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.


The 2017-2018 MMS: FOB application is available. Apply now!

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.
The Early Action option is ideal for applicants who have completed their graduate business school research and have decided that Duke Fuqua is the best school for them. Applicants admitted in the Early Action round must submit the $2,000 tuition deposit along with official transcript(s) by November 14, 2017. In addition, any applications submitted to other schools must be withdrawn upon an offer of admission from Duke. In the same regard, once an offer of admission has been received, applications to other schools may not be submitted.

International applicants who require a student visa should apply in Early Action, Round 1 or Round 2. The time required to obtain a visa will not be sufficient if Round 3 or Round 4 is selected.

Candidates wishing to be considered for merit-based scholarship awards should apply in Round 1 or Round 2. Scholarships are awarded in the Early Action Round; however, the binding nature of the Early Action Round will require you to attend with or without a scholarship award. Scholarship awards in Round 3 and Round 4 will be limited, if available.

Application Deadlines for 2017 - 2018

  Early Action Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Application Deadline Sept 21, 2017 Nov 2, 2017 Jan 24, 2018 Mar 7, 2018 Apr 11, 2018
Interview Invitations Sent By Midnight (ET) — Not viewable on phone or mobile device. Oct 5, 2017 Nov 17, 2017 Feb 19, 2018 Mar 28, 2018 Apr 30, 2018
Decision Notification (sent by midnight (ET) &  not viewable on phone or mobile device) Oct 25, 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Mar 13, 2018 Apr 18, 2018 May 18, 2018
Blue Devil Experience Weekend (once admitted, you may attend this event)
April 27-28, 2018
Deposit Deadline Nov. 14, 2017 Jan 10, 2018 Apr. 2, 2018 May 2, 2018 May 25, 2018
International Student Visa Paperwork Deadline Feb. 9, 2018 Mar. 16, 2018 Apr. 19, 2018 N/A N/A

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