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Duke / Fuqua MBA Essay Topics 2019-2020

Duke Fuqua MBA essays

The Duke MBA admissions committee has announced the 2019-2020 Fuqua School of Business essay questions for applicants targeting the class of 2022. Fuqua MBA applicants will complete two short answers and two essays for this season’s admissions process.

2019-2020 Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Topics:

Required short-answer essay questions. For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

  1. Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you?
  2. What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan.

First required essay
25 random things about yourself

Instructions: Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed two pages.

For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world.  These ways of thinking set the Duke MBA experience apart, and this concept extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the admissions committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.

Second required essay
The Fuqua community and you

Instructions: Your response should be no more than two pages in length.

Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.

Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community outside of the classroom?

Optional essay
Tell us more

If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in an optional essay.

Please do not upload additional essays or additional recommendations in this area of the application, and limit your response to one page.

Essay Topic Analysis

Access our detailed analysis of the Duke Fuqua MBA Admissions essays. Please note, the content is generally updated with these new essays within a couple of weeks of the essay release.

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Schools: Duke / Fuqua

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