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View the below application process and instructions before beginning an application.

Create an account

Beginning with Fall 2022 applications we are utilizing a new application system. To begin your application, you will need to register a Duke Onelink account. If you have ever applied to another Duke University program, including the undergraduate program, chances are you already have a OneLink account, it may just need to be reactivated. If you choose to link your OneLink account to your social media, you must first log out of any existing social media accounts before attempting to link the two.

For assistance creating a OneLink account or accessing your application, visit the OneLink Help Page or contact the OIT Help Desk, which is open M-TH 24 hours, Fridays 12am-5pm, and Sundays 3pm-12am.

Work on your application form

The system requires you to submit information in 3 sections in order to complete your application. The first step is to answer all required questions and submit the application form.

Submit required supplemental documents by deadline

Supplemental materials such as unofficial transcripts, statement of purpose, resume should be uploaded within the application portal. We support ONLY PDF file formats for uploads. Uploaded documents should be no more than 1.5MB in size.

Add your recommender information

The number and type of recommendation letters required vary by program and/or plan. View the to learn more.

All applicants will be asked to provide recommender’s contact information as part of the online application. After you enter your recommender’s information, the system will automatically send an email request to your recommender. Your recommenders must submit their letters of recommendation electronically via the online recommendation system.

In the Recommendations section of the online application, choose "Add Recommender" to enter the contact information of your recommenders, including their e-mail addresses. Each recommender will then receive an e-mail that includes a link to an online recommendation form. This is the form the recommender will complete in support of your application. We ask that you provide professional email addresses for your recommenders if possible. Recommendations sent to a general email account (Gmail or Yahoo, for example) will be more closely monitored in our application credentials review process.

Pay the fee and submit your application

A $50 non-refundable application fee is collected by credit card when you submit the online application. We recommend that you submit your application as early as you can to ensure that you have adequate time to upload all required supplemental materials by your chosen degree program’s deadline.

As part of your online application, you must upload one copy of the scanned unofficial transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution where you

  • earned (or will earn) a degree;
  • studied for one semester or more;
  • earned 12 or more hours of credit; or
  • took classes that relate to your graduate study interests.

If you took classes at a college or university while in high school, do not list the college or university as a separate school in your application unless the credits you earned applied to your bachelor’s or associate’s degree.

You do not have to provide a separate transcript for study abroad credits, as long as the credits are listed on the transcript from your home educational institution. If you list a study abroad institution in the Academic History section of your online application, the system will require you to upload a document. If the study abroad credits are listed on the transcript from your home educational institution, upload a document stating that fact. If they are not listed, you must upload a transcript from the study abroad institution. Make sure your file is in PDF format and does not exceed 1.5 MB (1,500 kb) in size.

My School Doesn’t Issue Transcripts to Students

If your school does not issue transcripts directly to students, upload a statement that states that your school will be sending the transcript to Duke as your transcript in the Academic History section of the application. Then ask the school to either send a secure, electronic copy of your transcript to or mail a paper copy to:

Duke University School of Nursing
Office of Admissions
DUMC Box 3322
307 Trent Dr.
Durham, NC 27710

Note: This address is both a physical location and a mailing address. If your mail service will not deliver to a post office box, delete "DUMC Box 3322" from the address.

TOEFL Scores

Any applicant who does not currently hold a United States permanent resident card (green card) or who has never studied at a U.S. Institution must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered through the Educational Testing Services. The TOEFL institution code number for Duke is 5156 (departmental code not needed). The applicant’s score must not be more than two years old, and an official copy must be sent to Duke University directly from the testing agency. Personal copies or attested or notarized documents are not acceptable.

It is the policy of Duke University to consider only those students who achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 or a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (Internet-based test) with minimum sub-scores of 22 in Reading, 22 in Listening, 26 in Spelling and 24 in Writing.

TOEFL Waiver Requests

Applicants can request a waiver for the TOEFL exam by writing to the Office of Admissions and stating why the TOEFL should not be required. Include your resume or CV in your request. Applicants requesting a TOEFL waiver will be notified of the decision four to six weeks after the request has been received.

International Applicant Requirements

Please visit the Students with International Credits webpage for information on other related admissions requirements.

Select the application for your desired start date:

Monitor Your Application Status

Our Admissions team will communication with you via email during decision making.  

You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible. Once your application fee and online application are submitted, you will be able to monitor the submission of your application. To monitor the submission of uploaded documents such as recommendations, resume and personal statements, please log back into your Application.

To monitor the submission of your transcripts as well as admission and financial aid decisions, please log in to the Duke Applicant Self-Service Portal and refer to this user guide.1

After uploading all of your supplemental items for your application, you will receive an email within 72 hours informing you that an account has been created in Duke Applicant Self Service. This email will provide instructions on how and where to login.

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