PhD Program

Duke University's
Fuqua School of Business

100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120 USA

Tel +1.919.660.7862
Fax +1.919.681.6245

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The PhD Program in Business Administration at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business prepares candidates for research and teaching careers at leading educational institutions and for careers where advanced research and analytical capabilities are required. The PhD program places major emphasis on independent inquiry, on the development of competence in research methodology, and on the communication of research results. Students are introduced at the outset of the program not only to rigorous coursework, but also to the research activities of the faculty and of other students. A ratio of doctoral students-in-residence to faculty of less than one-to-one facilitates this opportunity to work closely with faculty.



The PhD program usually requires four to six years of work, with an average of roughly five years. The student and the faculty in his/her area determine the specific program of study in accordance with each student's goals and interests. Each student is required to gain expertise in an area of special interest via coursework or independent study and to take a comprehensive exam in this area, usually during the second or third year of residence. The final requirement is the presentation of a dissertation. The PhD program offers programs of research and training in the areas of accounting, decision sciences, finance, marketing, management, operations management, and strategy.

The Fuqua School of Business policy is to provide stipends, tuition and registration, and health fees for all new PhD students. The school provides tuition, registration, and health fees throughout the program and provides stipend support for ten semesters, as long as the student continues to make satisfactory progress toward the PhD.

PhD Programs

Decision Sciences
Management and Organizations
Operations Management

Program Facts

PhD Program Facts for Duke University's Fuqua School of Business 2014-2015

  • There are 83 students in the program (10 in accounting, 10 in decision sciences, 16 in finance, 10 in management, 16 in marketing, 10 in operations management, 10 in strategy, and one MD-PhD student).

  • For the past three years, acceptance rates have been roughly 4-5% (based on 548-566 applicants). Average GMAT scores of accepted applicants have ranged from approximately 705 to 731 (the overall range of scores for accepted applicants was 520 to 800); average undergraduate GPAs have ranged from 3.6-3.8, average graduate GPAs have ranged from 3.8-3.9.

Financial Aid

Full tuition grant, registration, and mandatory student health fees while in residence for the program; stipend of $28,800 for the first year and $25,800 for years two through five (as part of their doctoral training and educational experience, students would work as research and teaching assistants for an average of 10 hours per week in year one and 6 hours per week in years two through five; additional research assistantship funds of approximately $3000 per year (roughly four hours per week) are also available beyond the first year). Health insurance is covered for the first six years for students who elect the Duke health insurance plan. This package is given to all those admitted.


Either the GRE or GMAT is an acceptable test for applicants to take.

Program Structure

The program usually requires 5-6 years of work. Most students take roughly two years of coursework. The particular courses taken are individualized for each student, in consultation with the faculty in his/her area, based upon the student's background, goals, and interests. Courses are selected from those available at The Fuqua School, other departments at Duke, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State. Students are also required to pass a major field requirement (exam or major paper, depending upon the area) in the third year of residence, and to propose, carry out, and defend a dissertation.


Academic Placements Since 1987:

Arizona State University
Baruch (4)
Baylor University
Beijing University
Bocconi (2)
Boston University (2)
Brigham Young
California State University-Sacramento
Case Western
Central Florida
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Columbia University (2)
Cornell (3)
Dartmouth (2)
Drexel University
Ewha University
Georgetown (5)
George Washington University
Georgia Tech (3)
Hallym University (Korea)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
IESE (Spain)
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University (2)
INSEAD (France) (3)
Wilfred Laurier University
London Business School
Long Island University-Post
MIT (3)
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
National University of Singapore (2)
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State
Northwestern (2)
Princeton University
Queen's University
Rice University (4)
Seattle University
Singapore Management University
Syracuse (2)
Stanford University
Texas A&M (2)
Tsinghua University (3)
University of Alberta
University of Amsterdam
University of Arizona (2)
University of British Columbia 
UC-Berkeley (2)
University of Calgary
University of California-Davis
UCLA (3)
University of Connecticut
University of Florida (2)
University of Georgia
University of Hong Kong (2)
University of Illinois (3)
University of Iowa (3)
University of Maryland (2)
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Michigan, Dearborn
University of Nebraska
University of New Orleans
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (3)
University of North Carolina - Greensboro
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Rochester (2)
University of St. Thomas
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Texas (4)
University of Texas-Dallas (2)
University of Utah (4)
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech (2)
University of Washington (2)
Washington University, St. Louis (2)
Wayne State University
University of Wisconsin (3)
Wake Forest University
Wharton (4)
Yale (2)
York University

How to Apply

The PhD in Business Administration is a degree of the Graduate School of Duke University . Applications are only available online. To apply to our program please go to:

For further information, please contact:

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. James R. Bettman

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
Bobbie D. Clinkscales