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- Is the MMS: FOB 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 +1.919.660.7705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is the MMS: FOB 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.
- Does the MMS: FOB program offer an international student body?
Yes. Duke has a strong international presence and brand recognition, which is continuing to grow. You will gain an international perspective through interacting with fellow students and faculty. Approximately 30 - 40% of the students in the MMS: FOB program have been international and represent countries across the globe. In addition, during the first three terms of the program you will be in a blended cohort with students from the MMS: Duke Kunshan University (DKU) program, who will provide additional international perspectives.
- How can I best contact the Office of Admissions with my questions?
- Email us at email@example.com or call +1.919.660.7705 and ask to speak with one of our MMS: FOB 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
International students should apply by Round 2 to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
- 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.
International students should apply by Round 2 to ensure sufficient time for visa processing.
Re-applicants are encouraged to apply by Round 3.
- Are admission decisions made on a rolling basis?
No. There are specific decision release dates for each admissions round. View application round deadlines and related decision release dates on the Admissions Criteria & Process page.
- If I am admitted to the MMS: FOB program, may I defer my admission to the following year?
- No. Deferrals will not be granted for the MMS: FOB program.
- 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.
- Can I apply to both the MMS: FOB and MMS: DKU 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 denied admissions to MMS: FOB, can I then apply to MMS: DKU?
No. You may only apply to one program in a given admissions year.
- May I change my student status to the MMS: DKU program once I have started the MMS: FOB program?
No. Students must stay with the program track to which they applied and were admitted.
- 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.
- 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 MMS: FOB program, they are eligible to apply.
- What should I expect during my interview if I'm selected for one?
You will meet with a member of the Admissions Committee, a select second-year MBA student, or a Fuqua alumnus/a who will ask you a variety of questions, including ones about your educational background and personal interests. The majority of MMS: FOB interviews are conducted via Skype unless you are local. A Skype interview does NOT put you at a disadvantage in the interview process. If you are coming to campus for your interview, please bring a 1-page professional resume to the interview, and allow adequate time for parking and checking in with the Office of Admissions. At the conclusion of the interview, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Fuqua experience. Appropriate attire for an interview and/or visit is business casual.
- Can my application be reviewed before my recommenders submit their recommendation forms?
- No. All recommendations must be received before an application is 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?
The MMS: FOB program does not have a minimum GPA or test score requirement. We admit students with a range of test scores. 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 +1.919.660.7705 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- What is the daily class schedule?
Each class meets two or three times a week. Each class is 2 hours and 15 minutes long, and there is a short break between classes. Classes do not meet on Wednesdays. Wednesdays are reserved for review sessions, career workshops, club meetings, etc.
- Are there any required courses that must be completed before the MMS: FOB program?
No. There are no pre-requisite courses for the MMS: FOB 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: FOB courses if I have already taken similar courses in another program?
No. The MMS: FOB 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: FOB program?
- Will MMS: FOB credits transfer to The Duke MBA programs?
- No. Duke's MBA programs do not accept transfer credits nor are the MMS: FOB courses a direct equivalent to MBA courses.
- What software programs do I need to be familiar with for the MMS: FOB 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.
- What is the class size?
The typical MMS: FOB class ranges from about 100 - 112 students. For the first three terms of the program, MMS: FOB students will be joined by MMS: DKU students. Check out a typical MMS: FOB class profile.
- Do I need to secure my own housing?
- Yes. Duke does not arrange for MMS: FOB student housing. Visit the Housing page for more details.
- Is on-campus housing available?
Each student is responsible for securing his/her own housing. Most Fuqua students live off campus in houses or apartments. There are a number of affordable housing options located near Fuqua. Learn more on the Housing page.
Limited on-campus housing is available for graduate students, although availability is not guaranteed. For information, contact the Duke undergraduate housing office at email@example.com or + 1.919.684.4304.
- 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 the MMS: FOB student clubs.
Most MBA clubs are also receptive to MMS: FOB involvement, especially activity and diversity clubs, however, most MBA professional clubs are not open to MMS: FOB 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.
- How do I apply for financial aid?
Financial aid is available in the form of merit-based scholarships and through various student loan programs. Applicants interested in financial aid should begin completing financial aid forms when they begin the application.
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
- How do I apply for a scholarship?
If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship essay in the online application. Scholarships are awarded based on a candidate's overall profile. Learn more about the essay on the Application Instructions page.
- How much money is awarded in scholarships?
- We do not release information related to the amount of scholarships awarded.
- May I attend MBA recruiting events?
Generally, no. MMS: FOB 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.
- 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, job search workshops, and other resources. Professional development is also built into the MMS: FOB coursework.
- 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. 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: FOB 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; companies such as Accenture, Procter & Gamble, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
- 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, Bob McDonald, CEO of Procter & Gamble said, "The program will enable companies to recruit high-caliber junior talent who are able to add immediate, tangible value to the organization."
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: FOB graduates bring to organizations. As an MMS: FOB 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 do corporate leaders view the MMS: FOB program and the value its graduates bring to their companies?
Employers are enthusiastic about the MMS: FOB program and graduates:
"From my perspective, the MMS program is an innovative program which will give undergraduate 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." — Dennis M. Nally, Chairman and Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Since the launch of the program, we've received a great response and enthusiasm from employers. Check out the latest employment report for more details.
- How competitive will I be in the job search process?
You will bring to the job search your undergraduate background and the foundational knowledge in business topics from the MMS: FOB program. This will give you a distinct professional profile and a key advantage over recent college graduates in the job search process.
- How do I secure a summer internship before the MMS: FOB program?
To be considered for a Fuqua-facilitated summer internship, you should apply by the Round 3 deadline. You are also encouraged to seek out additional internship opportunities on your own and from your undergraduate institution. International students need work authorization to be eligible for an internship in the U.S.
Recruiting and Careers
- Can I go straight from the MMS: FOB program to an MBA program?
- We do not recommend you go straight into an MBA program after the MMS: FOB 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.