Frequently Asked Questions

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Duke University's
Fuqua School of Business

Office of Admissions
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0120 USA

Tel +1.919.660.7705
Fax +1.919.681.8026

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Admissions

What are the minimum requirements for the GMAT/GRE? 
We admit applicants with a range of test scores. There is no minimum requirement. 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 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? 

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 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, 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 that you have been exposed to.
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 a telephone interview.

Visit the Interviews and Open Houses page 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. Visit the Curriculum page for more details.

Academic

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 on the Curriculum page
How accessible are the faculty between weekend sessions?  
Faculty members are easily accessible during the program. They offer regular office hours and often monitor the bulletin boards. You can expect that, on average, faculty will respond to your questions and requests within 24 hours.
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, and 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 a special project related to that concentration during Term 7. Depending on your concentration, you may choose to work on a project related to your company.

Are there any international study opportunities through the Weekend Executive program?  
Yes. Weekend Executive students have the opportunity to enhance their academic learning by participating in a Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE). During a GATE, students gain hands-on experience as they travel to different 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 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 admissions counselor at weekend-mba-info@fuqua.duke.edu.

Technology

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 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 the program?  

There is a wide range of computer skills among Weekend Executive students, and we recommend that you have some basic computer skills (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Most students are familiar with word processing and email, but some have not been exposed to spreadsheets, electronic bulletin boards, chat rooms, and messaging services. Once you are 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.During your first residency, we also provide an extra week for orientation. Part of this orientation focuses on getting you comfortable with understanding and using the technology involved.

Financial

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 endeavor 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 of 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 through Coastal Federal Credit Union 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 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 on the Costs & Financial Aid page.
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.