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Applications will be evaluated once they are submitted using the online application system. Admissions decisions are generally provided within four weeks of receiving all application materials in the system, including:
（*English language exam is required of non-native English speakers only）
Please read the application deadlines for the MPH program carefully, as they have recently been updated.
Early Decision Deadline： November 15, 2023
Applicants with GPA, TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo, and (if submitted) GRE scores above the Duke thresholds will be notified of admission status within three (3) weeks of the November 15 Early Decision Deadline if all required application materials are received by the November 15 deadline. Completed applications submitted by the Early Decision Deadline (or by the subsequent Priority Deadline) will be granted equal or greater scholarship consideration than those submitted after the January 31 Priority Deadline.
Priority Application Deadline: January 31, 2024
Applicants with GPA, TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo, and (if submitted) GRE scores above the Duke thresholds will be notified of admission status within three (3) weeks of the January 31 Priority Deadline if all required application materials are received by the January 31 deadline. Completed applications submitted by the January 31 Priority Deadline will be granted equal or greater scholarship consideration than those submitted after January 31.
Final DKU-Durham Plan Deadline: March 31, 2024
Applications will be accepted and considered for the DKU-Durham Plan and the DKU-China Plan on a space-available basis until this date. Applicants with GPA, TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo, and (if submitted) GRE scores above the Duke thresholds will be notified of admission status within three (3) weeks of the March 31 deadline provided all required application materials are received by March 31. Completed applications submitted by March 31 will be granted equal or greater scholarship consideration than those submitted after March 31.
Final DKU-China Plan Deadline: May 31, 2024
Applications will be accepted and considered for the DKU-China Plan only on a space-available basis until this date. Applicants with GPA, TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo, and (if submitted) GRE scores above the Duke thresholds will be notified of admission status within three (3) weeks of the May 31 deadline provided all required application materials are received by May 31.
NOTE: An important consideration in accepting later applications is the additional processing time for students requiring visas.
Applicants to Duke Kunshan’s graduate programs must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. If the degree was granted by an institution outside of the U.S., the institution must be accredited by the governing educational body of the country (such as the ministry of education).
Applicants’ undergraduate coursework should meet the requirements below. For applicants with a B.Sc. in physics degree, undergraduate coursework, in addition to basic and upper-level physics courses, should include the following:
For applicants with a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering with the following minimum college-level coursework (possibly met if the student has a minor in physics):
Students may be accepted with some deficiencies. Classes taken to overcome deficiencies, in consultation with the Duke Graduate School, will be in addition to the standard medical physics curriculum. For inquiries about prerequisites, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of your online application, you must upload one copy of the scanned unofficial transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution where you:
You do not need to mail official paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions listed in the Education section of your application, regardless of the number of credits earned.
Duke Kunshan University reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission if any discrepancies are found between your uploaded transcripts and official transcripts.
Upload electronic or scanned copies of your transcripts produced by the institution via the online application system. Do not submit secondary school records. If your social security number appears on your transcripts, mark out all numbers except the last four digits before uploading the transcripts.
If your school does not issue transcripts directly to students, ask them to either send a secure, electronic copy of your transcript to email@example.com or mail a paper copy to
DKU-Duke University Graduate School
Office of Admissions
2127 Campus Drive, Box 90065
Durham, NC 27708
Note: This address is both a physical location and a mailing address. If your mail service will not deliver to a post office box, delete “Box 90065” from the address and use the postal code 27708-0065.
If your first language is not English, you must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Duolingo English Test. The scores will be a decisive factor during the application review process. Duke Kunshan University only admits applicants who have one of the following minimum scores:
An official copy must be sent to Duke Kunshan University directly by the testing agency.
TOEFL: Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to Duke Kunshan University using institution code 5156 (Duke University). You do not need a department code. If ETS requires a department code, select any one of the department codes listed. Regardless of the department code entered, the scores will come to Duke Kunshan University as long as you use institution code 5156 (Duke University). ETS only reports TOEFL scores for up to two years after the test date. If ETS refuses to report your score, you need to retake the TOEFL before submitting your application.
IELTS: The IELTS is administered by Cambridge ESOL, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. See www.ielts.org for more information. Official IELTS scores must be mailed by the testing agency directly to the address on the Contacts page.
Be sure to alert us if the name on your application is different from the name on your score report.
Your score must not be more than two years old from Aug. 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2023 and May 2024, your score report must be dated Aug. 1, 2021, or later.
We do not accept personal copies, attested copies or notarized copies of test scores.
To be eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, you must have studied full time for two years or more at a college or university where the sole language of instruction is English and in a country where English is the primary spoken language. The two years of study must be completed prior to application submission.
If you believe you qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver based on the above criteria, upload a written request for the waiver in the Additional Information section of your online application. In your request, be sure to state where you completed the two-year study requirement. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not examine, confirm the status of, or grant any waiver requests prior to extending an offer of admission.
Keep in mind that any admitted student whose first language is not English must take oral and written English placement exams conducted by the English for International Students program at the beginning of the term of matriculation. This is required regardless of whether a TOEFL/IELTS waiver is granted.
NOTE: We strongly encourage all applicants whose first language is not English to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS test before applying to Duke Kunshan University, even if they meet the TOEFL/IELTS waiver criteria. The exam results can provide vital information to an applicant and Duke Kunshan regarding the strength of an applicant’s academic English skills.
The instruction language of Duke Kunshan University is English. Therefore, all graduates whose first language is not English are required to take oral and written English placement exams administrated by the Language and Culture Center (LCC) upon matriculation.
The English placement exams generally take place during the Orientation Week every August. All matriculated students whose first language is not English are required to take the exam unless you meet all of the following criteria:
Academic Writing (GS 720K) and Oral Communication (GS 721K) are offered to graduate students who wish to improve their English skills. They carry three credits and are graded on a credit/no credit basis. If you are placed into GS 720K and/or GS 721K, you must complete these courses during the first year of graduate study.
The Medical Physics MS program does not require applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or other graduate entrance exam scores, but does allow you to provide test scores if you feel they enhance your application. If you choose to submit test scores, you may enter them on the Test Scores page. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application.
GRE scores: Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to Duke Kunshan University using institution code 7554. Any one of the department codes is acceptable. Be sure to alert us if the name on your application is different from the name on your score report.
The scores must not be more than five years old from Aug. 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2023 and May 2024, your score report must be dated Auguest 1, 2018, or later. We do not accept expired scores, personal copies of scores, or attested or notarized score reports.
Duke Kunshan University requires three recommendation letters in support of your application. Your recommenders must submit their letters of recommendation electronically via the online recommendation system.
Should you receive and accept an offer of admission, your recommenders may be asked to verify their authorship of the submitted recommendation letters.
In the Recommendations section of the online application, enter the contact information for your recommenders, including their email addresses. Each recommender will then receive an email that includes a link to an online recommendation form. This is the form the recommender will use to upload a letter in support of your application.
Request letters of recommendation from people best qualified to attest to your capacity for graduate work. We prefer to have academic references representing your major field, though we realize that there are situations where this may not be possible. In such circumstances, seek out people who can comment on qualities that will be relevant to your academic pursuits, particularly research.
As part of your online application, you must upload a Statement of Purpose. The statement should be one to two pages and single-spaced. It should briefly discuss:
Upload the Statement of Purpose via the online application.
All applicants are required to upload a resume/CV to the online application system.
The data you enter in the online application, including the contents of all attachments, is subject to verification. It is your responsibility to ensure that all the information provided in the application is accurate. Duke Kunshan University and Duke University reserve the right to withdraw an offer of admission or to terminate enrollment if there is any discrepancy between the submitted application data and the subsequently verified data.
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