for both the PhD and MA programs, you must apply to both programs separately.  The electronic application must be completed by December 8. New applications will not be accepted after December 8.  Detailed application instructions can be found on the Graduate School's site http://gradschool.duke.edu/admissions/index.php


  3. What do I need to include in my application?
    • Application form
    • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
    • Three recommendations from academics who can address your scholarly ability
    • GRE and, if applicable, TOEFL scores (sent to institution code 5156)
    • A statement of intent, including, in roughly 2 single-spaced pages, your reasons for pursuing graduate education in religion and your specific interest in the Duke program
    • a sample of scholarly work of no more than 15-20 double-spaced pages  to be uploaded to your application.  Please upload this to the Additional Materials section of the online application.

    For more on application requirements and procedures, see Admissions Requirements


  4. What is the minimum GRE score?

    There is no minimum score. For more information, see Admissions and Enrollment Statistics.


  5. Is there a separate financial aid application?

    No. In most cases, applicants who are accepted into the Ph.D. program are fully funded for 5 years, including tuition and fees, stipend, and health insurance premiums.


  6. When will I find out if I have been accepted?

    Applicants will be notified of their status early in the spring semester by email from the Graduate School at Duke.  Generally, applicants can expect to be notified by mid-February.


  7. How can I arrange a campus visit?

    After the applications have been evaluated, top-ranked candidates will be invited to Duke for on-campus interviews and an introduction to departmental programs. (Reasonable travel expenses will be paid by Duke.) This will allow both candidates and faculty members to assess whether there is a good match between the student and his or her prospective program.

    To arrange a visit on your own, please feel free to contact the individual faculty members by email to arrange a day and time for a visit. 

    See maps of campus and driving directions at the University website.

    The Religion Department is located on Duke’s West Campus in the Gray Building, next to Duke Chapel.


  8. If I applied last year and was not accepted, how do I apply again?

    There are certain procedures required to reactivate your file for consideration, please contact the Graduate School's Admissions Office for more information. http://gradschool.duke.edu/admissions/contact.php


  9. Is graduate housing available?

    Generally, on-campus housing is not available for graduate students.

    Inquiries about off-campus housing should be directed to

    Duke Community Housing of the University
    Room 102, 402 Oregon St
    Central Campus
    Durham, NC
    (919) 660-1785

    or communityhousing@duke.edu, which deals with university-owned and off-campus, privately-owned housing.

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  11. What do I do if I have additional questions?

    Many more admissions-related questions are addressed at the Graduate School site. You may direct questions specifically related to the Graduate Program in Religion to Carol Rush, (919) 660-3512.