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Fuqua School of Business – Duke University

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The Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina is the business school of Duke University. Fuqua is noted for its strong healthcare education, and the emphasis it places on teamwork among its MBA students. Along with other postgraduate offerings in business, Fuqua provides students three routes to completing the MBA: the full-time MBA, Global Executive MBA and Weekend Executive MBA.

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What is the tuition for Fuqua’s MBA program?

The tuition for Fuqua’s MBA program is $70,000 per year. The total cost of the Fuqua MBA program is $96,850 per year; this includes budgeted living expenses.

How hard is it to get into Fuqua’s MBA program?

The acceptance rate for Fuqua is 25.1% It is important to consider the acceptance rate in the context of the student profile of those who are admitted.

What is the average GMAT score for admission to Fuqua’s MBA program?

The average GMAT score for the incoming class at Fuqua is not available. The GMAT middle 80% range is 650 – 750.

Does the Fuqua MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The Fuqua MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to Fuqua’s MBA program?

Fuqua does not state a minimum requirement for years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 5 years of experience. 

What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to Fuqua’s MBA program? (or, What is the average age of a Fuqua student?)

The average number of years of work experience among students in Fuqua’s MBA program is 5. The average age of a Fuqua student is 29.

What is the average starting salary for graduates of the Fuqua MBA program?

The average starting salary for Fuqua MBA graduates is $127,874. The salary will vary by industry, with consulting and finance jobs generally commanding the higher salaries.

How long is Fuqua’s full-time MBA program?

Fuqua offers a traditional 2 year MBA program.

What are the application deadlines for Fuqua’s MBA program?

The Early Action round MBA deadline is September 19, 2019. The Round 1 application deadline is October 14, 2019. The Round 2 application deadline is January 6, 2020. The Round 3 deadline is March 11, 2020.

What percent of Fuqua MBA students are women?

The percentage of the class at Fuqua that are women is 42%.

What type of interview does Fuqua use for MBA admissions?

Fuqua offers interviews by invitation. The interviews are blind. This means the interviewer has not had access to the application materials.



The Class Profile

Fuqua’s Class of 2020 numbers 440 students who averaged 5 years of work experience and 29 years of age at the time of matriculation. The class’s 80% range of GMAT scores spanned from 650 to 750, while the 80% range for undergraduate GPAs was 3.1 to 3.88. Forty-two percent of first-year students are women, and 30% identify as minorities. Thirty-eight percent of the student body lived internationally at the time of application. A total of 12% of the class hail from the Southwest region of the U.S., and the Northeast contributes the highest percentage of students at 26%. 


Application Procedures

Those interested in the Fuqua MBA program can submit an application in an early action pool or during any of Fuqua’s three other application rounds. The submission deadline for Early Action (EA) students occurs in late September, and applicants learn of their admissions status by late October. Upon acceptance, EA applicants must withdraw their bids to all other programs.

Fuqua requires applicants to submit its online application form, a one-page résumé, essays, and GMAT or GRE results, though GMAT scores are strongly preferred. Two letters of recommendation are also required, along with official academic transcripts, an application fee of $225, and TOEFL, PTE or IELTS scores, if applicable. Applicants can qualify for the Duke MBA Application Fee Waiver through various avenues, including student recommendations or by attending a qualifying campus visit or event. After a brief open on-campus interview period from mid-September to mid-October, admissions interviews are offered by invitation only both on campus and abroad.


Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • GMAT/GRE Score(s)
  • TOEFL/PTE/IETLS score(s)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Essays
  • Two Recommendation Letters
  • Non-refundable Application Fee

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Recommendation Questions

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Interview Reports

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report / Early Action / Second-year student / On-campus

The interview was with a second-year student. It was blind, he had only my curriculum. He first introduced himself and asked me to do the same. Then he asked me some questions: why Fuqua? How can I contribute to Fuqua? Why diversity was important for me (I mentioned it)? Mention a situation where you had […]

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Second-year Student / On-Campus

Interviewer atmosphere was serious/to the point. Interview lasted an hour in length. The questions comprised of mostly traditional questions with a few oddballs: -Tell me about yourself? -Why an MBA? -Why Fuqua? -Standard “Tell me about a time” questions Oddballs: -If you had to build a team, what attributes would you build based off of? […]

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-campus Shanghai

This was done at 11 am on a Saturday at the 23rd floor of a Marriott hotel in Shanghai. I was the only foreigner there that I could tell. I arrived a little earlier, and joined a bunch of other candidates who were there for the 11 am interviews (others had been scheduled for a […]

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Second-year student / Skype

The interview was very informal and conversational, there were no questions that you would consider out of the ordinary or difficult and the interviewer was very friendly. I started the conversation saying hi and asking him about how the weather was in Durham, just to break the ice. He then told me about himself, his […]

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Second-year student / On-campus

This was an applicant-initiated interview scheduled during Fuqua’s open interview period in late-September. The interview was conducted in Fuqua’s designated interview areas by a second-year student who also led tour groups throughout the day. The interview was also blind (only had access to my resume). Overall, the interview was very conversational, and I truly got […]

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Second Year Student / Skype

Started on Skype with some quick banter because my interviewer and I had a similar background. (Really wasn’t expecting this but it definitely put me more at ease.) Overall, the interview was very informal and felt like a conversation. Biggest Takeaway: Without a doubt, the interviewers are trained to find out how likely you are […]

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report – Early Action / Alumnus / Off-campus

1. He walked through my resume and made a couple of questions about it. 2. Where did you learn English? 3. Why did you choose your college major? 4. Why an MBA? 5. Why Fuqua? 6. What are your short and long term goals? 7. How do you intend to grow as a leader in […]

Duke / Fuqua Interview Questions & Report : Round 1 / Second year / On Campus

The interview was with a second year student, and was very relaxed. There were a few behavioral questions, and it seemed much more fit focused than resume focused. It lasted 30-45 minutes and was not very stressful. I was actually surprised the interview wasn’t a little more rigorous. I was asked the following: 1) Tell […]

Duke / Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / 2nd Year Student / On Campus

The interview was applicant-initiated and part of a full day on campus. The day started off with a group of students meeting some of the HSM team followed by a lunch, adcom Q&A, then the interview, and finally a class at the end of the day. The interview was conversational and very low-key. It started […]

Duke / Fuqua MBA Interview Questions & Reports: R2 / Alumnus / India

My MBA admissions interview at Fuqua was 2 hours long which was unexpected. I got many behavioral questions which my interviewer wanted me to answer with particular job experiences per my resume. In the end, he told me about his experience and if there was anything else I wanted to add. The interview was at […]

Duke-fuqua Q&As

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80% GMAT RANGE650 - 750
80% GPA Range3.1 - 3.88


Mailing Address:
Duke University
Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0120 USA
Phone: 919-660-7705
Fax: 919-681-8026
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @DukeFuqua

Duke-fuqua LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire for Duke / Fuqua

Application results in real time, submitted by site visitors.
January 12, 2020 1:47pm
Applied via portal.
GPA: 3.6. GMAT: 710. USA.
January 7, 2020 11:54pm
Applied via portal.
GPA: 3.52. GMAT: 720.
January 7, 2020 11:42pm
Applied via portal.
December 19, 2019 1:15pm
Rejected via portal.
GPA: 3.23. GMAT: 740. India.
December 19, 2019 9:25am
Waitlisted via portal.
GPA: 3,83.

MBA DecisionWire for Duke / Fuqua

Enrolled: Undecided
Admitted: Columbia, Duke / Fuqua, Michigan / Ross, UVA / Darden
GMAT: 720
Post-MBA Career: Technology
Enrolled: Duke / Fuqua
Admitted: Duke / Fuqua
GRE: 312 GPA: 3.33
Post-MBA Career: Venture Capital
Enrolled: Undecided
Admitted: Dartmouth / Tuck, Duke / Fuqua
GMAT: 710 GPA: 3.86
Post-MBA Career: Consumer Goods
Enrolled: Undecided
Admitted: Duke / Fuqua, UNC Kenan-Flagler
GMAT: 710 GPA: 3.9
Post-MBA Career: Technology
Enrolled: Yale SOM
Admitted: Cornell / Johnson, Duke / Fuqua, UVA / Darden, Yale SOM
GMAT: 710 GPA: 3.6
Post-MBA Career: Other



Fuqua employs nearly 140 full-time faculty members across 11 academic areas of concentration. They also contribute to Fuqua’s five research centers, which include the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, among others.



The school’s guiding concept is “Team Fuqua,” and the academic environment of the MBA program certainly mirrors this cooperative, team-based mentality. Fuqua’s MBA classes of close to 450 students are divided into six sections, and students are further placed into learning teams of four to five peers. These study groups work together to complete assignments throughout the core curriculum.

Fuqua’s pre-term and orientation schedule begins in July. An optional Math Review Course is offered in mid-July, and MBA students in the Health Sector Management program take a weeklong, for-credit class in July that has become known as HSM Bootcamp. A mandatory orientation period takes place over three days in the beginning of August. Classes commence the following week for first-year students with the Global Institute, a for-credit academic program that spans four weeks and introduces students to three core areas of global leadership: Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations; Global Institutions and Environments; and Consequential Leadership. Second-year students begin classes at the conclusion of the mandatory program, or sometime near the beginning of September.

Fuqua’s schedule is organized into four six-week terms per year, and classes do not meet on Wednesdays in order to provide students with a mid-week break. Full-time MBA students must earn a minimum of 79 credits to graduate, at least 44 of which are earned through electives, and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition to completing 26 core credits, which can be earned through electives should students earn exemptions from core courses, students must complete Management Communication, Business Computer Applications and C-Lead 1 & 2. Thirteen courses comprise the core and, along with at least five electives, round out students’ first year at Fuqua. The means to core exemptions vary by course, though many can be earned based on a student’s undergraduate coursework or results on exams offered by Fuqua in July and August.

Students may also opt to focus their studies by undertaking up to two academic concentrations within 12 fields of study. Each concentration is comprised of six courses in total. Fuqua further offers three certificate programs: the Certificate of Academic Excellence in Finance; the Certificate in Management Science and Technology Management, and the Health Sector Management Certificate.  In addition, second-year students can take their studies abroad through a variety of international study options.  Fuqua’s Outgoing Exchange Programs (OEPs), for instance, can vary in length from a single short program to an entire semester or summer break. Meanwhile, Integrated Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) courses give students the chance to spend six weeks studying a country or region in a three-credit elective course before traveling to that location for a little less than two weeks.


Other MBA Degree Options

Fuqua’s 22-month full-time MBA is the longest of its four programs, followed by its 19-month Weekend Executive MBA that uses Durham residencies and distance learning to help executives earn their management degrees on the weekends. The Global Executive MBA program is slightly shorter at 18 months, and employs international residencies and distance learning to meet the needs of currently working professionals and executives. Fuqua also provides four joint degree options for full-time MBA students through other schools at Duke University and one dual degree in partnership with Seoul National University.


Concentrations at Fuqua

  • Decision Sciences
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Energy & Environment
  • Energy Finance
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy


Degree Offerings at Fuqua

Full-time MBA Programs
Daytime, Health Sector Management

Joint & Dual Degree Programs
Doctor of Medicine, Juris Doctor, Master of Environmental Management, Master of Forestry, Master of Public Policy, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Management Studies

Executive MBA
Global Executive, Weekend


Campus Life

Clubs, Conferences & Competitions

MBA students matriculating at Fuqua have over 50 student organizations and clubs to choose from and are encouraged to create organizations that match their interests. The Duke MBA Association, or MBAA, is the student governing body for these organizations. Fuqua offers activity, professional, diversity, and section-related clubs, such as the MBA Energy Club, the Marketing Club and the Asian Business Club. In addition, many students and faculty, staff and community members meet informally at the student center each Friday for food and conversation at “Fuqua Fridays.”

Fuqua’s student clubs sponsor many conferences and events, ranging from the lauded Heath Care Conference—Fuqua’s largest conference—to the MBA Games, which have engaged top business schools in charitable competitions and supported Special Olympics North Carolina for over 20 years. Hosted by the Black and Latino MBA Organization or BLMBAO, the yearly BLMBAO Leadership Conference addresses topics of business leadership through panels and discussions. The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference, meanwhile, offers perspectives on developments in entrepreneurship across several industries.


Campus Spaces

Fuqua lies within the West Campus of Duke University. The cornerstone of Fuqua’s campus is the Fox Student Center, which joins the main wings of the school while also providing living spaces such as dining centers and an indoor winter garden. Fuqua’s most recently constructed building is Breeden Hall, which opened its doors in 2008 and includes class and meeting rooms as well as the Ford Library and MBA admissions offices. The school does note the limited availability of on-campus graduate housing options provided by the university. Most MBA students live in the greater Durham area, and those accepted to Fuqua can access Duke’s Community Housing Office for guidance in securing accommodations.

MBA Careers

Career Services

Fuqua’s Career Management Center serves students and alumni through a variety of career resources, including on-campus, regional and virtual workshops as well as on-campus recruiting options. Many of the staff members at the center specialize in different regions, functions and industries and also in advising students of Fuqua’s different MBA programs. The online [email protected] service allows recruiters to directly post openings for Fuqua students in a centralized database of upcoming events and job fairs, employer profiles and more. Fuqua students can also contribute to a Résumé Book compiled by the Career Management Center. On-campus interviews for second-year students formally begin in early October, though networking nights and corporate presentations begin in mid-September.


Career Statistics

Of the 383 graduates in the Class of 2018 seeking employment, 89% had received job offers by commencement, and 96% had received offers by three months out. The mean reported salary was $127,874 with a mean signing bonus of $33,202.  In both industry and function, consulting was the top draw for 2018 Fuqua graduates; 35% of the class took on that function, while 32% entered the industry directly. The next most popular industry for Fuqua graduates was technology at 28%, followed by financial services and health at 16% and 9% respectively. By function, general management followed consulting at 21%, and 20% of students entered finance functions, with a further 18% taking on marketing roles. 

In total, 92% of graduates chose to remain in the U.S. for their post-MBA roles, while the rest accepted positions across the globe. Thirty percent of Class of 2018 graduates who work in the U.S. accepted positions in the West. The Northeast drew 25% of U.S.-bound graduates, and the South region hired 20%.  


Tuition for Fuqua’s daytime MBA costs $70,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fuqua estimates that first-year students of the Class of 2021 will pay $96,850 in total to attend the program for a year, parsing out the cost to include $18,702 in living expenses and $8,148 in fees, insurance and supplies. The latter cost is factored in for first-years only; the estimated yearly cost for second-years is $92,545 due to the one-time costs incurred by first-year students. Fuqua automatically considers applicants for its range of merit-based scholarships. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can also finance the cost of their MBA through federal or private loans. These applicants must complete the FAFSA to be considered for aid. Finally, international applicants can apply for international student loan programs to gain financial assistance without a co-signer.


Cost of Attendance (first year)

  • Tuition: $70,000
  • Living Expenses: $18,702
  • Estimated Educational Supplies: $666
  • Estimated Medical Insurance & Other Fees: $7,482
  • Total: $96,850

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