Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Criteria & Process


To Apply or Not?

Do you have questions or doubts? So did Danya Akbar (MMS: FOB Class of 2014). Read about her decision to apply.

Your MMS journey begins with self reflection. Any master's program is a significant investment of your time, energy, and money, so it is important that you find the right program to help you achieve your goals. "Fit" with a program occurs at the intersection of your story and ambitions and the school's story and ambitions. Before you apply, take some time to reflect on both.

Have Impact and Leave a Legacy

"Impact" and "legacy" are the cornerstones of Fuqua's culture. Think about how these terms apply to your own experiences and goals, then within the application, use that insight to help demonstrate how you might fit in with Fuqua's culture. Consider the following:

  • What are you passionate about? What is your "and?"
  • What legacy do you hope to leave at Fuqua?
  • After graduation, what impact do you hope to have in your work and broader communities?   

Admission Guidelines

Two MMS program formats are available — the MMS: Foundations of Business program (MMS: FOB) and the MMS: Duke Kunshan University program (MMS: DKU). It is important that you understand which MMS program is the best fit for your interests and goals, before you apply. Compare the MMS: FOB and the MMS: DKU programs.

  • You may only apply to one of the MMS programs in an application year.
  • You cannot switch programs while you are a student.


Apply Now: The application is online.

Additional application information and instructions are below:

Given the competitive applicant pool, you are encouraged to apply in the round in which you can submit your best application. Contact Admissions Counselor Elizabeth Jones at mms-fob-info@fuqua.duke.edu or +1.919.660.7705, if you would like more information or if you have any questions about the application.

International students requiring an F-1 visa, who are not already studying in the U.S. and eligible for a transfer, must apply by the Round 3 deadline (Jan. 30, 2017) to ensure sufficient time for visa processing.  

Application Deadlines for 2016 - 2017

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
Application Deadline Sept. 13, 2016 Nov. 29, 2016 Jan. 30, 2017 Mar. 7, 2017 Apr. 4, 2017
Interview Invitations Sent By Midnight (ET) — Not viewable on phone or mobile device. Sept. 28, 2016 Jan. 10, 2017 Feb. 22, 2017 Mar. 20, 2017 Apr. 20, 2017
Decision Notification (sent by midnight (ET) &  not viewable on phone or mobile device) Nov. 1, 2016 Feb. 15, 2017 Mar. 28, 2017 Apr. 19, 2017 May 11, 2017
Blue Devil Experience Weekend (once admitted, you may attend this event)
Apr. 28-29, 2017
Domestic Student Deposit Deadline Nov. 16, 2016 Mar. 8, 2017 Apr. 12, 2017 May 8, 2017 May 25, 2017
International Student Deposit Deadline Nov. 16, 2016 Mar. 8, 2017 Apr. 12, 2017 Apr. 28, 2017 May 22, 2017
International Student Visa Paperwork Deadline Mar. 10, 2017 Mar. 17, 2017 Apr. 19, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 29, 2017

On application deadline dates, applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST).