How to Apply

The Duke Mathematics Graduate Program offers admission to students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in research mathematics in many areas spanning pure and applied mathematics.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer admission for a Masters degree and we do not have a separate track for students primarily interested in teaching, but Duke does offer a separate Master of Arts in Teaching program.


To be considered for Fall admission you MUST submit your application by December 19. GRE and TOEFL test results, and letters of recommendation can come in after December 19 but must arrive before we begin to review applications in early January.

The list of application materials required by the Duke Graduate School can be found on their Admissions website. For an application to be considered complete, the Graduate School requires ALL of the following:

  • A completed Duke Graduate School electronic application for admission
  • The application fee ($90 USD payable by credit card)
  • Three (3) or more letters of recommendation. The graduate school strongly discourages the submission of more than 3 letters, but the math department does not care if you submit more.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you attended, including any exchange student study.
    NOTE: You can send in unofficial transcripts with your application, but if accepted you will need to supply official transcripts.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores – the general test is required. The mathematics subject is strongly recommended. Almost all of the applicants we accept will have a subject test score above 50%.
    NOTE: GRE scores cannot be more than 5 years old.
  • For international students, TOEFL exams scores. (see Duke's English language proficiency requirements). The math department only admits students with a TOEFL of 100 or more, and a speaking score of at least 20. TOEFL scores can only be 2 years old at the time the application is submitted. We prefer TOEFL exams but we will accept IELTS scores. To be admitted the score should be 7.5 or higher.
  • To be eligible for a TOEFL waiver, you must have studied full time for two years or more at a college or university where the sole language of instruction is English and in a country where English is the primary spoken language. The two years of study must be completed prior to application submission.

Application materials must be sent directly to the Duke Graduate School.

Once the application has been uploaded you can no longer revise it. For example it is not possible to upload updated transcripts that show grades from the Fall semester (or quarter). Of course, letters of recommendation will be added as they arrive.


For questions about the Duke Math PhD Program that are not answered on this website, contact the Department of Mathematics directly at

For questions about university requirements or problems with the online application, you should contact the Duke Graduate School at