Academic Requirements

All Midshipmen are subject to the following requirements:

  • Complete all requirements for bachelor's degree under university rules and regulations
  • In addition to normal course load, Midshipmen must follow these general academic guidelines:
    • Calculus: One year by end of sophomore year (Not required for Marine Option Midshipmen)
    • Physics: One year of calculus-based physics by end of junior year) (Not required for Marine Option Midshipmen)
    • English grammar and composition: One year (Not required for Marine Option Midshipmen)
    • National Security Policy/American Military Affairs: One semester
    • Regional Studies: One semester (Not required for Marine Option Midshipmen)
    • Details about approved courses to fill the above requirements will be provided by your NROTC Academic Advisor.
  • Naval science course each semester
  • Weekly drill instruction periods
  • Four- to Six-week training period each summer

Some Midshipmen may qualify for a five-year program:

  • Scholarship midshipmen may enroll in courses requiring five years for bachelor's degree provided they will not have reached their 27th birthday on June 30 of year in which they complete fifth year and are commissioned
  • Midshipmen enrolled in five-year programs may qualify for compensations and benefits during fifth year
    • Entitlement to additional year of benefits is determined through a separate process after the student has been in program for at least one year
    • Students not entitled to fifth year of scholarship benefits will be granted a leave of absence without benefits to qualify for their degrees; leave of absence normally scheduled for third year, but may be taken during second or fourth year of the five-year curriculum.

The following are the approved NROTC Scholarships for Duke University. They include Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 scholarships. Information regarding what Tier scholarships are can be found here.

The following are the approved NROTC Tier 1 academic majors for the NROTC scholarship at Duke University:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering

The following are the approved NROTC Tier 2 academic majors for the NROTC Scholarship at Duke University:

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology, General and Life Sciences
  • Chemistry (Other Than Biochemistry)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Ocean Science
  • Economics (BS)
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Evolutionary Anthropology (T2)
  • Interdepartmental Major (BS)
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Program II (Alternative Major, BS)
  • Statistics

The following are the approved NROTC Tier 3 academic majors for the NROTC Scholarship at Duke University:

  • African and African American Studies
  • Arabic
  • Art History, Criticism, and Conservation
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Canadian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Classical Civilizations
  • Classical Languages and Literature
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Dance
  • Economics (BA)
  • English
  • Environmental Science/Natural Resources Conservation
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • French
  • French Studies
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • History
  • Interdepartmental Major (BA)
  • International Comparative Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Linguistics: General; Theoretical
  • Literature
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Music - General Performance
  • Music, General
  • Pashto
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Program II (Alternative Major, BA)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Religion
  • Russian
  • Slavic and Eurasian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Women's Studies