- Is the MMS: DKU program appropriate for individuals who have post-collegiate work experience?
The program is designed for individuals who do not have extensive work experience. If you have more than two years of post-collegiate, full-time work experience, you are encouraged to continue working and apply for the MBA program at a later date. If you have questions about what constitutes as full-time work experience, please contact an admissions counselor at email@example.com.
- Is the MMS: DKU program beneficial for entrepreneurs and family businesses?
Yes. In addition to offering a solid foundation in business, you will develop a strong professional network, which will be a significant resource for you. During the program, you also have the opportunity to share and hone your entrepreneurial ideas with world-class faculty and colleagues.
- Is proficiency in Mandarin required for the MMS: DKU program?
No. The program and all coursework is conducted in English.
- How can I best contact the Office of Admissions with my questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to contact one of our MMS admissions counselors.
- What are the application deadlines for entrance in 2014?
Round 1 - November 5, 2013
Round 2 - January 30, 2014
Round 3 - March 6, 2014
Round 4 - April 1, 2014
- Can I apply to both the MMS: DKU and MMS: FOB programs?
No. You must choose the program that fits you best. Candidates are also not allowed to transfer applications from one program to another.
- If I am admitted to the MMS: DKU program, may I defer my admission to the following year?
No. Deferrals will not be granted for either MMS program.
- If I am denied admissions to MMS: DKU can I then apply to MMS: FOB?
No. You may only apply to one program in a given admissions year.
- If I am denied admissions in an early round, can I reapply for a later round?
No. Applicants may only apply to one round in a given admissions year.
- May I change my student status to the MMS: FOB program once I have started the program?
No. Students must stay with the program track to which they applied and were admitted.
- When should I apply for admission?
Given the competitive applicant pool, you are encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible, without compromising the quality of your application.
Non-US citizens without US permanent residency should apply by Round 2 to ensure sufficient time for visa processing. Learn more on the International Applicants page.
Re-applicants who are US citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply by Round 3. Learn more on the Re-applicants page.
- Does the Admissions Committee accept 3-year bachelor's degrees?
Yes, as long as a candidate has earned a bachelor's degree by the start date of the program, they are eligible to apply.
- Does the Admissions Committee prefer a GMAT or GRE score?
We accept both GMAT and GRE scores. The Admissions Committee pays particular attention to the quantitative score on both exams to ensure that you can handle the rigor of the program.
- What should I expect during my interview if I'm selected for one?
Interviews are conducted via Skype or in person. Interviews are conducted by staff, alumni, and select second-year MBA students who will ask you a variety of questions, including ones about your educational background and personal interests. At the conclusion of the interview, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the MMS: DKU experience. Learn more about interviews.
- Can my application be reviewed before my recommenders submit their recommendation forms?
No. Recommendations must be received for an application to be considered complete and ready for review.
- If I do not have work experience, who should I ask to write my recommendations?
One of your recommendations should be from someone, such as a professor, who can speak to your academic abilities. The second recommendation should be from someone who can critique your performance from a professional perspective, such as a manager or internship supervisor. If you do not have work experience, the second recommendation could come from someone you have worked with in a volunteer capacity, through a student club or other organization, or from a second professor. Your academic recommender should also be able to speak about your performance beyond the classroom.
- Can my recommenders mail their recommendations to the Office of Admissions?
No. We require that all recommenders use the online recommendation form and submit the completed form online. Mailed letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
- I am concerned that my GMAT/GRE score and/or my GPA is too low. Should I still apply?
Theres is no minimum GPA or test score requirement. You will be considered within the context of your entire application. We are looking for well-rounded applicants, and we encourage you to apply if you have a genuine interest in the program.
If you are concerned about your GPA or test scores, contact an admissions counselor at email@example.com. In addition, you may be contacted for an academic review session with a faculty member during the admissions process. We encourage you to apply early to allow sufficient time for this review.
- Are there any required courses that must be completed before the MMS program?
No. There are no prerequisite courses for the MMS program.
If you do not have a strong quantitative background, the Admissions Committee recommends that you take quantitatively-rigorous courses such as statistics, calculus, or finance. This will give the committee another measure of your quantitative ability in addition to your GMAT or GRE score.
- Is there an opportunity to "place out" of or "exempt" MMS: DKU courses if I have already taken similar courses in another program?
No. The MMS curriculum design cannot be altered in any way.
- I have already taken calculus and/or statistics. Do I have to take the summer term course, Fundamentals of Quantitative Business Skills?
Yes, all courses are required. The curriculum is set and students do not have the ability to opt out of (or add) courses to their schedule.
- Are there any joint degree possibilities with the MMS: DKU program?
- Will MMS: DKU credits transfer to The Duke MBA programs?
No. Duke's MBA programs do not accept transfer credits nor are the MMS courses a direct equivalent to MBA courses.
- What software programs do I need to be familiar with for the MMS: DKU program?
You should be able to work in most common computer software programs, particularly Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
- What is the level of accessibility and involvement of the faculty?
Our faculty are very accessible and adopt an open office policy during the terms in which they teach. Faculty hold office hours and review sessions for each of their classes to ensure that students have the support they need.
- Do I need to secure my own housing?
On-campus housing is being reserved for MMS: DKU students on the Durham, NC, campus and is strongly recommended. If on-campus housing is no longer available, then the Duke Community Housing Office can provide assistance to you to find housing in Durham.
While studying in China, housing is provided on the campus of Duke Kunshan University.
- Are there breaks between terms?
Yes, there are breaks between each term. The fall, winter, and spring breaks are typically longer than the breaks you may have had in your undergraduate experience. These breaks are designed to provide you with time to facilitate your job search.
- How do I apply for a scholarship?
If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship essay given in the application. Scholarships are awarded based on a candidate's overall profile.
- How much money is awarded in scholarships?
We do not release information related to the amount of scholarships awarded.
- Will financial aid be available?
Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships and through various student loan programs. Additional information will be posted once it is available in January 2014.
All inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed to:
Office of Financial Aid
The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0120
Financing MMS: DKU
- May I attend MBA recruiting events?
Generally, no. MMS recruiting events and interviews are held separately to ensure that you are meeting representatives and learning information appropriate to your employment potential.
- What types of job opportunities might be available to me?
Analyst level positions in a variety of business functions across industries such as marketing, market research, product and brand management, financial analysis, investment analysis, research, sales and trading, and account management.
Read student profiles from the MMS: Foundations of Business program and review the latest MMS: FOB employment report to learn about some of the jobs our graduates have obtained.
- 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:
- Program and Resource Development: A comprehensive program of career development, including self-assessment, job search, and interview preparation sessions. Professional development is also built into the MMS coursework.
- Career Coaching: Individual and small-group consultation in person, over the phone, and by email on both an appointment and walk-up basis. Volunteer Alumni Career Fellows (VACF) also serve as a resource for students. Learn more about career coaching and counseling.
- Corporate Marketing and Outreach: A comprehensive approach to expand the MMS recruiting portfolio, to develop new and existing recruiting partnerships, and to assist you in gaining access to employers and alumni 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 told us that they find significant value in liberally or scientifically trained undergraduates who also have advanced business knowledge and skills. In fact, Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. said, "The MMS program is an innovative program which will give students an outstanding foundation to join the business community. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, we look to hire individuals with diverse backgrounds, and I see this program as a key enabler to help individuals not only succeed in our organization, but more importantly, to help prepare them for a successful career in business."
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 MMS graduates bring to organizations. As an MMS student, you will not compete for (nor will you be recruited for) the same positions as MBA students. Many of the same companies, however, will recruit from both programs.
- How competitive will I be in the job search process?
You will bring to the job search your undergraduate background, a foundational knowledge in business topics from the MMS curriculum, and meaningful immersion in two of the world's largest economies. This will give you a distinct professional profile and a key advantage over recent college graduates in the job search process.
Recruiting and Careers
- Can I go straight from the MMS: DKU program to an MBA program?
We do not recommend you go straight into an MBA program after the MMS program. Most MBA programs place a great deal of value on the work experience that students bring to the classroom, so we recommend you gain work experience before applying to an MBA program.