ADMISSIONS

Join the next generation of global health leaders.

At Duke Kunshan University you’ll develop the skills you need to have a rewarding career and make a difference in the world. Duke Kunshan is looking for students with a global mindset and a drive to reduce health disparities around the world.

Entry Requirement:

Because Duke Kunshan University graduate degrees are considered Duke University degrees, the Duke Kunshan application process is similar to that for Duke University’s graduate programs.

Applicants to Duke Kunshan University’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).

In addition to the prerequisite bachelor’s degree, the following are required:

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 purposes 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.

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.

We strongly discourage requesting more than three recommendations unless you are asked to do so by the department to which you are applying. Rather than improving your chances of admission, an excessive number of recommendation letters may actually cause application reviewers to view your file unfavorably.

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 e-mail addresses. Each recommender will then receive an e-mail 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.

Duke Kunshan University accepts recommendations from the Interfolio letter service and other letter services that are compatible with our online recommendation system. If you are using a letter service, enter the recommender’s name in the recommendation section of the application and enter the e-mail address provided by the letter service.

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 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.
  • If you are unable to upload your transcript to the application because your educational institution does not issue transcripts directly to students, please follow the instructions at the end of this page.

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 and official transcripts.

 

How to Submit

Upload electronic copies of your unofficial transcripts via the online application. Do not submit secondary school records. If your Social Security number appears on your transcripts, mark out all except the last four digits of the number before uploading the transcripts to your application.

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.
Acceptable Transcript Formats
  • Scanned copies of paper transcripts produced by the institution
  • Electronic transcripts produced by the institution
What To Do If You Have Trouble Uploading Your Transcript

If you are having trouble uploading your transcript, the following tips may help:

  • Make sure your file is in Word (.doc) or PDF format and does not exceed 1.5 MB (1,500 kb) in size.
  • Do not scan in color. Use grayscale if possible; otherwise, use black and white.
  • Optimize the PDF in Adobe Acrobat by following these instructions:
    1. Select PDF Optimizer under Advanced menu options.
    2. On the PDF Optimizer screen, go to “Image Settings” and select “Compression: JPEG”.
    3. On the same screen, go to “Grayscale Images” and select “Quality: Low”.
    4. Click OK.

Scan your file at the lowest DPI that produces a legible image (usually less than 200 DPI).
Once you have uploaded your file, click the “View Document” button to ensure that the document you uploaded is legible throughout. If your document is not legible, the processing of your application will be delayed.

If you have followed the above guidelines and still cannot upload your transcript to the application, email each transcript as a single PDF attachment to dku-grad-admissions@duke.edu. Do not send more than one PDF attachment unless you are emailing more than one transcript (i.e., one transcript=one PDF attachment, two transcripts=two PDF attachments, and so on). Do not send Microsoft Word documents or JPEG files. In the body of the email, include your name and the name of the department to which you are applying.

What To Do If Your School Does Not Issue Transcripts to Students
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

Duke University Graduate School
Graduate Office of Admission
2127 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
USA

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.

GRE Optional:

“The Duke Kunshan program to which you are applying 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.”

How do you submit GRE scores if you choose to provide them?

Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to Duke Kunshan University, using institution code 7554. 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 7554. Be sure to alert us if the name on your application is different from the name on your score report.

Score Requirements

Your scores must not be more than five (5) years old from August 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2021 and January 2022, your score report must be dated August 1, 2016, or later.

NOTES

 

 

  • Be sure to take the GRE in time for official scores to reach Duke Kunshan University by the application deadline.
  • If you have taken the GRE more than once, please enter your highest score for each component. If you have not yet taken the GRE, please enter the date you are scheduled to take it.
  • We realize that the GRE scores of students whose first language is not English may be affected by language and cultural differences. This is taken into consideration when applications are evaluated.

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). In response to the temporary closings of testing centers in countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Graduate School will also accept Duolingo English Test examination results for the 2020-2021 application cycle as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS examinations. Only Duolingo English Test scores with subscores will be accepted. If you took the test prior to July 15, 2019, you will need to retake the test to comply with the subscores requirement. 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 the Duolingo

How to Submit

An official copy must be sent to Duke Kunshan University directly from 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. Please request official scores via IELTS Results Service E-Delivery to:

Duke University Graduate School
Graduate Office of Admission
2127 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
USA

Duolingo English Test: There is no institutional code for Duolingo, but applicants will need to select “Duke University Graduate Programs: Graduate School; Divinity; Engineering; Environment; Public Policy; Duke Kunshan” at the “Graduate” program type level as the institution to send scores to. Please Note: Make sure to include subscores when you select your institution. Score reports without subscores will not be accepted. If you are not sure how to include subscores in your score report, please contact Duolingo English Test support on the Duolingo English Test website.

Be sure to alert us if the name on your application is different from the name on your score report.

Score Requirements

  • Your scores must not be more than two years old from August 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2021 and May 2022, your score report must be dated August 1, 2019, or later.
  • We do not accept personal copies, attested copies, or notarized copies of test scores.

Duolingo

  1. Minimum threshold score of 115
  2. Instructions for sending official scores:
    Duolingo English Test: There is no institutional code for Duolingo, but applicants will need to select “Duke University” at the “Graduate” program type level as the institution to send scores to. Please Note: Make sure to include subscores when you select your institution. Score reports without subscores will not be accepted. If you are not sure how to include subscores in your score report, please contact Duolingo English Test support on the Duolingo English Test website.

Additional Language Requirements

All admitted students whose first language is not English are required to take placement exams conducted by the Language and Culture Center at the beginning of the term of matriculation. Depending on the exam results, students are either exempted from or placed into English for Academic Purposes courses. All courses that a student places into are degree requirements.

TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy

To be eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, you must have studied fulltime 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 University regarding the strength of an applicant’s academic English skills. In addition, many graduate departments and programs consider TOEFL and IELTS scores a critical factor during the application review process. Contact your department or program of interest to determine how or whether TOEFL and IELTS scores factor into their application review.

(*English language exam is required of non-native English speakers only)

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

(For dates listed, the deadline is 11:59:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time)

All applicants will be notified of a decision within three (3) weeks of the date all required application materials are received.

Priority Deadline: January 4, 2022 – Applications submitted by this date will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships.

Final Deadline: May 31, 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.

Key information:

Your file is assembled in the Graduate Admissions Office where all official recordkeeping is maintained. The actual in-depth review of your file is conducted by graduate faculty, usually an admissions committee headed by the Director of Graduate Studies. All applications are reviewed with respect to openings in the department and the strength of other applicants. Attention is given to every aspect of an application, with an attempt made to evaluate past achievement as well as scholarly potential. Academic records, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, as well as your own statement of goals and objectives, are all taken into consideration during the review process.

Applicants are understandably concerned about Duke Kunshan University’s standards for admission with regard to grades and standardized test scores. Keep in mind that grades and test scores are only two factors taken into consideration during the application review process. Letters of recommendation and your Statement of Purpose are equally important. Duke Kunshan University is interested in recommendation letters from individuals who are in the best position to assess your true potential as a graduate student, particularly those who are in a relevant field of study. In your Statement of Purpose, be as specific as possible about your research interests and qualifications. If you have particular reasons for choosing Duke Kunshan University, be sure to indicate these.

SCHOLARSHIPS

All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their Graduate School application – no additional application is required to be considered for these awards.  In addition, accepted students may apply for scholarships and awards based on financial need, country of origin, and field of study.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

(For dates listed, the deadline is 11:59:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time)

All applicants will be notified of a decision within three (3) weeks of the date all required application materials are received.

Priority Deadline: January 4, 2022 –Applications submitted by this date will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships.

Final Deadline: May 31, 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.

Before a student can begin graduate work at Duke Kunshan University, she or he must be formally admitted by the Dean of the Duke University Graduate School and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. Decisions about Fall admission are generally made starting in February or March. All applicants are notified of admission decisions via email. The decision notification email will provide instructions for accessing the online decision letter. If you are offered admission, your online letter of admission will include two enrollment options. By clicking the appropriate option (“Accept” or “Decline”), you will be notifying Duke Kunshan University of your enrollment decision. The process of admission is not complete until you have notified Duke Kunshan University of your decision, whether or not you have contacted your department. In general, and unless otherwise indicated, we expect to hear back from you by April 15, or within 15 days of your receipt of the admission letter, whichever is later. If we do not hear back from you within the appropriate timeframe, we will assume that you have declined the offer of admission, and your application record will be withdrawn.

Every candidate who completes an application will receive, at the earliest possible time, notification of the decision reached on the application. Questions about the timetable for decisions or the reasoning behind those decisions should be addressed directly to the department to which you applied.

SCHOLARSHIPS

All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their Graduate School application – no additional application is required to be considered for these awards.  In addition, accepted students may apply for scholarships and awards based on financial need, country of origin, and field of study.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

(For dates listed, the deadline is 11:59:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time)

All applicants will be notified of a decision within three (3) weeks of the date all required application materials are received.

Priority Deadline: January 4, 2022 –Applications submitted by this date will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships.

Final Deadline: May 31, 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.

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Congratulations!

Welcome to Duke Kunshan University!  We are extremely excited to have you with us.  On this page you will find all the information that you will need to be prepared for attending Duke Kunshan this fall.  Below, you can find forms and information pertinent to all admitted students, and follow the links at the bottom of the page for information relevant to your specific program.   We look forward to seeing you soon!

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