Academic Programs

DKU students


Undergraduate Degree Program

The 4-year undergraduate program at Duke Kunshan provides a pioneering and innovative Duke education in the liberal arts and sciences. Enhanced by a lived experience that is deeply immersed in Chinese society and culture, the program is designed to inform and prepare students to engage critically with the world. It is founded on seven key principles, namely: rooted globalism, collaborative problem solving, research and practice, lucid communication,  independence and creativity, wise leadership and a purposeful life. Dynamic in nature, the program enables students to take a broad range of courses and narrow down to a major as they progress in their studies, thus selecting a degree that matches their individual interests. Classes are discussion-based, experiential and academically rigorous, with a focus on critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. With support from faculty and advisors, students build signature pathways that combine curricular and co-curricular elements, such as research and experiential education. Students also have the opportunity to study at Duke or at other universities abroad during their junior year. After completing the program, students earn a dual degree from Duke University and a degree from Duke Kunshan University.

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Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP)

The four-semester, 16-course international Master of Environmental Policy program is designed to capture the skills necessary for a new generation of environmental policy leaders. It is the first program in the world to draw together the important core requirements in environmental management and public policy, including economics, political science, sociology, history, law, statistics and environmental science.

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Master of Management Studies (MMS)

Students begin this program on Duke’s campus in Durham, where they engage in coursework and team projects at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business; they spend the second half of the academic year taking courses at Duke Kunshan. All of the MMS courses are taught by Fuqua School of Business faculty. The program places an intense focus on career development, and provides career coaching, professional development workshops, recruiter events, as well as access to the global Fuqua network of alumni.

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Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

This program offers two years of technical and professional training, capitalizing on the strengths of the highly successful Duke ECE program as well as DKU's Institute of Applied Physical Sciences and Engineering. Duke Kunshan ECE students spend the first year of their program at Duke Kunshan University and have the opportunity to spend the second year of the program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where they will benefit from collaboration with the dynamic ECE community at Duke.  This program fully integrates classroom education and professional training to prepare students for the active engagement necessary to devise solutions for global technical challenges. This program is for students who desire an international education experience in both China and the US, as well as the knowledge and ability to pursue careers in a variety of fields such as engineering, management, or medicine.

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Master of Science in Global Health (MSc GH)

This program is modeled on the highly successful Global Health Master’s pioneered at Duke University. Based in Kunshan, the program engages students in 10 weeks of international field work and offers the opportunity to study in the U.S. The Duke Kunshan University MSc-GH curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, helping students to understand and address economic, social, environmental, political, and health care inequalities. The program equips students to become innovative global health professionals and leaders in the field.

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Master of Science in Medical Physics (MSc MP)

The field of medical physics applies the concepts of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. The DKU curriculum integrates classroom learning with clinical practicum training, ensuring students gain sound didactic training in foundational physics concepts and an introduction to clinical applications, using state-of-the-art technology and treatment modalities at Duke University Medical Center in Durham and at partner hospitals in China. There are comprehensive programs in three major tracks: radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine. Students may choose to concentrate on one track or across tracks.  One semester is spent at the Duke University Medical Center campus in Durham in partnership with the medical physics graduate program at Duke, which is the second largest such program in the U.S.

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Undergraduate Global Learning Semester

The Global Learning Semester (GLS) at Duke Kunshan was offered between 2014-2018 as a semester-long, undergraduate study away program featuring courses taught by faculty from Duke, Duke Kunshan, and other universities. GLS ran for a total of eight semesters, from Fall 2014 through Spring 2018, with approximately 500 participants. The program offered an intensive liberal arts experience emphasizing small classes, interactivity, and pedagogical innovation. Duke students studied abroad in the GLS program alongside students from China and from other countries around the world. Currently, as Duke Kunshan continues to build out its undergraduate academic programs, the GLS is not offered. We anticipate that a similar opportunity will be available to Duke undergraduates starting in Fall 2020.

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Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is accredited by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China. Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in the United States to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees. Duke Kunshan University is not accredited by SACSCOC and the accreditation of Duke University does not extend to or include Duke Kunshan University or its students. Note that DKU students successfully completing the course of study required by Duke Kunshan University will be conferred both a DKU graduation certificate and diploma officially approved by the MOE as well as a diploma from Duke University (Duke University and its degrees are accredited by SACSCOC).
Further, although Duke University agrees to accept certain course work from Duke Kunshan University to be applied toward an award from Duke University, that course work may not be accepted by other colleges or universities in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from Duke University. The decision to accept course work in transfer from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work.