The Nicholas School admits doctoral students through six graduate programs:
- Environment (ENV - administered by the ESP division)
- Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS)
- Marine Science and Conservation (MSC) *
- University Program in Ecology (UPE)
- Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP)
- University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP)
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. Students should communicate in advance with potential faculty mentors, to discuss their program options so that applications are submitted to the appropriate program.
See the Duke Graduate School and follow the links above for the specific PhD programs 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.