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Pursuing a business degree 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 personal and professional 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.
The online application is unavailable. It will be accessible again in July 2013.
Below are detailed instructions about how to apply to the program. Use the below information as a reference. If you still have questions after reviewing the below information, send an email to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given the competitive applicant pool, you are encouraged to apply in the round in which you can submit your "best" application.
Early Action: This option is ideal if you have decided that the Daytime MBA is the best program for you.
- Applicants commit to a binding agreement to attend Fuqua if admitted.
- Any applications submitted to other schools must be withdrawn upon an offer of admission from Fuqua.
- Applicants admitted in the Early Action round must submit the non-refundable $3,000 tuition deposit along with hard copies of official transcript(s) by November 28, 2012.
- This may not be the best round for you if you are dependent upon receiving a scholarship award. The binding nature of the Early Action Round requires you to attend with or without a scholarship award.
- Regardless of your citizenship, all Early Action applicants residing in the U.S. (except on the West Coast) are required to travel to Durham to interview during the Open Interview Period. If you live on the West Coast or outside of the U.S., you may interview in Durham during the Open Interview Period, but it is not a requirement.
International Students: Visa processing can take up to several months to complete, so it is critical to apply in Early Action, Round 1 or Round 2, if you require a visa, to ensure that you are able to join the program.
Application Deadlines for 2012 - 2013
|Early Action*||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|Application Deadline||Sept. 19, 2012||Oct. 24, 2012||Jan. 4, 2013||March 21, 2013|
|Interview Invitations Sent By||Oct. 9, 2012||Nov. 28, 2012||Feb. 7, 2013||April 10, 2013|
Visit the Interviews page for additional details regarding our interview process. Interview dates vary by location, but interviews occur during the time period indicated in this table.
|Decision Notification||Oct. 30, 2012||Jan. 8, 2013||March 18, 2013||May 10, 2013|
|Admit Weekend (Blue Devil Weekend or BDW)||There will be two admitted student weekends: Feb. 8 - 9, 2013, and April 18 - 21, 2013. Once admitted, you may attend one or both events.|
|Domestic Student Tuition Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline||Nov. 28, 2012||Feb. 27, 2013||April 30, 2013||May 21, 2013|
|International Student Tuition Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline||Nov. 28, 2012||Feb. 27, 2013||April 11, 2013||May 15, 2013|
|Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit Amount||$3,000 USD||$1,500 USD||$1,500 USD||$1,500 USD|
|Visa Paperwork Deadline for International Students||March 8, 2013||March 8, 2013||April 26, 2013||N/A|
Fuqua has retained Re Vera Services, LLC to verify the information included in applications. We do this to deter fraudulent applications and preserve the integrity of our community. If you are admitted, you will be provided with instructions on the verification process, which could take a few weeks to process. You will also be responsible for the fee for this service. Any omission, falsification or misrepresentation 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 The Fuqua School of Business.
Our Admissions Committee considers a number of factors when evaluating an application. These factors are taken into consideration from a holistic perspective. We are looking for students who we believe will be successful in the program and who will add significant value to the program and the school through their professional, personal, and academic experiences. The application components provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate how you are a good fit for the program.
There is no minimum work experience requirement. We will consider any post-undergraduate work experience for admission. You should use the application to articulate how your previous experiences will contribute to the learning environment at Fuqua, and show how you have developed leadership and teamwork skills, as well as maturity, on professional and personal levels.
Academic Aptitude & Quantitative Proficiency
The Daytime MBA academic environment is rigorous, fast-paced, and requires strong quantitative and analytical skills. We utilize standardized test scores (GMAT is preferred but GRE is also accepted), transcripts, and any applicable work experience to ensure that you will be successful in the program. The Admissions Committee pays particular attention to the quantitative segment of your test score to ensure that you can handle the rigor of the program, although we admit applicants with a range of test scores and there is no minimum requirement. We also admit applicants with a range of GPAs. We do not favor a particular undergraduate degree, and students come from a wide range of academic backgrounds.
A college-level calculus course with a grade equivalent to a "C" or better is required for matriculation. If you did not take a calculus course as an undergraduate student, you may take it at any accredited college or university. It must be a "for credit" course in which you earn a grade equivalent to a C or better.
Fit, Passion, and Impact
Your application essays, recommendations, and interview are what weave fit, passion, and impact together into your "story."
- Recommenders provide an unbiased third-party perspective on the impact that you have made personally and professionally. Application Tip: The most valuable recommendations come from people who know your professional skills and abilities. Prepare your recommenders so that they represent you well and highlight aspects of your candidacy that are not reflected in other areas of the application.
- Your essays allow us to get to know you as a person—what drives you and inspires you. You have the opportunity here to fill in any gaps or provide additional details on key areas of your application. Application Tip: Be yourself—we want to get to know you!
- Your interview allows you to demonstrate your interpersonal skills—a critical component of your success in the program. It will also provide additional insight into who you are, and give you the opportunity to demonstrate "fit" with our program, and the Fuqua culture and community. Application Tip: The self-reflection and research that you have done on Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program is exactly the preparation you need to do well in an interview. Learn more about the interview process and registration.
From learning about the Daytime MBA program and determining "fit" to joining the incoming class at orientation, here are tips about how to approach each step.
1. Do your research
Talk to family, friends, and mentors; attend an information session, campus visit, or other recruiting event; and decide whether the program is right for you. Then, review the application and deadlines. Think through all aspects of the timeline (including interview dates, decision release dates, tuition deposit dates, etc.) before you develop a plan for completing your application in the application round that works best for you.
The online application is currently unavailable. It will be available again in July 2013. Go to Application Instructions for details about the application components.
Two interview options are available: Open Interviews and Interviews by Invitation. Visit the Interviews page for more details including registration information. Depending on when you apply and interview, you may also want to schedule your campus visit activities during this time.
4. Receive your decision
Review the decision timeline and deposit deadline for your application round. You will be notified via email and postal mail of your admission decision. If you are accepted to the program, you are required to submit your nonrefundable tuition deposit (must be paid by check or money order; credit card payments cannot be accepted) and hard copies of your official transcripts by the deposit deadline to reserve your place in the class.
5. Visit Fuqua
The best way to learn about Fuqua and The Duke MBA—Daytime program is by experiencing it firsthand. We encourage you to take part in our campus visit program and Blue Devil Weekend (for admitted students). Visiting campus will not only provide insight to inform your final decision to join the program, but will also provide you with information on transitioning to the Durham area.
6. Access the Incoming Student Website (ISW)
Shortly after admission, admitted students receive access to the ISW. It is THE main source of information for admitted students, and is particularly helpful if you are still undecided about joining Team Fuqua. Visit the ISW to better understand our community and our expectations, and to get a better idea of what it would be like to be a Daytime student. The ISW provides information on next steps in the admissions process and includes all the information you need to transition into your new academic life at Fuqua. You will get program announcements, technical and computer information, assignments to prepare academically, and relocation information. This is your main resource to facilitate your transition to Fuqua, and it is important that you visit the site often for updates and guidance.
7. Apply for your Visa (for international students only)
If applicable, visa application information will be included in your admission packet, along with specific deadlines for submission. Visa processing can take up to several months to complete, so it is critical to apply in Early Action, Round 1 or Round 2 if you require a visa to ensure that you are able to join the program.
Below are detailed instructions about how to apply to the Daytime MBA program. We appreciate your attention to ensuring your application package is complete because only complete application packages will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. If you still have questions after reviewing the below information, send an email to the Admissions Office.
Candidates who applied to the Daytime MBA program between July 2011 and May 2012 are considered re-applicants. Re-applicants must complete the entire online application, including the Short Answer Questions and Applicant Essays (details in the Application Instructions section). In addition, you must also respond to the Re-Applicant Essay:
Describe how you are now a stronger candidate for admission compared to the application you submitted last year.
- Responses should be no more than 2 pages, using 1.5 line spacing and a font size no smaller than 10-point.
- Make sure you address any gaps in your application and that you show progress.
- You can access the re-applicant essay in the online application.
Re-applicants must submit one new letter of recommendation, rather than the two required for first-time applicants.