Duke - The Fuqua School of Business



Application Process

International Applicants


Student Life

  • What is the class size?

    We anticipate a class in the range of 120-150 students.

  • Do I need to secure my own housing?

    Yes. Duke does not arrange for MQM student housing. All Fuqua students live off campus in houses or apartments. There are a number of affordable housing options located near Fuqua. Read this blog post to learn more about where one year master's students typically live.

  • Will I have access to Fuqua resources and student clubs?

    Yes. You have access to all Fuqua facilities such as libraries, study rooms, and dining rooms and you may choose to participate in MQM student clubs. Like our MBA and Master of Management Studies programs, your class will create clubs geared to your classmates' interests. MBA activity and diversity clubs are also receptive to MQM involvement, however, most MBA professional clubs are not open to MQM student membership.

  • Are there breaks between terms?

    Yes, there are breaks between each term. The fall, winter, and spring breaks are all longer than breaks you may have had in your undergraduate experience. These breaks are designed to provide you with time to facilitate your job search.

Financial Aid

Recruiting and Careers

  • What is the role of the Fuqua Career Management Center (CMC) in helping me get a job?

    The CMC partners closely with you to provide support in 3 primary ways:

    1. Program and Resource Development: A comprehensive program of career development, job search workshops, and other resources.
    2. Career Coaching and Counseling: Individual and small-group consultation in person, over the phone, and by email on both an appointment and walk-up basis.
    3. Corporate Marketing and Outreach: A comprehensive approach to expand the MQM recruiting portfolio, to develop new and existing recruiting partnerships, and to assist you in gaining access to employers of interest. We leverage existing corporate partnerships to expose students to a variety of premier employers.
  • What guarantee do I have that this program is worth it? Am I going to get a job or a better job?

    While there is never a guarantee of employment, this program was created in large part as a response to recruiter feedback. Employers have repeatedly told us that they find significant value in the types of candidates we will produce: technically trained undergraduates who can communicate solutions to a wide variety of business problems using modern quantitative techniques.

    Our Career Management Center (CMC) has strong relationships with many premier employers. Our expert staff provide career programming, including a comprehensive outreach program to educate recruiters about the value MQM graduates bring to organizations. As an MQM student, you will not compete for (nor will you be recruited for) the same positions as MBA students. Many of the same companies, however, may recruit from both programs.

  • How competitive will I be in the job search process?

    The MQM program is designed to give you a skillset that few other programs can offer. By focusing on modern quantitative techniques within a targeted track, you will develop a deep insight into the types of business questions that need immediate solutions, as well as develop the strong communication skills necessary to translate these insights into action. This will give you a distinct professional profile and a key advantage over recent college graduates in the job search process.

  • What types of job opportunities might be available to me?

    The type of opportunity will depend on the track you choose to focus your studies. Generally, companies will be recruiting for analyst-level positions in a variety of industries such as market research, financial services, consulting and others.

  • What are the career opportunities for international students?

    The Master of Quantitative Management is a STEM-designated (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree program. This designation gives international students who meet certain requirements the opportunity to work in the United States for a total of 3 years (24 months of STEM OPT extension beyond the regular 12 month OPT). Learn more about the OPT extension for STEM students.

Credential Verification

  • What is the purpose of the background verification process?

    We use a third party vendor, Re Vera Services, to conduct background verifications to evaluate the accuracy of information included in your application. This is a standard part of your enrollment at Fuqua and we do not anticipate finding any inconsistencies between the information you reported in your application and our investigative results. We fully expect all matriculants to join Team Fuqua.

  • How much does it cost?

    $85.00, and you will be responsible for paying the fee directly to Re Vera Services, via credit card. The fee will cover the cost of verifying your contact, employment, education, and recommender information, as listed in your application.

  • What will I have to do to begin this process?

    If admitted, you will be provided with an instructional email including next steps for the verification process. You will receive the instructional email following your admission decision release and after all student data has been transmitted to Re Vera for upload. You do not need to take any action regarding verification until you receive the instructional email. The email will also include a due date by which the next steps must be initiated. You will be asked to login to the Re Vera Services website, by the date assigned, electronically sign a release form and submit a $75 payment.

  • How long does it take to complete the process?

    Verification takes approximately 2-4 weeks, but the timeline could be longer depending on factors out of Re Vera's control, such as slow response times from your recommenders or employers. Due to such factors, it is possible that your verification may not be completed before the MQM program starts. This is not cause for concern as we will continue with your verification until it is fully complete.

  • When will I know that the process is complete? Who will contact me?

    Once your background verification has been successfully completed, you will receive an official notification email from The Office of Admissions. Please DO NOT contact Re Vera Services or Fuqua to inquire about the status of your verification.

  • When should I expect to receive communications from Re Vera Services?

    Re Vera Services will send a confirmation e-mail once your payment and release form have been received.  Some companies require a SSN to release employment verification information.  If this is a requirement by one of the companies listed in your application, Re Vera will contact you through a secure portal to request your SSN.  You may also expect to receive communication/s from Re Vera Services regarding application materials, or if a discrepancy is found.  Note: you may receive emails from several different people at Re Vera Services as each individual specializes in a particular area of the process.  Please make sure to specify your preferred email address on your release form and be on the lookout for emails that require your attentio

  • Do I need to contact my employer/recommenders?

    Yes. Notify your current and past employers that Re Vera Services may contact them to confirm your employment information. It is also a good idea to inform your recommenders as well. Please see sample verbiage below:

    Sample Verbiage: I have been accepted to Master of Quantitative Management program at The Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina. The Fuqua School of Business employs a third party vendor to conduct background verifications. The verification process is conducted to evaluate the accuracy of information included in my application. This is a standard part of the enrollment process in which The Fuqua School of Business does not anticipate finding any inconsistencies between the information reported in my application and their investigative results. They fully expect all matriculants to join Team Fuqua as planned.

    Employer: I would like to inform you that Re Vera Services may contact you in order to verify my employment. If Re Vera Services should contact an HR representative instead, please feel free to redirect me to the appropriate HR resource by providing a name and phone number of the proper contact.

    Recommender: I would like to inform you that Re Vera Services may contact you in order to verify your recommendation.

  • What exactly do you look for?

    Re Vera Services will be verifying your contact, employment, education, and recommender information, as listed in your application.

  • I have not told my current employer about my plans to attend business school. How should I handle the background verification of my current employer?

    If you have not notified your current employer about your plans to attend business school, then notify Re Vera immediately after you receive notification from The Office of Admissions that you are able to access and initiate the background verification process. You may do so by emailing fuqua@reveraservices.com

    Re Vera Services can place a HOLD on this portion of your file which will not delay other portions of the verification. You will receive confirmation of your HOLD status from Re Vera Services. After Re Vera Services has confirmed your HOLD status, you should then fill out and submit your release form and payment online as soon as possible to initiate the other portions of the verification process.

    Company policy requires that you send Re Vera Services something in writing (email is acceptable) to release the hold on your file. Send Re Vera Services an email as soon as you leave your current position, or your file will remain open and incomplete. Since your matriculation or continued participation in the program is contingent on the verification, please remember to release the hold as soon as you have left your current position. All holds must be released by the first day of orientation.

  • I am self-employed, or have been self-employed at some point in my career. What documents do I need to provide to Re Vera Services for the verification to be successful?

    If you indicated a period of self-employment on your application, please be aware that your verification will not be complete until you forward corporate documents including (but not limited to) Articles of Incorporation noting state or place of incorporation. Send these documents to fuqua@reveraservices.com (PDF is preferred) or fax to +1.617.275.8641. Documents from foreign countries do not need to be translated, but please include the exact place of incorporation if not noted in your paperwork.

  • What should I do if my contact information has changed since I submitted my application?

    You will not have the option to update information via Re Vera Service's website. Any desired changes will need to be forwarded to Re Vera Services at fuqua@reveraservices.com. Please also copy the Office of Admissions at admitted@fuqua.duke.edu so that we may update our records as well.

  • What should I do if my recommender's contact information has changed since I submitted my application?

    Relay this information to Stacey Goldberg at sgoldberg@reveraservices.com and include "The Fuqua School of Business - Recommender Update" in the subject of the email.

  • What if I know I made a mistake on my application, how can I fix it?

    If you realize that a mistake was made in your application, email Re Vera Services immediately at fuqua@reveraservices.com. They will address the discrepancy with The Admissions Office and contact you if any further explanation is needed.

  • What types of discrepancies are acceptable vs. the type of discrepancy that will have consequences?

    Minor discrepancies will not cause concern. Some examples are: mistakenly listing a graduation date instead of a degree granted date, an official job title that is slightly different from the working title submitted in the application, or employment start/end dates that are off by a few days. However, further investigation would be needed for more concerning discrepancies. One example would be a degree that was not granted by an institution reported in the application.

  • What is the process if a discrepancy is found? Will I have a chance to respond to the discrepancy?

    Any major discrepancy found will be shared with you so that a clarification can be provided.

  • What are ramifications of an actionable discrepancy that is not resolved?

    Any omission, falsification, or misrepresentation found in your application, including violations of GMAT, GRE, or any ESL testing policies, is grounds for automatic revocation of all offers of admission and financial assistance, or expulsion from Fuqua.

  • What happens if I don't complete the background verification process?

    The consequences for omission, falsification, misrepresentation, or failure to complete the required verification process may be grounds for blocked access to Duke facilities and course registration, automatic revocation of all offers of admission and financial assistance, or expulsion from Fuqua.

  • I have additional questions that were not addressed in these FAQs.

    First check the Frequently Asked Questions on Re Vera's website. You are welcome to contact Re Vera Services by phone +1.888.408.4384 or email fuqua@reveraservices.com with any questions or concerns. You may also connect with The Office of Admissions via phone +1.919.660.7705 or email at admitted@fuqua.duke.edu.


  • How many people are on the waitlist?

    We are unable to disclose an exact number of people who are waitlisted. Candidates on the waitlist may be admitted or may choose to remove their name from the waitlist at any point in the process. Therefore, the actual number of candidates on the waitlist can vary from day to day. Please be advised that the Admissions Committee has made a conscious decision to limit the number of applicants who are waitlisted.

  • Can I retake the GMAT or GRE?

    Yes. We accept new scores from applicants who choose to remain active on the waitlist. Deciding to retake the GMAT/GRE is a personal decision. If you feel that you did not test at your highest potential, it might be in your best interest to retake the test. If you decide to take the GMAT/GRE again, please notify our office so that we may look for your new score. Official test scores must also be formally requested through Pearson Vue or ETS, using program code Q13-N5-19 for GMAT or 5156 for GRE, which will ensure that your new score is sent to our office. It typically takes 1 - 3 weeks for our office to receive an official score once requested.

  • Is the waitlist ranked and if so, what number am I on the waitlist?

    No. The waitlist is not ranked. However, it is imperative that you inform the committee of your intentions to remain active on the waitlist. Only those applicants who have elected to remain active on the waitlist will be considered for admission.

  • When will the Admissions Committee review waitlisted candidates?

    The Admissions Committee may review applications of waitlisted candidates at any point during the application process. You will be informed immediately if/when a new decision has been made on your application. As such, please be sure to keep us informed of any changes in your contact information.

  • When is the latest I would be admitted from the waitlist?

    In the past, we have admitted students from the waitlist as late as the start of the program orientation.

  • I was waitlisted for an interview. What should I do?

    You will receive an email notification if you are selected to interview at a later date. No action is needed on your part until you receive this email. Please refer to the Admissions Criteria and Process page for details on the interview policy.

  • I was not waitlisted specifically for an interview. May I schedule an interview?

    Interviews are offered by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee determines that an interview is needed to make a final decision on your application, you will be contacted directly in order to schedule and complete your interview.

  • May I submit additional information for the Admissions Committee to consider?

    Yes. During the coming months you may submit additional information that you feel will be helpful to the committee in consideration of your file. Brevity and relevance are important when determining what to submit. It is not necessary to duplicate information already covered in your application. All information must be sent via email to ensure that it will be placed in your file. Examples of updates may include:

    • Information on recent professional or community accomplishments
    • An additional recommendation
    • Transcripts for recently completed coursework
    • A copy of a new test score (official score must also come from Pearson Vue/ETS)
    • Any changes in contact information (mailing address, phone number, email)
  • How should I submit additional information?

    We prefer that any updates to your file be submitted to our email account specifically designated for applicants on the waitlist. This account is checked regularly and you will receive verification of receipt of your email within 5 - 7 business days. Should you prefer to send an update via postal mail and you wish to have verification of the receipt of your mailing, please use a carrier that provides a delivery confirmation.

  • To whom should I submit additional information?

    All updates should be submitted via email to application-processing@fuqua.duke.edu. Please note that this account is for the receipt of application updates only. For any inquiries regarding your status on the waitlist, please call our office at +1.919.660.7705. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

  • I have a question that has not been addressed in the Waitlist FAQs. What should I do?

    Should you have an inquiry regarding the waitlist process, please feel free to contact our office by sending an email to mqm-info@fuqua.duke.edu, or by calling +1.919.660.7705 and ask to speak with an Admissions Officer. You may reach us during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. (eastern time). We would be happy to speak with you and address any questions or concerns you have regarding your application status.