Why should I get my MBA and continue working? How do I fit this program into my life?
The format of the Cross Continent program was created to suit the lifestyle of the busy professional with both business and personal commitments; the Cross Continent program can be done from anywhere in the world. The program is designed for those who want to enhance their career path within their existing company and for those who would like to change their industry and/or function.
The program requires some prioritizing in your life. When deciding to apply to the program, you need to make sure that those around you — your significant other, family, and co-workers — understand the commitment you're making and support your undertaking. Every student handles the workload differently; some do all homework on the weekends, while others set a couple of hours aside each night. The important point is that you need to find a routine that works for you and for your team and stick with it.
Can I speak with a current student or alumnus to hear first-hand about the Cross Continent program?
Yes. Connect with the admissions counselor who will be happy to connect you with a student or alumnus.
Is there a minimum requirement for the GMAT/GRE score?
There is no minimum requirement. We admit applicants with a range of test scores. However, if you feel that you have not scored your personal best, or that the results are not representative of your abilities, you may re-take the exam. If you submit multiple test scores, you must indicate on your application which score you would like for us to use.
I own my own business. As a self-sponsored student, am I eligible for your program?
As long as you are working, you are eligible for the program. Students participating in the Cross Continent program must be employed on a full-time basis.
What “type” of student are you looking for?
Duke is not looking for any one type of applicant. We want to create a diverse class with individuals who can add to the learning experience. In general, applicants to The Duke MBA — Cross Continent program are high-potential professionals who are on the fast track in their organizations with:
- At least three years professional work experience
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- High English proficiency
- A clear understanding of the commitment required to succeed in the Cross Continent program
How do you rank undergraduate transcripts?
We look quite closely at undergraduate transcripts and examine the quality of the institution, the overall performance, and strong performance in any relevant quantitative and business courses, including calculus, macro and micro economics, statistics, finance, and accounting.
How do you assess my quantitative skills in the admissions decision process?
The admissions committee will look closely at your performance at the undergraduate level and in any graduate work you have done, particularly quantitative courses. Also, the committee will consider your career history and the types of quantitative work to which you have been exposed.
Is an interview required?
Yes. An interview is required for all applicants. Your application is not complete without the interview. Your interview can be scheduled at any point in the application process. If you are unable to meet with us in-person, you may schedule an interview by phone or Skype. Visit the Admission Interviews page for details.
What kind of visa will I need for the residencies? Will Duke help me with the visa application?
All international students travelling to Durham will need an F-1 student visa. If you already are lawfully present in the U.S. (e.g., H1-B, J-2, PR Applicants, etc.), you will need to complete the web form. Your current visa status will not be affected, but all non-immigrant visa holders are required to register their presence on campus. If you are a Green Card holder you are required to present your "Green Card" at Registration, so be sure to bring the original document to campus. Duke will assist students in obtaining the I-20 form which will be required for the student visas.
Duke does not issue visas for residencies outside of the U.S. We assist in providing the paperwork explaining why you need to be in the designated location for the residencies. Contact the admissions team for further guidance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +1.919.660.7705.
Am I eligible for work authorization with the F-1 Visa?
International students in The Duke MBA—Cross Continent program are not eligible for any type of work authorization associated with their F-1 student status. This includes the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT). The baseline eligibility requirement of OPT is an F-1 Visa that spans a full academic year. An international student in the Cross Continent program has an F-1 Visa that spans only a one month period of stay in the U.S. for a residency.
After graduating from the program, can international students get a one-year practical training permit to work in the United States?
No. The Duke MBA—Cross Continent program is a career enhancement program. It is designed for those who seek a career with an international focus and for those who are being groomed for higher level positions within their current organization. Students in the Cross Continent program continue working full-time while obtaining their MBA.
Does Duke provide financial aid to international students?
We offer international student loan programs that do not require a U.S. cosigner. To learn more, visit our Financial Aid page.
Do I have to have corporate sponsorship to be admitted to the Cross Continent?
There are two types of corporate support. One is support for the endeavor itself and the other is financial. Your company must endorse your involvement in the program by allowing the time off necessary to attend the six residencies and by being flexible about the additional commitment you've made in your daily life. It is not necessary to obtain financial support. As part of the application process, you must have a written agreement from your organization stating its willingness to let you be away from the office for the required period of time. How to categorize that time off (e.g., vacation, paid time off) is a decision that is left to you and your employer.
How do I go about getting corporate financial support?
Policies vary among companies in terms of how they view educational benefits. Representatives from Fuqua are available to discuss strategies for gaining corporate sponsorship within your organization (view a sample letter of support). We see the Cross Continent program as a partnership among the student, the organization, and Fuqua, so we are eager to see that you have all the information you need to garner adequate support from your organization.
What if I don’t receive corporate financial support? Are scholarships available?
Scholarships are available from Fuqua. Additionally, students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for federal loans. Separate loan programs are available for international students which cover up to 80% of the cost of attendance without a U.S. cosigner.
Fuqua has a financial aid office that can assist you with the loan process.
How will I be billed for the program fees and do you offer special payment plans?
If you are admitted to the program, a non-refundable $6,000 deposit will be due in three weeks from the date of admission. The remaining balance will be divided into 6 separate installments, due prior to each term.
What is NOT included in the tuition?
Travel to and from the residencies, your laptop computer, visas, vaccinations (if necessary), incidental costs at each residency (e.g., phone calls, laundry, souvenirs), local Internet service provider costs during the distance portion of the program are not included in the program fee.
How many students are self-sponsored?
Sponsorship levels vary within the program. Some students receive full corporate sponsorship while others receive approval for time off only to participate in on-campus residencies.
Is The Duke MBA—Cross Continent degree the same as those of the other Duke MBA programs?
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business offers four MBA programs, each with a different format. The same Duke MBA degree is awarded upon completing program requirements.
Can I take electives?
The last term consists of four elective courses. Also, upon completion of the MBA, all Fuqua alumni have the option to take up to two elective courses within three years of graduation, subject to space and availability.
How accessible are the faculty online?
Faculty members are easily accessible during on-campus residencies but also take an active role during the Internet-mediated portion of the program. They offer weekly virtual class sessions, and monitor the bulletin boards with regularity, and are available for individual consultation via email or phone. You can expect that, on average, faculty will respond within 24 hours.
What is the purpose of having residencies?
Residencies allow for close interaction with faculty, about 6 - 8 hours per day, as well as highly interactive work with team members and contact with the program staff. Students learn to think on their feet and to benefit from the team building and communication building, which is endemic to a face-to-face environment. Residencies help prepare you for the Internet-mediated portion of the program in addition to assisting in the understanding of the regions of the world and integration into the learning experience.
How do professors teach in the distance portion of the program?
Whether teaching in the residency portion or the distance portion, each professor chooses communication modalities that best enhance the subject matter. In distance, some professors provide lectures via streaming audio or video, and weekly virtual class sessions. Others create customized workshops and tools so that students can learn and apply specialized concepts. All faculty members use both discussion boards and virtual classrooms to provide guidance in the learning experience and to foster peer-to-peer learning.
Can group or individual projects be done that are directly related to the sponsoring company?
After the completion of electives, students can choose to embark upon special projects to work on issues facing their companies.
Do I have to attend all the residencies?
Yes, attendance at all residencies is mandatory. Also, please note that Orientation is mandatory as it is part of the Term 1 residency.
Will I be required to have a laptop or any special software?
Every student in the program needs a reliable computer as well as a stable internet service provider (ISP). These technology tools are essential for completing the program requirements. Once you are accepted to the program, you will receive more details about computer requirements.
How technologically savvy do I need to be to succeed in Cross Continent?
There is a wide range of computer skills among the Cross Continent students, but we recommend that you have some basic skills (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint) to succeed.
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 matriculates to join Team Fuqua.
How much does it cost?
$85.00. 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, e-sign a release form, and submit a $75 payment.
How long does it take to complete the process?
Each verification takes approximately 2 - 4 weeks, but the timeline could be longer depending on factors out of Re Vera’s control. Examples include: slow response times from recommenders, employers, or academic institutions. It is possible that your verification may not be completed before program start due to such factors. 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. 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. Note: 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 MBA—Cross Continent 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 matriculates 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, please NOTIFY RE VERA SERVICES 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. After Re Vera Services has confirmed your HOLD status, you should then fill out and submit your release form and payment online as soon as possible to initiate the other portions of the verification process.
Company policy requires that you send Re Vera Services something in writing (email is acceptable) to release the hold on your file. Please 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. We ask that all holds 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?
Please 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, please email Re Vera Services 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.