Frequently Asked Questions
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 full-time work experience, or if you have more than 2 years of full-time work experience, please contact an admissions counselor at +1.919.660.7705 or email@example.com.
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 are international and represent countries across the globe.
How can I best contact the Office of Admissions with my questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1.919.660.7705 and ask to speak with one of our MMS: FOB admissions counselors.
What are the application deadlines?
Round 1 — October 30, 2015
Round 2 — January 29, 2016
Round 3 — March 1, 2016
Round 4 — April 5, 2016
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
However, we recommend that you apply early to allow for the opportunity to receive feedback from the Admissions Committee regarding quantitative coursework that you can take 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: 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarship. 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.
Recruiting and Careers
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. 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.
- 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 Careers section 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.
What is the purpose of the background verification process?
We use a third party vendor, Re Vera Services, to conduct background verifications to evaluate the accuracy of information included in your application. This is a standard part of your enrollment at Fuqua and we do not anticipate finding any inconsistencies between the information you reported in your application and our investigative results. We fully expect all matriculants to join Team Fuqua.
How much does it cost?
$75.00, and you will be responsible for paying the fee directly to Re Vera Services, via credit card. The fee will cover the cost of verifying your contact, employment, education, and recommender information, as listed in your application.
What will I have to do to begin this process?
If admitted, you will be provided with an instructional email including next steps for the verification process. You will receive the instructional email following your admission decision release and after all student data has been transmitted to Re Vera for upload. You do not need to take any action regarding verification until you receive the instructional email. The email will also include a due date by which the next steps must be initiated. You will be asked to login to the Re Vera Services website, by the date assigned, electronically sign a release form and submit a $75 payment.
How long does it take to complete the process?
Verification takes approximately 2-4 weeks, but the timeline could be longer depending on factors out of Re Vera's control, such as slow response times from your recommenders or employers. Due to such factors, it is possible that your verification may not be completed before the MMS: FOB program starts. This is not cause for concern as we will continue with your verification until it is fully complete.
When will I know that the process is complete? Who will contact me?
Once your background verification has been successfully completed, you will receive an official notification email from The Office of Admissions. Please DO NOT contact Re Vera Services or Fuqua to inquire about the status of your verification.
When should I expect to receive communications from Re Vera Services?
Re Vera Services will send a confirmation email once your payment and release form have been received. You may also expect to receive communication/s from Re Vera Services regarding application materials, or if a discrepancy is found. You may receive emails from several different people at Re Vera Services as each individual specializes in a particular area of the process. Specify your preferred email address on your release form and be on the lookout for emails that require your attention.
Do I need to contact my employer/recommenders?
Yes. Notify your current and past employers that Re Vera Services may contact them to confirm your employment information. It is also a good idea to inform your recommenders as well. Please see sample verbiage below:
Sample Verbiage: I have been accepted to The Duke MMS: Foundations of Business program, Class of 20XX, at The Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina. The Fuqua School of Business employs a third party vendor to conduct background verifications. The verification process is conducted to evaluate the accuracy of information included in my application. This is a standard part of the enrollment process in which The Fuqua School of Business does not anticipate finding any inconsistencies between the information reported in my application and their investigative results. They fully expect all matriculants to join Team Fuqua as planned.
Employer: I would like to inform you that Re Vera Services may contact you in order to verify my employment. If Re Vera Services should contact an HR representative instead, please feel free to redirect me to the appropriate HR resource by providing a name and phone number of the proper contact.
Recommender: I would like to inform you that Re Vera Services may contact you in order to verify your recommendation.
What exactly do you look for?
Re Vera Services will be verifying your contact, employment, education, and recommender information, as listed in your application.
I have not yet told my current employer about my plans to attend business school. How should I handle the background verification of my current employer?
If you have not notified your current employer about your plans to attend business school, then notify Re Vera immediately after you receive notification from The Office of Admissions that you are able to access and initiate the background verification process. You may do so by emailing email@example.com.
Re Vera Services can place a HOLD on this portion of your file which will not delay other portions of the verification. You will receive confirmation of your HOLD status from Re Vera Services.
Company policy requires that you send Re Vera Services something in writing (email is acceptable) to release the hold on your file. Send Re Vera Services an email as soon as you leave your current position, or your file will remain open and incomplete. Since your matriculation or continued participation in the program is contingent on the verification, please remember to release the hold as soon as you have left your current position. All holds must be released by the first day of orientation.
I am self-employed, or have been self-employed at some point in my career. What documents do I need to provide to Re Vera Services for the verification to be successful?
If you indicated a period of self-employment on your application, please be aware that your verification will not be complete until you forward corporate documents including (but not limited to) Articles of Incorporation noting state or place of incorporation. Send these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org (PDF is preferred) or fax to +1.617.275.8641. Documents from foreign countries do not need to be translated, but please include the exact place of incorporation if not noted in your paperwork.
- What should I do if my contact information has changed since I submitted my application?
What should I do if my recommender's contact information has changed since I submitted my application?
Relay this information to Stacey Goldberg at email@example.com and include "The Fuqua School of Business - Recommender Update" in the subject of the email.
What if I know I made a mistake on my application, how can I fix it?
If you realize that a mistake was made in your application, email Re Vera Services immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will address the discrepancy with The Admissions Office and contact you if any further explanation is needed.
What types of discrepancies are acceptable vs. the type of discrepancy that will have consequences?
Minor discrepancies will not cause concern. Some examples are: mistakenly listing a graduation date instead of a degree granted date, an official job title that is slightly different from the working title submitted in the application, or employment start/end dates that are off by a few days. However, further investigation would be needed for more concerning discrepancies. One example would be a degree that was not granted by an institution reported in the application.
What is the process if a discrepancy is found? Will I have a chance to respond to the discrepancy?
Any major discrepancy found will be shared with you so that a clarification can be provided.
What are ramifications of an actionable discrepancy that is not resolved?
Any omission, falsification, or misrepresentation found in your application, including violations of GMAT, GRE, or any ESL testing policies, is grounds for automatic revocation of all offers of admission and financial assistance, or expulsion from Fuqua.
What happens if I don't complete the background verification process?
The consequences for omission, falsification, misrepresentation, or failure to complete the required verification process may be grounds for blocked access to Duke facilities and course registration, automatic revocation of all offers of admission and financial assistance, or expulsion from Fuqua.
I have additional questions that were not addressed in these FAQs.
First check the Frequently Asked Questions on Re Vera's website. You are welcome to contact Re Vera Services by phone +1.888.408.4384 or email email@example.com with any questions or concerns. You may also connect with The Office of Admissions via phone +1.919.660.7705 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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: DKU 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 the program orientation.
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?
Interviews are offered during scheduled campus visits, and otherwise 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 email@example.com. Please note that this account is for the receipt of application updates only. For any inquiries regarding your status on the waitlist, please call our office at +1.919.660.7705. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling +1.919.660.7705 and ask to speak with an Admissions Officer. You may reach us during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. (eastern time). We would be happy to speak with you and address any questions or concerns you have regarding your application status.