Our rigorous doctoral (PhD) program prepares students for careers in university teaching and research. With a heavy emphasis on research, doctoral students concentrate on deep investigation of a well-defined topic area.
Doctoral students work with Nicholas School faculty through one of four pathways:
- Apply to the Duke Graduate School to study Environment, Marine Science and Conservation,* or Earth and Ocean Sciences.
- Apply to the University Program in Ecology (UPE), with an advisor chosen from within the Nicholas School faculty.
- Apply to the Integrated Toxicology Program (ITEHP), with an advisor chosen from within the Nicholas School faculty.
- Apply to the University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP), with an advisor chosen from within the Nicholas School faculty.
At the Nicholas School, we highly value our active research program and offer numerous opportunities for doctoral candidates to study with expert faculty advisors and serve as research assistants. All Nicholas School faculty members are members of the faculty of the Graduate School of Duke University and are actively involved in training doctoral students.
See the Duke Graduate School for details about admission and degree requirements.
*Doctoral students in Marine Science and Conservation typically spend 1-2 semesters taking graduate classes at Duke’s main campus before moving to the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C. to complete their research, although residence in Durham is not required. Some sources of funding are contingent upon having an advisor from the Marine Lab's resident faculty.