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GRE and TOEFL/IELTS exams

When required, test scores must be provided to the Rotary Foundation no later than September 1. Duke’s MIDP program does not require the GRE, and many programs at UNC do not require the GRE (though some do). It is best to check the UNC program of interest’s website to make sure about the current GRE requirements. And it is essential to check with admissions in your program of interest at Duke or UNC to make sure about English language exams. During the pandemic, some academic programs are now accepting new internet-based exams. When in doubt, email us and we can point you in the right direction.

  • GRE exam – no more than 5 years old
  • TOEFL/IELTS – no more than 2 years old

When you register for the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS exams, you should indicate the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School or Duke University Graduate School as score recipients. The UNC Graduate School Institution Code is 5816. The Duke University Graduate School Institution Code 5156. ETS will require you to select a department code. It does not matter which department code you choose. The Graduate School will receive the scores as long as you choose the above mentioned institution codes of 5816 and 5156.

Here is more information about taking the GRE and how to find GRE testing locations.

We encourage anyone taking the GRE exam to study for it using some of the free online practice tests below.

And some tips for preparing:

Regarding the IELTS or TOEFL exam, all international candidates must submit acceptable, official TOEFL (reported directly from ETS.org) or IELTS (reported directly from IELTS.org) scores. 

UNC minimum requirements:
· 90 for an internet-based TOEFL
· 550 with a minimum of 50 in each section for the paper-based TOEFL
· 7.0 for the IELTS
More information about the UNC English proficiency requirements.

Duke minimum requirements:
· 577 for paper-based TOEFL
· 90 for an Internet-based TOEFL
· 7.0 for the IELTS
More information about the Duke English proficiency requirements.

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