Frequently Asked Questions
What are the minimum requirements for the GMAT/GRE?
There is no minimum requirement and 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 Weekend Executive program must be employed on a full-time basis.
I noticed an online application for the Weekend Executive MBA program. Can all or part of the application requirements be submitted online or is a paper-based application required?
We only accept online applications via ApplyYourself, our online application system.
What "type" of student are you looking for?
Fuqua 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 are high-potential professionals who are on the fast track in their organizations with:
- At least 5 years professional work experience.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
- High English proficiency.
- A clear understanding of the commitment required to succeed in a Duke MBA program.
How do you rank undergraduate transcripts?
We look closely at undergraduate transcripts and examine the quality of the institution, your overall performance, especially 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 in quantitative courses. Also, the committee will consider your career history and the types of quantitative work that you have been exposed to.
Is an interview required?
Yes. An interview is required for all applicants. Your application is not complete without it. 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 a telephone interview.
Visit the Interviews section for more details.
Do I need to declare a concentration during the admissions process?
No. You do not need to declare a concentration when applying to the program. After the program begins, you will receive guidance on how to declare a concentration. All concentrations are optional, and there are additional fees for the project portion of each concentration. Visit the Curriculum page for more details.
Is the Weekend Executive MBA degree the same as those of the other Duke MBA programs?
Yes. Duke'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, regardless of the format.
What electives are offered through this program?
Weekend Executive students choose 4 elective courses, from approximately 20 offerings, allowing students the opportunity to shape their academic experience based on their interests. Learn more about electives.
How accessible are the faculty between weekend sessions?
Faculty members are easily accessible during the program. They welcome face-to-face meetings when students are on campus, invite them to email or call when they are not, and monitor questions from the online bulletin boards. You can expect that, on average, faculty will respond to your questions and requests within 24 hours.
How important is class attendance?
Attendance is mandatory. There are a significant number of faculty contact hours in each day of the weekend residencies, and attendance is crucial. We recommend that all incoming students carefully review the academic calendar and clear any potential conflicts.
Can group or individual projects be done that are directly related to my company?
There are several opportunities to work on issues facing your company, but they vary depending on the professor and the course. Regardless of the specific project, the courses are designed so that you can implement course materials in your daily work within a reasonable amount of time.
Also, if you elect to complete an optional concentration, you will have the opportunity to work on an independent project related to that concentration. Depending on which concentration you choose, you may want to work on a project related to your company. Learn more about concentrations.
Are there any international study opportunities through the Weekend Executive program?
Yes. Weekend Executive MBA students have the opportunity to enhance their academic learning by participating in a Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) course. During the international travel portion of the GATE course, students gain hands-on experience as they go to different cities and/or countries to visit businesses, meet corporate executives and examine country-specific issues such as anti-trust and financial markets.
Can I speak with a current student or alumnus to hear first-hand about the Weekend Executive MBA program?
Yes, we will be happy to provide you with the contact information for a current Weekend Executive student or alumnus. Start this process by contacting the Weekend Executive MBA admissions counselor.
Will I be required to have a laptop or any special software?
Every student in the program needs a reliable laptop as well as a reliable internet connection. 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 the program?
Ahead of your first residency, you will have an extra four days for orientation. Part of this time focuses on getting you comfortable with understanding and using the technology to be successful in the program. There are a wide range of computer skills among the Weekend Executive students, but we recommend that you have some basics (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Once accepted to the program, you will receive additional information, including access to tutorials and resources, that will help ensure that you have the necessary technology skills.
Do I need corporate sponsorship to be admitted to the Weekend Executive MBA program?
There are two types of corporate support. One is support for the MBA itself and the other is financial. Your company must endorse your involvement in the program by allowing the time off necessary to attend classes 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 admissions process, you must obtain a letter of support 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. We see the Weekend Executive 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. If appropriate, we can also put you in touch with Duke students or alumni from your organization (or industry) to help discuss strategies for gaining corporate financial support. View a sample letter to obtain financial support.
What if I don't receive corporate financial support? What are my options?
Scholarship funds are available for this program, but they are limited. You also have the option of applying for a variety of student loans.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents have the option of applying for federal loans. Fuqua has a financial aid office that can assist you with this process of borrowing from the U.S. federal loan program.
International students can apply for a no-cosigner student loan or apply for U.S. based private student loans with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signer. Learn more on the Financial Aid webpage.
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 2,500 USD deposit will be due within a few weeks of the admissions decision. The remaining balance will be divided into 5 separate installments that are due prior to each term. Review the fee schedule here.
What is NOT included in the tuition?
Any travel to and from classes, lodging costs for additional nights, and any incidental costs incurred while attending the program. Also the cost of the GATE course and the projects required to complete concentrations are not included in the tuition.