Welcome to Duke OPTIONS

Duke OPTIONS is a tool to help Ph.D. students explore the extensive professional development offerings at Duke and create a personalized plan for their professional development while in graduate school.

Getting started


Log in and create your profile

Click on the NetID login link in the top right to get started.


Explore and add activities to your roadmap

After you have logged in and set up your profile, click on Plan Your Journey in the menu bar to see suggested professional development activities and add them to your personalized roadmap.


Assign target completion dates to your activities

Go to My Map to see your personalized roadmap, assign target dates for completing each activity (called a waypoint), add your own custom activities, make notes to yourself, and set reminder alerts for each waypoint on your professional development journey. Go back to Plan Your Journey at any time to add more activities.

What does Duke OPTIONS do?

There are many professional development opportunities and programs at Duke, especially within The Graduate School. This tool helps you explore the many options available to you by making suggestions based on your discipline, stage in graduate school, and career interests. You can add those suggestions, as well as your own custom activities and milestones, to a personalized roadmap that charts the course of your professional development throughout your time at Duke.

The suggestions are designed to help you increase your competencies in six important areas throughout graduate school (click for details):

What if I'm not yet a Duke graduate student?

You're welcome to explore the tool to see all the ways that Duke supports graduate students in their professional development. Get started at Plan Your Journey Preview. Only authenticated Duke users can save their plans.

Have questions?

Check out our Help section for detailed instructions and more information about Duke OPTIONS. We welcome your ideas for additions to the tool. Share your ideas here!

If you still have questions after reviewing the Help section, please contact The Graduate School's professional development team at grad-profdev@duke.edu.

Funding for Duke OPTIONS was provided by the Council of Graduate Schools ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education and Duke Graduate School.