Frequently Asked Questions

You can expect to complete the program within 1.5 to 2 years. The curriculum consists of 38 credits and necessitates a minimum of three semesters of study. The program focuses on:

– An understanding of key global health concepts and challenges

– A solid foundation in core methodologies used in global health research

– Ethics training and considerations applicable across cultures

– Core concepts to help students evaluate and understand health systems

Upon completing the Master of Science in Global Health Program, you will be awarded an official Duke University degree.

An admission offer is only for the semester and program specified in the letter of admission. Requests for deferral are rarely approved. (Valid reasons for a deferral are: serious health issues, visa issues beyond the student’s control, or military service.)

If you wish to reactivate your file for consideration in a later term, you must create a new Apply Yourself account and submit a new application; your previously submitted application form will not be used for the new application.

We strongly discourage you from requesting more than the required number of recommendations unless the department to which you applied has asked to see additional recommendations. Rather than improving your chances of admission, an excessive number of recommendation letters may actually cause application reviewers to view your file unfavorably.

You cannot change a recommender that is already listed in a submitted application. If you have already submitted your application and need to add a new recommender because one of your original recommenders is unavailable, please email Graduate Admissions at In your email, be sure to specify your name, your date of birth, the program(s) to which you applied, and the name of the new recommender. If you have more than one application on file, you should also specify which application requires the new recommendation. We will then reply to you with detailed instructions for submitting the new recommendation.

Yes. You may submit a credential evaluation from a third party (e.g. WES or ECE), but you must also submit the transcript from your institution.

Yes. Please provide BOTH the original transcript AND a translation from either the school issuing the transcript or a professional translation service.

Unofficial transcripts: Transcripts uploaded to the application are unofficial. An unofficial transcript is also one that:

  • has been opened by the student
  • did not come directly from the school
  • is an uncertified photocopy of the original
  • was not produced by the school
  • was translated by the student or a non-professional translation service

Notarized transcripts are considered unofficial unless they are mailed directly from the educational institution and bear the institutional seal.

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are only required if an offer of admission is made. Do not send official transcripts unless and until you are admitted. The transcript is official if it is sent directly by the institution to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must bear an official signature in ink of the appropriate official at your institution, such as the registrar or recorder of records, and must bear the institutional seal. Certified true copies must be stamped and signed by the institution.

A transcript is an academic record that presents a chronological listing of all courses taken, including the corresponding grades or marks received for each. Please submit the most recent and comprehensive transcript available.

First, make sure the file you are uploading is not larger than 1.5 MB. To achieve a file size this small, do not scan in color and make sure your scanner is on a low-resolution setting. Next, confirm that your document is in Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format. If you are continuing to have difficulties uploading and viewing a legible document, please contact Technical Support via one of the Technical Support links in the online application. If Technical Support is unable to assist you,

Please email Global Health Program at

All application materials should be submitted electronically. Supplemental documents can be uploaded to the Additional Information section of the online application. Please do not mail paper copies of application materials or supplemental documents unless we specifically request that you do so. Mailing materials will create duplicate records in your file and delay the processing of your application.

Yes, you can. It is advised to submit your application once you have completed each section, sent recommendation requests to your recommenders, and requested ETS to send your scores. After submitting your application, the Duke Graduate Admissions Office can include recommendation letters and official test scores as they are received.

Note: Although it is acceptable for recommendations and official test scores to arrive after the submission of your application, it is crucial that we receive them by or before the application deadline.

The minimum criteria are as follows: a TOEFL score of 90 or an IELTS score of 7.0 or a Duolingo score of 125, and a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. It is important to note that we conduct a comprehensive evaluation, considering additional materials such as personal statements, resumes, recommendation letters, and more.

We have scheduled various info sessions in both English and Chinese. Please refer to this link for details.

Merit-based scholarship recipients are selected by an admissions merit-based scholarship committee and are awarded based on a candidate’s overall profile.

We offer two kinds of scholarships:

  1. Merit-Based Tuition Scholarship

All applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship. There is no separate merit-based scholarship application. The admission review committee will evaluate your application materials and determine the amount of the scholarship to cover tuition.

  1. Career Development Scholarship

– This scholarship is granted to students who secure an internship with reputable organizations such as United Nations agencies (e.g., WHO), Development Banks (e.g., World Bank), international foundations, and non-governmental organizations.

– Students eligible for the Career Development Fund can receive financial support during their internship.