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.
- How do I apply?
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 6,000 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 current fee payment schedule.
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.
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—Weekend Excutive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. You may also connect with The Office of Admissions via phone +1.919.660.7705 or email at email@example.com.