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.

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A Note About the GREs
This program does not require applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or other graduate entrance exam scores but does allow you to upload 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. The Admissions Committee of the Graduate Program in Biochemistry evaluates all candidates holistically, on the basis of academic performance, laboratory research experience, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. 

On Campus Interview

Select applicants, living in the US, will be invited to on-campus recruiting weekends in January or February where you will interview with faculty, meet current students, and experience life in Durham.

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)

The application and all supporting documents should be submitted by the December 15th deadline. Official GRE and TOEFL scores may be submitted later, however, we should receive them as soon as possible.  

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