Doctoral Page

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral students at the Nicholas School earn degrees through one of our programs:

or through one of three cross-divisional Duke programs:

Doctoral students work directly with faculty mentors and are expected to communicate with potential mentors prior to applying.  Many faculty advise students in multiple programs.  If you are unsure which program fits your educational goals, please discuss it with your potential mentor.

Applications are processed through Duke’s Graduate School. The Doctoral program application is available online.   

*Doctoral students in MSC typically spend 1-2 semesters taking graduate classes at Duke’s main campus before moving to the Marine Lab 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.