Duke University Graduate Program Reviews

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99%
of students recommend
(4.28 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 218 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 15,984 (6,639 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 8% part-time, 92% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $48,656
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 1990

If I had completed a PhD I would have been more integrated into the community.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

Duke Divinity School offers students a chance to work with some of the top theological minds in the country. By striking a unique balance between rigorous academic work and practical ministry, Duke Divinity School prepares seminarians for a variety of vocations. It is true that this is not the cheapest seminary, and the scholarships provided by the university typically cover less than half the cost of tuition. Because of this, everyday life can be a bit of a struggle, but the reward for the struggle is great.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2015

Approachable faculty and a diverse student body are the greatest strengths of this program. Master students are an important part of the department and people will care about your career and research goals. You will meet students from a huge variety of backgrounds with diverse goals and this fosters the academically stimulating environment.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2020

In an awkward social setting but great academic quality
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

pro: student body is extremely helpful - big network contra: Durham is a college town - not much else to do here
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

The psychology program is well structured and the faculty are both accessible and influential in their fields. The research opportunities are endless and Duke has a ton of amazing resources to take advantage of. Students end orientation with an all day human subjects and ethics training and continue to receive such training throughout the program. There is an emphasis on mentorship and many students continue to have connections with their advisors after graduation. It's an extremely supportive program that offers all of the foundational knowledge and research skills you need to be successful. Durham is a little sketchy, it's important to look at crime maps when you are finding a place to live. There is a police presence on campus but there are crimes committed on campus, often at disturbing times of day, like 8PM or 12PM. If you stay vigilant and choose a good place to live it won't be an issue.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Coming to Duke has been a pleasant yet intellectually challenging experience. My capability to conduct and critique science has been significantly improved not solely through personal experiences but also through social interactions, which Duke provides plenty of opportunities for.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

The quality of life and social aspects of this program are terrific, however the student body could be much more diverse.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

There are lots of people who really thrive in the hyper jock "work hard, play hard" culture; the advantage of that team mentality, though, pays off it comes to networking with alumni. Worst features=compared with my liberal arts undergrad it's super-aggressively competitive and the workload is very heavy; the campus is all woods, so close parking is often not possible and it doesn't feel very safe; public transit isn't great and parking services could do more to encourage carpools (if I need to ride separately from my carpool it's $4/day penalty, which is actually more than if I bought my own parking pass--but then the rest of my carpool would be penalized if I got my own pass--the passes for law-adjacent lots sell out instantly). Which brings me to the most annoying part--the costs/fees keep adding up from every direction and are going up insanely fast. Best features=faculty accessibility, quality of network with many great networking events; off campus there's a very affordable, interesting region with a lot of opportunities to enjoy local art, culture, community involvement in quirky, walkable neighborhoods. I also think career services does a really good job.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

Duke University's Adult Nurse Practitioner Program was ranked 10th by U.S. News in 2011. This is an accurate ranking. The pros of this program include: the experienced and approachable instructors, the networking, and the name "Duke" on future resumes. This program is dedicated to it's student's success. Unlike other school which try to weed out the weaker student, Duke's program does everything in it's power to support the students. The cons: recent crime on campus, online courses which are a waste of time, and difficulties with financial aid services. Overall, this program lives up to the level of 10th in the U.S.
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