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Applicants to Duke Kunshan University’s graduate programs must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. If the degree was granted by an institution outside of the U.S., the institution must be accredited by the governing educational body of the country (such as the ministry of education).
As part of your online application, you must upload a Statement of Purpose. The statement should be one to two pages and single-spaced. It should briefly discuss:
At least two letters of recommendation (two academic references and one professional preferred).
Transcript from each post-secondary institution attended is required (an uploaded unofficial transcript with degree posted and other transcripts for all colleges and universities attended).
UGPA Grade Scale and Conversion: if the GPA scale used on your transcript is not a 4.0 scale, please use this guide for converting your GPA to a 4.0 scale.
GRE scores: In light of testing center disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, most programs have waived the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test score requirement for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants to GRE optional programs may still submit GRE scores if they feel the scores enhance their application. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application.
Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to Duke Kunshan University, using institution code 7554. You do not need a department code. If ETS requires a department code, select any one of the department codes listed. Regardless of the department code entered, the scores will come to Duke Kunshan University as long as you use institution code 7554. Be sure to alert us if the name on your application is different from the name on your score report. Your scores must not be more than five years old from August 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2019 and January 2020, your score report must be dated August 1, 2015, or later.
TOEFL: Your scores must not be more than two years old from August 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2020 and May 2021, your score report must be dated August 1, 2018, or later. Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to Duke Kunshan University, using institution code B624. You do not need a department code. If ETS requires a department code, select any one of the department codes listed. Regardless of the department code entered, the scores will come to Duke Kunshan University as long as you use institution code B624. TOEFL Mybest Score is accepted.
IELTS: IELTS is administered by Cambridge ESOL, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. Please send scores via IELTS Results Service E-Delivery to:
Duke University Graduate School Graduate Office of Admission
415 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Duolingo English Test: There is no institutional code for Duolingo, but applicants will need to select Duke University Graduate Programs: Graduate School; Divinity; Engineering; Environment; Public Policy; Duke Kunshan as the institution to send scores to. Please Note: Make sure to include subscores when you select your institution. Score reports without subscores will not be accepted. If you are not sure how to include subscores in your score report, please contact Duolingo English Test support on the Duolingo English Test website.
TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy: If applicant’s native language is any language other than English, he/she must submit an official score from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. This requirement may be waived if the applicant earned an undergraduate degree in the United States, earned an undergraduate or master’s degree from an English-only speaking institution outside of the United States, or has been working in the United States for two years or more.
If you believe you qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver based on the above criteria, indicate your eligibility in the Additional Academic Information section of the application under the Test Score Instructions for the TOEFL/IELTS exam. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not examine, confirm the status of, or grant any waiver requests prior to extending an offer of admission.
*The program’s language of instruction is English, and written and spoken English proficiency is required. Students who are not native English speakers must provide language evaluation test scores with their application materials.
The application for 2022 admission is open.
|Round||Application Deadline||Program Decision Release|
|Round 0||Aug. 31, 2021||Sep. 14, 2021|
|Round 1||Oct. 31, 2021||Nov. 15, 2021|
|Round 2||Jan. 15, 2022||Feb. 10, 2022|
|Round 3||May. 31, 2022||Jun. 15, 2022|
*for dates listed, the deadline is 11:59:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time
Early Bird Deadlines: August 31, 2021 and October 31, 2021 –Applications submitted by these dates will receive high priority consideration and applicants will be notified of admission status within two (2) weeks. All applications submitted by these dates will also receive priority consideration for scholarships.
Priority Deadline: January 15, 2022 –Applications submitted by this date will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships.
Final Deadline: May 31, 2022 –After the priority deadline, applications will continue to be accepted and considered on a space-available basis until this date.