How to Apply


Applications for the M.S. programs are due by January 4 for enrollment in that year's fall class. 


To apply for our graduate programs, you should complete the Graduate School's online application.

Financial Aid

Generous financial aid is available for a limited number of strong competitive applications. In addition, MS Fellowships are available for outstanding applicants from historically excluded groups. No additional aid application is required to qualify for financial aid. The Department will offer financial aid to meritorious applicants with admission decisions. The total cost of attendance for domestic and international Master's students can be found on the Graduate School's Cost to Attend page.

Interview Request

An applicant may request a short interview with the MS Director ( once they have successfully submitted all their application materials. The goal for the interview will be for the candidate to point out the unique aspects of their application and their candidature for admission. This is also an opportunity for prospective students to ask their most pertinent questions. Each interview is only 15 minutes. An interview does not guarantee admission into the program. The interview comments will be submitted along with the application materials to the Master's Admission Committee who will make the final admission decisions. 

Application Review 

Applications will be reviewed in January and February and admission decisions are made beginning mid to late February through March. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the MS Admissions Committee. Wait-listed applicants will hear about the final admission decisions by the last week of April.


All applicants must satisfy all basic requirements of the Duke Graduate School, including GRE and English language prerequisites. Further information regarding the application process and requirements is available from the Graduate School web site above or by mail: 

Graduate School Admissions Office
2127 Campus Drive
Duke University
Box 90065
Durham, NC 27708-0065
phone/fax: (919) 684-3913/2277

M.S. applicants should have a strong technical background, which includes:
  • Two semesters of an undergraduate, calculus-based probability and mathematical statistics sequence; one course in matrix algebra; one course in applied regression analysis; some basic experience with computation and data analysis
  • Prior exposure to formal programming, using one or more of C, python, java, R, Matlab, etc., is highly desirable
  • Exceptional students who may not have this complete list of prerequisites but have compelling applications otherwise may be admitted but will be required to complete additional introductory-level courses

The department cannot provide any admissions counseling, such as advising or assessing an applicant's qualifications, and therefore does not respond to such requests. Applicants must determine eligibility before starting the application.

For answers to other commonly asked questions about admission, please see our M.S. Frequently Asked Questions.