General Questions

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

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 to contact one of our MMS admissions counselors.

Application Process

What are the application deadlines for entrance in 2015? 

Round 1 - November 4, 2014
Round 2 - January 29, 2015
Round 3 - March 11, 2015
Round 4 - April 14, 2015

Learn more about applying to the program.

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 3 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 about your educational background. 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 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.

However, we recommend that you apply early to allow for the opportunity for feedback from the Admissions Committee regarding quantitative coursework that you can take in the spring semester prior to the program start. For example, 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.

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 taken calculus and/or statistics. Do I have to take the 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.

Student Life

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.

Visit the Life in Durham page and the Life in Kunshan page for more details.

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.

Financing MMS: DKU

How do I apply for a scholarship? 

If you would like to be considered for a merit-based scholarship, you must complete the scholarship essay, which is required for scholarship consideration. PRC citizens are also offered a need-based assistance option.

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 2015.

All inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed to:

Office of Financial Aid
The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120
Phone: +1.919.660.8079

Recruiting and Careers

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Career Coaching: Individual and small-group consultation in person, over the phone, and by email on both an appointment and walk-up basis. Alumni advisors also serve as a resource for students as part of the Career Advisor for MMS (CAM) program. Learn more about career coaching and counseling.
  3. 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.

See what jobs and salaries our MMS graduates have received.

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.

As an international student (non-US Citizen), will I qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?  

Unfortunately, you will not qualify for OPT. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you have to be a full-time F-1 student in good standing for at least 1 full academic year to maintain your eligibility. Given your study in China in the fall and spring, you will not be able to maintain F-1 status while part of the MMS: DKU program.

After Graduation

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.


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.

Now that I have been waitlisted, can I switch my application to the MMS: FOB program? 

No, applicants may only apply to one program in a given admissions year.

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 orientation in July.

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? 

By policy, interviews are 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 Please note that this account is for the receipt of application updates only. 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 We would be happy to address any questions or concerns you have regarding your application status.