Admissions

At Duke Kunshan University you’ll develop the skills you need to have a rewarding career and make a difference in the world.

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

Application Deadline

Admissions decisions are generally provided within four (4) weeks of receiving all application materials, including recommendation letters, official test scores, unofficial transcripts, and any other required items.

Priority Deadline: January 31, 2022 –Scholarship levels for applications submitted after this date could be impacted by the number of applications already admitted.

Final Deadline: May 1, 2022 –Applications will continue to be accepted and considered on a space-available basis until this date. Note that an important consideration in accepting later applications is the additional processing time for students requiring visas.  

Admissions decisions are generally provided within four (4) weeks of receiving all application materials, including recommendation letters, official test scores, unofficial transcripts, and any other required items.

NOTE: An important consideration in accepting later applications is the additional processing time for students requiring visas.

Scholarship

All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their graduate school application – no additional application is required. In addition, accepted students may apply for scholarships and awards based on financial need, country of origin, and field of study.  For details on how to apply for these scholarships and awards, please contact the medical physics program directly.

Prerequisites for Enrolling in the Program

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 hold a B.Sc. in physics degree, undergraduate coursework, in addition to basic and upper-level physics courses, should include the following:

  • Chemistry: 1 semester/course
  • Biology: 1 semester/course
  • Electronics: 1 semester/course
  • Computer science/programming: 1 semester/course
 

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):

  • Mathematics: 2 semesters/courses of calculus
  • Physics:
    • 2 semester/courses of general calculus-based physics
    • 3 semesters/courses of upper-level physics selected from courses including modern physics (preferred), electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, statistical mechanics, and
  • Chemistry: 1 semester/course
  • Biology: 1 semester/course
  • Electronics: 1 semester/course
  • Computer science/programming: 1 semester/course
 

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 mp-education@dku.edu.cn.

As part of your online application, you must upload one copy of the scanned unofficial transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution where you:

  • earned (or will earn) a degree;
  • studied for one semester or more;
  • earned 12 or more hours of credit; or
  • took classes that relate to your graduate study interests.
 

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.

How to Submit

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 dku-grad-admissions@duke.edu 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.

Transcript Requirements
  • Each transcript must provide a year-by-year listing of all courses taken and the grade or mark received for each.
  • If the transcript is not in English, we need both the transcript in its original language and an English translation of the transcript. If your institution does not issue documents in English, you must have the transcripts translated by a professional translation service.
  • If the grading scale of the institution is available, be sure to include that information.
  • Before uploading an electronic transcript issued by your school, make sure it can be opened without passwords or other security information.
  • We do not accept web page screenshots from a student information system in place of transcripts. Uploading screenshots instead of transcripts will delay the processing of your application.

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:

  • 577 for paper-based TOEFL
  • 90 for an Internet-based TOEFL
  • 7.0 for the IELTS
  • 115 for Duolingo
How to Submit

       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 B624. 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 B624. 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.

Score Requirements

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 2019 and January 2020, your score report must be dated Aug. 1, 2017, or later.

We do not accept personal copies, attested copies or notarized copies of test scores.

 

Additional Language Requirements

TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy

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.

Applicants to Duke Kunshan University must provide GRE scores.

How to Submit

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.

Score Requirements

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 2019 and January 2020, your score report must be dated Aug. 1, 2014, 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.

How to Submit

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.

Requesting Recommendations

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:

 

  • your purpose and objectives in pursuing graduate study;
  • your special interests and plans;
  • your strengths and weaknesses in your chosen field;
  • any research projects or any independent research in which you have actively participated and how they have influenced your career choice and desire to pursue graduate studies;
  • any particular reasons you may have for applying to Duke Kunshan University (e.g., you would like to work with a specific faculty member).

How to Submit

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.

FAQs

For more information, please visit the FAQs seciton