Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Prerequisite Notification

Students will receive formal notification of their prerequisite deficiencies within two weeks of confirming their enrollment for the fall. If you do not receive notification within two weeks of paying the tuition deposit, but you believe that you should have, please send an email to Erika Lovelace, Registrar and Associate Director of Student Administration and Advising, at e.love@duke.edu.


Successful completion of all prerequisite courses prior to the start of the fall term will make your transition into graduate school much smoother and allow greater flexibility in your course selections. Students may enroll in the fall with no more than one required prerequisite deficiency, which they must take in their first academic year. A course taken after matriculation to satisfy a prerequisite does not count toward the credits required for the degree and must be completed with a grade of B- or better during the first year of the program. Students who fail to meet the required prerequisites by the end of the first year of study are at risk of being dismissed from the program.

Students are encouraged to take recommended prerequisite courses for their program area, but the choice whether or not to take recommended prerequisites is left up to the student. Recommended courses are not required.

Successful completion of prerequisite coursework is demonstrated by taking a college level course at any accredited college or university, the course must be taken for college credit and a minimum grade of B- earned. The student must also provide an official college transcript to show proof of completion. Advanced placement courses are acceptable provided the student earned college credit toward their undergraduate degree.

If you are currently enrolled and/or plan to take a course to fulfill a required or recommended prerequisite course, please take a few minutes to complete the enrollment notification form >> here. New students should complete the notification form by May 15. Students who are taking courses during the spring/summer to fulfill a prerequisite must provide official proof of completion of their prerequisite coursework no later than the Friday of Orientation Week.