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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 several routes to completing the MBA: the full-time MBA, the Accelerated Daytime MBA, Global Executive MBA and Weekend Executive MBA.

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FAQ

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 $97,554 per year; this includes budgeted living expenses.

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

The acceptance rate for Fuqua is 22%. 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 670 - 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 5.9 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 5.9. 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 $136,000. 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, which is 22 months long.

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

The Early Action round MBA deadline is September 7, 2022. The Round 1 application deadline is September 26, 2022. The Round 2 application deadline is January 5, 2023. The Round 3 deadline is March 28, 2023.

What percent of Fuqua MBA students are women?

Forty-eight percent of the class at Fuqua are women.

What type of interview does Fuqua use for MBA admissions?

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


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Global Executive MBA - Find Your New Direction

Working professionals from around the globe come together to earn a world-class MBA in this 22-month program. You’ll grow beyond your comfort zone through international residencies that emphasize how culture and institutions shape business in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America. A unique team approach ensures that you learn from your classmates, high-potential peers working in different markets with expertise in different functions. You’ll build business acumen and a diverse global network—without interrupting your career. Learn more here: https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/global-executive-mba

Find Your New Direction at Duke

Finding the right fit is important—for you, and for Fuqua—so the admissions process for each of our programs is designed to ensure we learn about each other. Fuqua invests in your success even before you’re a student, helping you identify the program that’s right for you and supporting you throughout your application.

Admissions

The Class Profile

Fuqua’s Class of 2023 numbers 447 students who averaged 5.9 years of work experience and 29 years of age at the time of matriculation. The class’s 80% range of GMAT scores spanned from 670 to 750, while the 80% range for undergraduate GPAs was 3.1 to 3.9. Forty-eight percent of first-year students are women, and 45% identify as minorities. Forty-seven percent of the student body are international citizens.

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 early September, and applicants learn of their admissions status by mid-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, and an application fee of $225. TOEFL, PTE or IELTS scores may be submitted, but they are not required, even 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 virtual 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)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Essays
  • Two Recommendation Letters
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • TOEFL/PTE/IETLS score(s) (optional)

Essay Topic Analysis

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Duke MBA Essays & Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines Duke / Fuqua’s MBA admissions essays. The Duke MBA essays are for the 2022-2023 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. Duke MBA Essays & Analysis 2022-2023 Let’s take […]


Recommendation Questions

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Duke / Fuqua MBA Recommendation Questions

The recommendation questions for the Duke University Fuqua School of Business are now available.  Fuqua uses an adapted version of the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC. All recommenders are required to use the common letter of recommendation form associated with the online application. One letter of recommendation is required, a maximum of two may […]

Interview Reports

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Walk me through your CV. Why MBA? (since you mentioned this in your walkthrough) Why Duke? Which qualities do you admire the most in a leader? Post MBA plans? What does Team Fuqua mean to you? Is there anything you would have wanted to be asked?

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Early Action / Second-Year Student / Skype

The interview started on a very good note where the second-year student introduced himself and set the tone and format for the interview. it was going to be a conversational interview where he would want me to walk him through my CV, answer his specific questions about my understanding of the Duke Fuqua MBA, answer […]

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Round 1/ Alum / Zoom

The interview was a virtual Zoom meeting. I had an interview with an alum from the program. The interview was based on my resume and it was a list of questions then a casual conversation. 1) Can you please go over your resume with us? 2) Why MBA? 3) What do you hope to get […]

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Early Action / Second-Year Student / Zoom

A very casual conversation with the interviewer. The following questions were asked: 1. Why MBA? 2. Why Fuqua? 3. Biggest accomplishment? 4. Failure? 5. Experience working in a diverse team? 6. Tough feedback given to a junior? Why did you give it, and how did you react to it? 7. There was one more question, […]

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

I had my interview during the open period, with a 2nd-year student. She was very friendly and welcoming, and we had a great back-and-forth that felt natural and conversational. She had a copy of my resume. 1. Walk me through your resume. 2. What are your ST and LT goals? 3. Why are you pursuing […]

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Early Action / Second-Year Student / Zoom

The interview experience was the best so far, tied only with Tuck. Very focused, opened, and friendly interview. It just had 2 curve balls*, totalling 9 questions + follow-up question in 45min. Good luck everyone! 🙂 Here are the questions: – Walk me through your resume – Why an MBA? – Why Fuqua? – Example […]

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Reports: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

This interview was conducted during the Open Interview Round by a 2nd year student. Although the environment was pretty casual, we went through a good amount of interview questions. I wrote down as much as I could remember: 1. She first introduced herself and provided a brief overview of the agenda before we started. 2. […]

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Student / Zoom

Student only had a copy of my resume and in general it was a relaxed atmosphere. Their Zoom connection was bad and they kept buffering as we were talking, but we got through the interview alright. Overall, I thought it was good, she didn’t give any indication one way or the other, but hoping it […]

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Alumnus / Zoom

The interview was conversational. The interviewer kept the mood lighthearted, yet the questions were quite insightful. I had a long interview, lasted an hour and a quarter, but I didn’t seem to notice the time when I was interviewing. Questions- Tell me about yourself. Why MBA? Which schools have you applied to, where does Fuqua […]

Duke Fuqua Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

My interview was with a second-year student. Definitely felt like I was talking to an old friend. 1. Walk me through your resume. 2. Why MBA? 3. Why Fuqua? 4. How do you plan to contribute? 5. What does Team Fuqua mean to you? 6. Tell me about a time you worked in a diverse […]

Duke-fuqua Q&As

Admissions Director Q&A: Shari Hubert of the Duke Fuqua School of Business

We continue our Admissions Director Q&A series with Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Hubert oversees recruitment and admissions for Fuqua’s Daytime MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and four Specialty Masters’ Degree Programs.  Prior to Fuqua, Hubert was in charge of admissions for the Full-time and Evening […]

Admissions Director Q&A: Shari Hubert of the Duke Fuqua School of Business

Diversity and inclusion stand out in the thorough Duke MBA admissions process.  Here to tell us all about it in our ongoing Admissions Director Q&A series is Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Hubert is responsible for overseeing recruitment and admissions for Fuqua’s Daytime MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global […]

Admissions Director Q&A: Shari Hubert of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

Next up in our ongoing Admissions Director Q&A series, we hear admissions insights from Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Hubert is responsible for overseeing recruitment and admissions for Fuqua’s Daytime MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and four Specialty Masters’ Degree Programs. Prior to Fuqua, Hubert […]

Stats

CLASS SIZE447
FEMALE48%
80% GMAT RANGE670 - 750
80% GPA Range3.1 - 3.9

Contact

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]
Web: http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/
Blog: https://blogs.fuqua.duke.edu/duke-mba
Twitter: @DukeFuqua

Duke / Fuqua LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire for Duke / Fuqua

Application results in real time, submitted by site visitors.
June 30, 2022 11:21pm
Accepted from Waitlistvia phone.
GPA: 3.43.GMAT: 660.
June 30, 2022 6:14pm
Accepted from Waitlistvia phone.
GPA: 3.18.
June 30, 2022 1:43pm
Accepted from Waitlistvia phone.
GMAT: 690.East Coast.
June 30, 2022 1:33pm
Accepted from Waitlistvia phone.
GPA: 3.3.
June 27, 2022 6:50pm
Accepted from Waitlistvia phone.

MBA DecisionWire for Duke / Fuqua

Fuq
Enrolled: Duke / Fuqua
Admitted: Duke / Fuqua
GRE: 301 GPA: 3.33
Post-MBA Career: Technology
MIT
Enrolled: MIT Sloan
Admitted: Dartmouth / Tuck, Duke / Fuqua, MIT Sloan
GMAT: 730 GPA: 3.4
Post-MBA Career: Technology
Klg
Enrolled: Northwestern / Kellogg
Admitted: Dartmouth / Tuck, Duke / Fuqua, Georgetown / McDonough, Northwestern / Kellogg, UVA / Darden
GRE: 323 GPA: 3.4
Post-MBA Career: Technology

Academics

Faculty

Fuqua employees nearly 120 full-time faculty member across 8 academic areas. The areas are Accounting, Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance, Management and Organization, Marketing, Operations Management and Strategy. Fuqua faculty contribute to the research agendas of the school’s centers which include the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE), the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), the Center for Energy, Development and Global Environment (EDGE) and Health Sector Management (HSM).

Curriculum

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 are changed up mid-year, all the while working together to complete assignments throughout the core curriculum.

Fuqua’s pre-term and orientation schedule begins in July. An optional Business, Communications and Culture Program is offered in early to 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 at the end of July. Classes commence the following week for first-year students with an intense month of orientation and immersion in a rigorous, hands-on program of three courses that emphasize leading and managing in an uncertain world. 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 41 of which are earned through electives, and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition to completing 38 core credits, which can be earned through electives should students earn exemptions from core courses, students must complete an Applied Learning Requirement, which consists of an internship over the course of at least six weeks in a business that aligns with a student’s sector and function interests. Fourteen courses comprise the core and, along with at least four 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 13 fields of study. Each concentration is comprised of six courses in total. Fuqua further offers two certificate programs: the Certificate of Academic Excellence in Finance, 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 12 days.

Other MBA Degree Options

Fuqua’s 22-month full-time MBA is the longest of its four programs, tied with its 22-month Weekend Executive MBA that uses Durham residencies and hybrid learning to help executives earn their management degrees on the weekends. The Global Executive MBA program is slightly shorter at 21 months, and employs international residencies and distance learning to meet the needs of currently working professionals and executives. Fuqua’s newest offering is the 10-month Accelerated Daytime MBA, designed for students who have already earned their master’s degree in management and thus skip the business fundamentals. Fuqua also provides four dual 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

  • Business Analytics / Decision Science
  • Energy & Environment
  • Energy Finance
  • Entrepreneurship & innovation
  • Finance (Corporate)
  • Finance (Investment)
  • Dual Finance (Corporate and Investment)
  • Financial Analysis / Accounting
  • Fin Tech (Financial Technology)
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Management
  • Marketing (Product Management)
  • Marketing (Market Analysis and Strategy)
  • Operations Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Certificates at Fuqua

Finance
Health Sector Management

Track Offering at Fuqua

Management Science and Technology Management (MSTeM)

Degree Offerings at Fuqua

Full-time MBA Programs
Daytime, Health Sector Management
http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/daytime-mba/

Dual Degree Programs
Doctor of Medicine, Juris Doctor, Master of Environmental Management, Master of Forestry, Master of Public Policy
https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/daytime-mba/dual-degrees

Executive MBA
Global Executive, Weekend
https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/global-executive-mba
https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/weekend-executive-mba

Campus Life

Clubs, Conferences & Competitions

MBA students matriculating at Fuqua have over 60 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 and diversity 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. Meanwhile, Entrepreneurship at Fuqua, the VC Investment Competition and Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Conference offer perspectives on developments in VC and entrepreneurship.

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 spaces such as dining centers and an indoor winter event space. 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 not offer on-campus graduate housing options. 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 338 graduates in the Class of 2021 seeking employment, 90% had received job offers by commencement, and 98% had received offers by three months out. The mean reported salary was $141,109 with a mean signing bonus of $34,958. In both industry and function, consulting was the top draw for 2021 Fuqua graduates; 33% of the class took on that function, while 32% entered the industry directly. The next most popular industry for Fuqua graduates was technology at 27%, followed by financial services and health at 17% and 10% respectively. By function, finance followed consulting at 19%, and 18% of students entered general management functions, with a further 14% taking on marketing roles.

In total, 97% of graduates chose to remain in the U.S. for their post-MBA roles, while the rest accepted positions across the globe. Twenty-eight percent of Class of 2021 graduates who work in the U.S. accepted positions in the West. The Northeast drew 23% of U.S.-bound graduates, and the South region hired 21%.

Financing

Tuition for Fuqua’s daytime MBA costs $70,000 for the 2021-2022 academic year. Fuqua estimates that first-year students of the Class of 2023 will pay $97,554 in total to attend the program for a year, parsing out the cost to include $19,256 in living expenses and $7,666 in fees, insurance and supplies.

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 with or without a co-signer.

Cost of Attendance (first year)

  • Tuition: $70,000
  • Living Expenses: $19,256
  • Estimated Educational Supplies: $632
  • Estimated Medical Insurance & Other Fees: $7,666
  • Total: $97,554

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