Congratulations and welcome to Duke MIDP! Please review this page for information on the next steps you will need to take to join us at Duke.


For International Students

If you are an international student, you will need to fill out the electronic visa request form, which will be sent to you by MIDP staff.  Visa documents CANNOT be issued until you have submitted proof of funding for the tuition, fees, and living expenses and proof of funding for any dependents who may accompany you. Please visit Duke Visa Services for more information. For the current academic year’s tuition, fees and living expenses, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

IT, Student Account, ID Card & Health

Each matriculated* student will be assigned a Duke Unique ID, a Student Number, a Duke Net ID and a Duke email address. Duke University Office of Information Technology (OIT) will email you with your Student Number, NetID, start-up password, and information on how to reset a password and activate your account on DukeHub, the automated registration and student information system at Duke.

Once you have received your link from OIT, click on it ASAP before it expires, and follow the directions. Your Net ID is your email, so add to it for your email address. If the email from OIT is older than three days, you will need to request a new password by filling out Net ID password reset form and providing the required proof of identity. It should take less than 15 minutes to receive a new link.

Please contact OIT directly at 919-684-2200 or at if you have not received your Net ID information or if you experience any problems attempting to log on to DukeHub (the automated registration and student information system at Duke).

Until you activate your student account on DukeHub with your Net ID and password, you will not be able to access or execute automated functions for new students.

*You will be matriculated once you accept the admissions offer. The students who have not secured funding and/or visas (international students) in order to begin the semester on time will be de-matriculated.

You will also need to set up the Multi-Factor Authentication system. This is an additional, security approval step that is required to access accounts.

There are instructions on the Multi-Factor Authentication System page for how to set up this additional security step to best suit your needs and devices. Please see their user-guide for detailed instructions.

A notification at the time of log in will require your response by a smart phone, basic cell phone, home or office phone, or a tablet. You will need to enroll your device online on the Multi-Factor Authentication System page by clicking the ‘Enroll in MFA now’ button at the bottom of the page. If your preferred device to receive notifications is a smart phone or tablet, Duke recommends using the app Duo to facilitate the process.

Prior to arriving on campus it is mandatory for incoming students to complete the online health history and immunization form. The preferred deadline* for Spring semester is December 15, and Fall Semester is June 15.

The Duke NetID is required to access this form. To review the health and immunization compliance requirements and access the form, as well as review information regarding the Duke Student Health Insurance Policy, which is required for international students, visit the Duke Student Health Center website.

* While the preferred deadline is June 15 for the Fall semester and December 15 for Spring Semester to ensure there are no delays with processing your paperwork, records will be accepted after this date. Immunization forms should be submitted before your arrival on campus. If you do not complete your required immunizations, you will be withdrawn from the university after 30 days.

Every member of the Duke community must carry a Duke Identification Card at all times.

This ID card gives faculty, students, and staff access to buildings and services and enhances campus security. Your card will be activated to allow access to buildings and facilities after hours during the week and on weekends. It also allows access to the Sanford School parking lot after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Another feature of Duke Card is the Flexible Spending Account, which will allow you to add funds and pay for meals and services on campus. Please review the Duke Card Website for more information about your Duke Card.

You will need to upload your photo before you arrive. We ask you to submit your photo through the DukeCard website by June 30 for Fall admits and November 1 for Spring admits. Photo specifications are found on the website. We strongly encourage you to use the Mobile DukeCard. You can use the Mobile Duke Card anywhere a physical one can be used. 


Lancaster Commons Graduate Apartments, located approximately 2.6 miles from Duke’s West Campus at Western Bypass, is ideal for first-year graduate and professional students who are new to Durham. If you are looking for an apartment, we highly recommend you apply! You must have a Duke Net ID to apply.

Learn more about off-campus housing resources.


Each year the Sanford School compiles a Graduate Student Directory. The directory includes photographs and short biographies of students in each Sanford School graduate program (MIDP, MPP, and PhD).

Please submit a picture (a color photo of your head and face only) and a one-paragraph biography by June 30 for Fall admits, and November 1 for Spring admits to SAKAI (MIDP Program Information\ Assignments). To submit this to SAKAI you need to log in with your net ID and password.  

The biography should contain the following information:

  • Last name, First name
  • Gender
  • Country of citizenship
  • A short paragraph is written in the third person (i.e., “Jay studied at…” instead of “I studied at…”), which tells us the degrees you have earned, where you have studied, places you have worked, and what you hope to accomplish during your MIDP studies.
  • If you have fellowships or awards, don’t forget to include those in your bio!

Join the MIDP current students Facebook group and get to know your fellow classmates before arriving in Durham.

Check out Duke's Summer Transition Series for Graduate and Professional Students. It will help give you an opportunity to meet influential members of the Duke Community and speak directly with experts regarding relevant new student topics.

Assessments, Trainings & Academics

In order to determine proper placement in our economics core courses, all incoming fellows are required to take the Online Economics Assessment. The link to the assessment is located SAKAI (MIDP Program Information\Onboarding and Arrival).

In order to determine proper placement in our statistics core and other courses, all incoming fellows are required to take the Online Statistics Assessment. Based on the result, you will either be exempt from Empirical Analysis (statistics) or you will enroll in it. The link to the assessment is located SAKAI (MIDP Program Information\Tests and Quizzes).

All incoming Duke students are required to complete Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students (SAPG), an online, science-based course. SAPG provides detailed information about the importance of values and the aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationships. The training also discusses decisions regarding sexual activity and sexual assault. Whether or not students plan to engage in sexual activity, the goals of the course are to help students make well-informed decisions about consent, relationships, and the behavior of peers.   

This year, there are three windows for completing the SAPG learning module based on student start terms. 

  • Summer Terms 1 & 2: Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - Wednesday August 2, 2023   
  • Fall Term: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 - Wednesday, August 30, 2023  
  • Spring Term: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - Wednesday, January 24, 2023  

You will receive automated e-mail messages to your Duke email account directly from the SAPG platform with reminders of this requirement. If you have a question, contact for support.

Review the Duke academic calendar for course start and end dates as well as breaks and holidays.

MIDP-specific events and dates will be sent via email as needed.

More information about course registration will be sent via email.

After Arrival

Duke University policy states that all non-U.S. citizen Duke students must present evidence of immigration status to the Duke Visa Services (DVS).

All F-1 international students enrolled in an on-campus program must register within 30 days after arriving in the U.S. and before the first day of class.

The DVS Registration process involves 2 steps:

  1. Online: E-Registration in the Duke Visa Services portal
    • Follow the instructions in the online Portal: watch the presentation, complete all sections, and upload copies of the required documentation. You will need to log in with your Duke NetID and password.
  2. In-Person: Present your passport to Duke Visa Services by visiting the DVS office at 114 South Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse, Bay 7, 1st Floor
    Durham, NC 27708.

Note: You must complete the steps in order - online E-Registration first, then present your passport to DVS.

For J1 visa holders, information may be found on the Registrations, Walk-Ins, and Appointments page.

Failure to comply will result in the inability to enroll in classes. Any students who are outside the U.S. and are unable to comply will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

MIDP Orientation for Fall 2023 incoming students is from August 21 to 25, 2023.

*The MIDP office will use the email address provided on your application until you officially start your classes. Please send any updates of your contact information to