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:
your purposes and objectives in pursuing graduate study;
your special interests and plans;
your strengths and weaknesses in your chosen field;
any research projects or any independent research in which you have actively participated and how they have influenced your career choice and desire to pursue graduate studies; and
any particular reasons you may have for applying to Duke Kunshan University (e.g., you would like to work with a specific faculty member).
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).
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.