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.

We have completed recruiting for the 2019-2020 academic year. Sign up to be notified when the 2020-2021 application will be live. 

A Note About the GREs

The Admissions Committee of the Graduate Program in Biochemistry evaluates all candidates on the basis of academic performance, laboratory research experience, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Although GRE scores are required by the Duke University Graduate School to complete your application to the Graduate Program in Biochemistry, our department takes a holistic approach when reviewing applicants that includes attention to evidence of curiosity, creativity, persistence, motivation, resilience, and problem-solving abilities.

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 required, however be aware that we strongly consider the applicants experience, academic record and recommendations.  
    • Subject Test in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or Cell & Molecular Biology (You can submit this test score but it is not required)
  • Official TOEFL scores (Required for International Students, but may be waived)

The application and all supporting documents should be submitted by the December 1st 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 touent freqly 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