Students are admitted to the Graduate School to pursue a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology by completing an online application with the Duke University Graduate School Additional information is also available on the Graduate School web site.

The Admissions Committee evaluates candidates based on academic performance, laboratory research experience, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Top candidates are invited to interview in February and are encouraged to take advantage of the visit to meet student members of the Program and faculty. Following the interview, the Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Students can also join the program following admission by one of the interdepartmental training programs (e.g., The University Program in Genetics and Genomics, the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, and the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Training Program). These students join the departmental program with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

Less frequently, students may transfer from another department into the program with the approval of the Admissions Committee.

Matriculation is only allowed in the fall semester.

Financial Assistance

The contributions of graduate students are highly valued in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Duke has a strong commitment to financially support the students it selects for graduate study. The Department and the Duke University Graduate School offer a wide array of financial support. Funding is available from annually allocated awards funds, instruction, endowed fellowships, foundations and other private support, as well as federal research and training grants.

For additional information, please visit the Funding Opportunities section of this web site.