Doctoral Students at the Nicholas School earn degrees through one of our three divisions:
- Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS)*
- Environmental Science and Policy (ENV)
- Marine Science and Conservation (MSC)* **
And often focus in one of three cross-divisional programs:
- University Program in Ecology (UPE)
- Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP)
- University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP)
How to Apply:
- Students should communicate in advance with potential faculty mentors, to discuss their program options so that applications are submitted to the appropriate program.
Note that faculty may sponsor graduates in more than one program. For example, a professor at the Marine Lab might have a student in MSC focusing on marine ecosystems while also sponsoring a student in UPE working on marine mammal population ecology.
- Applications are entirely through Duke’s Graduate School. The Doctoral program application is available online.
See the Duke Graduate School and follow the links above for the specific PhD programs for details about admission and degree requirements.
*Both EOS and MSC host marine scientists. EOS faculty are located on the main campus in Durham (NC), whereas MSC faculty are primarily located at the Marine Lab in Beaufort (NC). If you are intereseted in marine sciences you should apply to EOS or MSC depending on the primarly affiliation of your potential advisor.
**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.