The GLS program offers students the opportunity to take courses from across the disciplinary spectrum.   For further details about course grades and requirements, see the Degree Requirements or Academic Policies pages.  

A. The Registration Process

Registration takes place in October for the spring term, February for the summer term, and April for the fall term.  Registration at Duke is available online through DukeHub. Bursar accounts must be up-to-date and in good standing prior to registration. If not, accounts will be blocked, preventing registration until the account is current.

​B. Continuation

Continuous registration is required in order to maintain good standing in The Graduate School.  GLS students must register for a course each fall and spring and register for Continuation (CTN) -- whether or not they are taking courses that semester.

If you plan to take a fall or spring semester off, and do not plan to take a leave of absence, register for Continuation before the Drop/Add deadline to avoid a late registration fee and maintain continuous registration as required by the university.  You should register for Continuation for the summer semester only if you plan to finish your master's project and graduate that summer.

C. Changes in registration

Drop/Add.  The Drop/Add period begins the day after registration and continues through the second week of the new semester.  Be sure to verify the exact date that the Drop/Add period ends by consulting the Registrar's academic calendar. During this period, courses may be dropped or added without penalty. It is important to finalize registration before the end of the Drop/Add period in order to receive a tuition refund.

Courses dropped after the end of the Drop/Add period will not be refunded and will be billed to the Bursar account. In addition, withdrawal from the course will be recorded on the transcript.

Wait lists.  When a class becomes full, the ACES registration system will automatically generate a wait list. Registration, and consequently the wait list, is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.