A personal essay is only required for certain health professions programs (Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Speech-Language Pathology) and optional for other programs.

Please discuss the following:

Tell us something about yourself, why you chose your desired major, and why you would like to attend Duquesne University. You may also include any shadowing or volunteer opportunities that you have experienced.

Submit your essay via our application portal (after you've applied). If you choose to apply via Common App, we will accept the Common App essay for all programs listed above -- with the exception of Physician Assistant Studies.

Music Applicants

  • A performance audition is required for all applicants to the School of Music.
  • For additional information regarding the audition process, including audition dates, please visit the School of Music requirements or contact the school directly at 412-396-5064.
  • Auditions occur between the months of December and March.

Physical Therapy

  • Documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer, paid, or shadowing experience in a physical therapy setting is required by August before your first year.

Transfer Applicants

  • Health Sciences - View requirements, or call 412-396-6652 for additional requirements.

Second Degree Applicants