Graduate and Professional Students

For detailed information from your school or program, visit:

All students who can travel to Durham should plan to study in-person in Fall 2021.

  • If I’m unable to travel to Durham to take classes, will I be able to take Duke classes remotely? 
    • Duke welcomes all students for in-person teaching in the fall. We expect that in-person will be the dominant form of teaching. There will be some remote classes offered. For these reasons, Duke will continue to operate in hybrid mode for fall. Please check Fall 2021 course listings for course mode of delivery before committing to course registration in July. 
    •  Graduate/professional students who cannot attend in-person, please consult with your academic program directors/advisors about Fall 2021 options.  
  • Fall Registration for Graduate and Professional Students is Wednesday, July 7, 7:00 AM EDT. Grad/Prof refers to students in the Divinity School, Pratt School of Engineering, Graduate School, Nicholas School of the Environment, Sanford School of Public Policy, and the School of Nursing. Fuqua School of Business, School of Law, and the School of Nursing have their own registration schedules.

All new and returning Duke students, including international students, are required to present proof of vaccination to Student Health before they can attend classes for the Fall 2021 semester. This policy covers all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students – in all degree programs – who intend to be on the Duke campus for any program starting with the Fall 2021 semester. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated.

For the most recent updates on the vaccination process, requirements and guidelines please look at the Health Guidance page.

All new and returning Duke students, including international students, are required to present proof of vaccination to Student Health before they can attend classes for the Fall 2021 semester. This policy covers all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students – in all degree programs – who intend to be on the Duke campus for any program starting with the Fall 2021 semester. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated.

International graduate school students can find initial plans for Fall 2021, including detailed vaccination information, on the International FAQ page.

This page was updated 4/4/21.

Under the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), Duke is able to provide to students with exceptional financial need additional federal grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II).

The U.S. Department of Education has outlined that this grant is to be used by students to pay for education and/or emergency costs that arise or have arisen due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

Duke is required to prioritize students with exceptional need. Accordingly, the university has determined that to be eligible for a grant under this program, students must have a current (2020-21) FAFSA with an academic year Expected Family Contribution (EFC) at or below $15,000.

Duke has been allocated over $4.6 million in federal funds for this program and will distribute those funds directly to qualifying students starting in April 2021.

Information about eligibility, timing, and important steps can be found here under Key Resources.

This section was updated 5/25/21

For more detailed information, please visit the Wellness Strategies page

Professional school libraries messages will follow soon or are available on websites:  

School of Medicine: https://mclibrary.duke.edu/about/coronavirus  

Fuqua School of Business: The Ford Library is closed and librarians are providing library services remotely.  The Reference Librarians Team is using email and chat (https://library.fuqua.duke.edu/about/askus.htm) to help students and faculty with research. The Data Services Team (library-data-requests@fuqua.duke.edu) will continue to assist faculty with data purchases. For further information about Ford Library collections and services, visit this website: https://library.fuqua.duke.edu