Admissions

Eligibility

iMEP seeks applications from a variety of academic, professional, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The iMEP Program is an international program seeking applicants from across the globe. The selection committee considers the applicant’s academic performance as an undergraduate, range of courses taken, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, TOEFL and IELTS scores, English and writing skills, personal statement, relevant work experience, and faculty and employer evaluations.

As prerequisites, applicants must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Also, iMEP recommends students complete both basic statistics and microeconomics courses prior to enrollment.

Application

Applications are submitted online through the iMEP admissions website. The application priority deadline for the iMEP Program is January 15. After the priority deadline, applications for the iMEP will continue to be accepted and considered on a space available basis until May 31. The iMEP Program waives the application fee. The online application page is available at env.dukekunshan.edu.cn/admissions/how-to-apply.

In addition to the prerequisite bachelor’s degree, the following are required:

  • Complete online application form

  • Résumé/ CV

  • Statement of Purpose (500–1,000 words): As part of the online application, the applicant must upload a Statement of Purpose. The statement should be one to two pages and single-spaced. It should briefly discuss:

    • Purposes and objectives in pursuing graduate study;

    • Special interests and plans;

    • Strengths and weaknesses in the applicant’s chosen field;

    • Any research projects or any independent research in which the applicant has actively participated and how they have influenced their career choice and desire to pursue graduate studies; and

    • Any particular reasons the applicant may have for applying to Duke Kunshan University (e.g., the applicant would like to work with a specific faculty member).

  • Transcript(s): Transcript from each post-secondary institution attended is required (an uploaded unofficial transcript with degree posted and other transcripts for all colleges and universities attended).

  • Test Scores:

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to Duke Kunshan University, using institution code 7552. No department code is needed. If ETS requires a department code, select any one of the department codes listed. Regardless of the department code entered, the scores will come to Duke Kunshan University as long as applicants use institution code 7552. Be sure to alert the iMEP Program if the name on an application is different from the name on an applicant’s score report.

    • GRE Equivalent: Applicants may apply for a GRE score waiver by meeting any of the following requirements:

      • High GPA and appropriate coursework at an elite university. The applicants from DKU and “Project 985 Universities” in China with 3.5+ GPA or top 20% ranking in the major class can request to waive the GRE. Applicants without an undergraduate degree from an English-language university must have 105+ TOEFL (or 7.5+ IELTS). The applicants from outside China must provide evidence to justify their course work and university status.

      • Specific alternative tests. GMAT, LSAT, TEM-8 scores can be used in lieu of GRE.

      • Years and quality of experience for mid-career professionals. The work experience must be sufficient to demonstrate writing, quantitative and analytic skills.

      • Advanced terminal degrees such as PhD, MD, JD, and EdD.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The program’s language of instruction is English, and written and spoken English proficiency is required. Students who are not native English speakers must provide language evaluation test scores with their application materials.

      • TOEFL: The minimum score for the TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) is 90. Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to Duke Kunshan University, using institution code B624. Applicants do not need a department code. If ETS requires a department code, select any one of the department codes listed. Regardless of the department code entered, the scores will come to Duke Kunshan University as long as applicants use institution code B624.

      • IELTS: The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0. Please email iMEP@dukekunshan.edu.cn for mailing address. The IELTS is administered by Cambridge ESOL, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. See ielts.org for more information.

      • Duolingo English Test: There is no institutional code for Duolingo, but applicants will need to select Duke University

        Graduate Programs: Graduate School; Divinity; Engineering; Environment; Public Policy; Duke Kunshan as the institution to send scores to. Make sure to include subscores. Score reports without subscores will not be accepted.

      • TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo Waiver Policy: If applicant’s native language is any language other than English, they

        must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo exam. This requirement may be waived if the applicant earned an undergraduate degree in the United States, earned an undergraduate or master’s degree from an English-only speaking institution outside of the United States, or has been working in the United States for two years or more. If you believe you qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver based on the above criteria, indicate your eligibility in the Additional Academic Information section of the application under the Test Score Instructions for the TOEFL/IELTS exam. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not examine, confirm the status of, or grant any waiver requests prior to extending an offer of admission.

  • Letters of Recommendation: At least two letters of recommendation (two academic references and one professional preferred).

Visiting Duke Kunshan and the iMEP Program

Professors, scholars, and prospective students are welcomed to visit iMEP at Duke Kunshan University. During the visit, they can learn detailed information about academic programs, research projects, administrative methods, and cooperation opportunities. To schedule a meeting with the iMEP Program, please contact program coordinator Wanyong Ge (wanyong.ge@dukekunshan.edu.cn).