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Register for Duke Graduate Academy Short Courses in Summer 2023

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce a new session of the Duke Graduate Academy, which offers online short courses that introduce Duke graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows to skills, tools and knowledge that augment their regular coursework and research.

These short courses help emerging scholars prepare for high-level research, innovative teaching, leadership and/or public engagement.

Courses in the Duke Graduate Academy cover topics not typically included in a graduate curriculum, or provide an intensive introduction for graduate students and postdocs who might not have the time or inclination to pursue a full course in a subject. Instructors are Duke faculty as well as highly trained Duke staff and Ph.D. students.

The Graduate Academy welcomes all current/active doctoral, master’s and professional students at any stage of their studies as well as all postdoctoral fellows. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.

Program Details


2023 Duke Graduate Academy Summer Session Course Descriptions

These Duke Graduate Academy courses will be offered during Duke’s Summer Sessions I and II.

Each course meets regularly for one to three weeks.

Courses are not for credit and are not graded, but they will appear on Duke graduate student transcripts. No offerings require prerequisites or assume areas of knowledge. Classes are offered online with synchronous and asynchronous elements. Instructors will emphasize interactive discussion and group activities/projects to maintain a high level of student engagement.


There is no cost for Duke participants.


All classes meet online/virtually. Individual class schedules are noted in the course descriptions and in DukeHub. Meeting details and coursework materials will be confirmed by instructor email or through course sites.

Registration and Deadlines

Duke Student Registration: Current/active doctoral, master’s and professional students may register for up to two (2) courses via DukeHub.

[Fuqua students, please note: Duke Graduate Academy courses are available to Fuqua students active in an MSQM program or in the Daytime MBA program. Fuqua students must obtain proper permission from their program dean (MSQM) or the Fuqua Registrar (MBA).]

Duke Postdoc Registration: Postdocs may register for up to two (2) courses via Qualtrics.

Waitlists will be used for all courses. Enrollment and all course changes must be completed by the Drop/Add deadline for the relevant Summer Session (May 19 for Term 1; July 6 for Term 2).

Participation, Eligibility and Enrollment

Participation is open to current Duke graduate students, including Duke law and medical students, master’s and professional students. The Graduate Academy is also open to all Duke postdocs. Space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis during registration.

Most courses will enroll 30 students, although some courses may be smaller or larger. Courses with fewer than eight enrolled students may be canceled. Course participation will appear on graduate students’ transcripts.

Contact and Additional Information

For questions regarding the Duke Graduate Academy, or for help with enrollment and withdrawals, please contact Meg Atchison at

See also What We Got Out of the Duke Graduate Academy.

Summer 2023 Course List by Area

Courses are offered in the following broad areas. See all course descriptions.

Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Business & Organizational Fundamentals for Entrepreneurial Action [Filled]
  • Leading Teams: Foundations of Teamwork & Leadership
  • Narrative Design Seminar [Filled]

Communication & Pedagogy

  • Best Practices in Mentoring
  • Navigating Scholarly Publishing
  • Public Speaking for Everyone [Canceled]
  • Social Media for Scholars [Canceled]
  • Science & Research Communication: Communicating Your Research to Non-Experts
  • Teaching With Digital Archives

Interpretive Research Methods

  • Asking Questions
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Design Digital Research: Formulation to Publication
  • Evaluation: Understanding Impact & Improving Effectiveness
  • Introduction to Qualitative & Mixed Methods Research
  • Zero-Code Digital Humanities Text Analysis

Societal & Policy Contexts

  • Exploring Race & History Through Southern Historic Places
  • Science Policy