Duke University

Physics Building, Box 90305 120 Science Drive, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States of America


Duke University is a global teaching and research university that is consistently ranked among the top
educational institutions in the United States.

The atmosphere at Duke is characterized by research excellence, innovation, interdisciplinarity, and engagement in society at both the local and international levels. Duke Physics graduate students are successfully prepared for a wide range of exciting and significant postgraduate opportunities. The university is located in Durham at the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle, widely recognized as one of the most desirable and vibrant places to live and work.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.): The department admits students only for the Ph.D. degree. However, if the student successfully completes nine graduate physics courses, he/she may be eligible for an M.A if he/she passes a masters level oral exam. There are further graduate school requirements.

Master of Science (M.S.): Same as M.A. plus written thesis. Final examination on thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Same as M.A. plus preliminary oral exam before dissertation work. Written dissertation. Final examination on dissertation.

Other degrees:
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Faculty, students, and staff in the Duke Physics Department are committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and diverse culture with a truly international climate. The Department provides its students with myriad academic, research, teaching and service opportunities that enhance their professional careers and quality of life. There are regular social hours throughout the year when students, postdocs, and faculty meet in informal settings to exchange views and ideas about physics and related topics.