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Prospective Students

Please visit the Duke BME graduate program website for official information about research, curriculum, and the application process.

Current and Incoming Student Guides

All three resources provide comprehensive information about the BME PhD program.  Some of the information is covered in multiple places, but all are up-to-date and accurate.

Duke BME PhD First Year Handbook

  • Contact Information
  • Useful Websites
  • Important Dates
  • A Campus Map
  • Housing Arrangements
  • Parking
  • Classes
  • Financial Information
  • Health System
  • Program Specifics
  • Social Life

University Resources for Duke BME PhD students

  • Certificate Programs
  • Research Resources and Core Facilities
  • Conference Travel Funding
  • Research Abroad Funding
  • Parking and Transportation
  • Counseling Services
  • Career Center Resources
  • Legal Services

GPSC News and Survival Guide


Non-BME Courses

For a list of peer-suggested non-BME courses see this page.

Degree Milestones

The documents for the major degree milestones as well as conference travel documentation can be found on this page:

  • Preliminary Exam Form
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Dissertation and Defense

More general information regarding the PhD degree can be found here.

Seminar and TA Short Courses

The department is revamping BME seminar II and adding two semester-long short courses for those serving as teaching assistants (one short course for each TA-ship). BME seminar II is required for all PhD students; the short courses are required for the incoming classes of 2015 and beyond.

Beyond Duke

BEPSA Leadership

Note:  If any of the documents listed above are unavailable to you, please email with your affiliation to duke and your netID.