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Admission to the Duke Graduate School is required of all students who pursue a Ph.D. degree in Immunology. Masters degrees are not offered.  In evaluating applicants, the Duke Immunology Admissions Committee emphasizes the following: academic ability, achievement, character and special distinguishing talents. These qualities are measured by college records, laboratory research experience, graduate record examination scores, personal interviews, and letters of recommendation.

Successful applicants typically have:

  1. an academic record earning first-class ranking, where this system is used, or a ranking in the top 5% of the graduating class
  2. a strong undergraduate education in science plus hands on research experiences
  3. verbal and quantitative GRE score above 80% and a 4.5 writing score  

Subject test scores are not required but will be considered if submitted.  International applicants whose native language is not English must also provide TOEFL scores. We receive on average 75 applications annually and invite 15-20 for interviews. Our average class size is 6 students. 

Learn more about Duke Immunology Admissions and Enrollment Statistics. 

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) students may apply to the Program in Immunology in their second year of medical school. MSTP applicants should refer to the curriculum page for more details and contact both the Director of the MSTP and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Immunology for guidance on the application process.

Financial Support

Students are generally admitted to the Graduate Program in Immunology with full fellowship support and their support is guaranteed for the remainder of their training as long as they remain in good academic standing. Support covers tuition, fees and Duke health insurance (individual coverage), along with a stipend of $30,550 (17/18 academic year). Stipend payments begin in September and are paid on September 30. Students should plan appropriately for the first month and a half of their first year since orientation begins the third week of August.  

Support comes from a number of sources, including the department's NIH predoctoral training grant, department funds, and university and endowment fellowships. Beginning in the third year, most students are supported by the research grants of their thesis advisor. The Duke Graduate School offers a $700 travel award annually so that students who have been admitted to doctoral candidacy can attend and present their thesis work at meetings.  

Applications and Deadlines

All standardized testing should be taken so that the results are available by mid-December. All other required application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by December 1st. Applications are reviewed in mid-December and in late December candidates are invited to Duke’s campus for February interviews. Foreign applicants are typically interviewed via Skype.

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