Qualified applicants will have strong undergraduate training in the chemical and/or biological sciences. All applications and related material are received by the Graduate School and complete applications are reviewed by the Biochemistry Admissions Committee, which is composed of departmental faculty members.


The application period for the 2021-22 academic year is now closed. 
If you'd like to learn more about the biochemistry program and our research, sign up here.


Select applicants will be invited to virtually interview with faculty on recruiting weekends in January or February. You'll also be able to meet with current students during an online event. 

Application Refund

We are fully committed to having as diverse a community as possible at Duke Biochemistry. To fulfill this goal, the Department of Biochemistry will refund the $95 application fee for prospective students who are members of organizations or show exceptional need. To qualify, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Show that you applied for a fee waiver by the Duke Graduate School but were denied.
  • Paid the application fee in full.
  • Show exceptional need or be affiliated with at least one of the following organizations or partnerships.

Application Quick List

  • Completed Application (Required)

    • Transcripts including GPA
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume  (Strongly recommended, but not required)
  • Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) is optional. We consider the applicants holistically, including their experience, academic record and recommendations.  
    • Subject Tests in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or Cell & Molecular Biology are optional.
  • Official TOEFL scores (Required for International Students, but may be waived)

Note: Students seeking admission to the Department of Biochemistry must apply to the Graduate School of Duke University. Before you begin, please read the entire Admissions website carefully, as it gives you further information on your requirements. Pay close attention to the Application Instructions—it’s a "checklist" for mandatory materials and provides answers to frequently asked questions. 

For more information about the application process, please read our frequently asked questions or if you’d like to speak with someone directly contact:

Amy Norfleet
Director of Graduate Studies (DGSA)
251 Nanaline H Duke
Box 3711, DUMC
Durham NC  27710

"Rigorous yet welcoming perfectly summed up my first impression of Duke’s biochemistry program. But I chose to matriculate because of the collective efforts to help each student become a future scientist. The values incorporated into the program—critical thinking, a growth mindset, a passion for discovery—have challenged and encouraged me to reach my potential, alongside like-minded fellow candidates. More importantly, the department has inspired me to critically engage in my research, to embrace the valuable insights from one another, and above all, to celebrate our individual contributions to our larger scientific community."

—Duc Huynh, 2018 Matriculant