Application Guidelines

Graduate School Application

Application to the Duke University Graduate School is completed on-line via the Apply Yourself network.

Students seeking to receive a graduate degree from Duke University must be admitted to the Graduate School. Applicants to the Graduate School and the MFA|EDA are required to:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree) from an accredited institution.
  • Submit scanned electronic transcripts from all post-secondary school education.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose which includes a personal history detailing one's practice and relationship to documentary and experimental visual arts, as well as what the applicant seeks to achieve through participation in the program. We encourage you to include specific information on past endeavors as well as projects that you wish to undertake during your study.
  • International applicants must also provide official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Please note, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MFAEDA.

To access the on-line application form and complete Graduate School application requirements, please visit the Duke Graduate School website.

Applicants to the MFAEDA are also required to submit a portfolio of work.