Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions for the Daytime MBA program.  You can also reference our Daytime MBA student blog for answers to questions you may have about student life at Fuqua.


  • What are the Daytime MBA application deadlines?

    A detailed list of application (and other) deadlines is available here.

  • May I receive an assessment of my candidacy before I officially apply?

    No, we do not evaluate your qualifications until we receive your application for admission. We look at your overall strengths and weaknesses and compare your profile against the larger applicant pool. Criteria considered include work experience, leadership (both personally and professionally), essays, recommendations, academic transcripts and test scores. Get more information here.

  • Do you offer a waiver or reduction of the application fee?

    Yes. Applicants may qualify for a waiver or fee reduction if they meet certain criteria. Click here to see what qualifies and learn about the process.

  • What are the minimum requirements for the GMAT/GRE?

    There is no minimum requirement; we admit applicants with a range of test scores. GMAT/GRE scores are important in the evaluation process, but it is not the only indicator of achievement. Other important aspects are your academic performance, work experience, community involvement and leadership, recommendations and essays. To view available statistics on the current class, please click here.

  • Can I submit my application without my official test scores?

    You may submit your application; however, your application will not be considered complete and will not be evaluated until your official scores are received from the testing company. This may cause your application to be moved to a future round. Please arrange to have your test scores sent to us as soon as they become available, and plan testing dates so that there is sufficient time for test score processing and receipt prior to the desired application deadline.

  • I took my GMAT/GRE several years ago. Are my scores still valid?

    GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date the exam is taken.

  • Do you accept updated test scores? What is the process for updating my test scores?

    Yes. To update your scores, have the testing company send the official score report directly to our office. Once your official score is available, send an email to application-processing@fuqua.duke.edu to ask to have the score updated in your application.  Please note: We cannot update your application with unofficial scores. We must receive the official score report in order to update your application.  If the scores are received after your application has been reviewed, we cannot guarantee that the admissions committee will be able to review your updated score. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application with the scores you wish to use. 

  • I already have an MBA. Can I apply to Fuqua?

    No. If you already have an MBA, or the equivalent (including MBA degrees received from part-time or executive programs), you are not eligible for admission to our programs. 

  • When I scan my official transcript, a watermark that says "copy" appears. Will you still accept the transcript?

    Many official transcripts have watermarks that appear when the transcripts are scanned. As long as your official transcript is still legible, it will be sufficient for the application process. Please remember that official transcripts must include the university's seal and cannot be copied from an online grading system.

  • I transferred schools or did a semester abroad. Do you need a copy of that school's transcripts?

    If the transfer credit appears on the degree-granting university's transcripts, each course taken and the grade received must be listed on the transcripts. Otherwise, legible, scanned copies of all official transcripts are required for each college or university you have attended.

  • The average age of Daytime students is 29. Does that mean that I won't be admitted with less work experience?

    We are seeking quality, not quantity, of work experience. Depending on the career path you have chosen, it may take more or less time for you to gain the experiences that will enable you to add value to the classroom. The learning that occurs in an MBA program is not limited to what is delivered by the faculty, but rather the discussion that the subject matter generates in the classroom. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, functions, and industries, and sharing their experiences is what promotes learning in the classroom. We encourage you to look carefully at the experiences that you have had thus far and to highlight in your application how you will augment the classroom and community.

  • How does the Admissions Committee perceive non-traditional backgrounds?

    We seek students with diverse perspectives who will add value to the classroom and the community. Non-traditional backgrounds push our boundaries in the classroom and allow students and faculty to think differently. If you are applying with a non-traditional background, use the application to clearly define your goals and the role of a Duke MBA in reaching them, as well as to provide insight into your experiences and career progression as we may be less familiar with your industry.

  • When do students matriculate each year? Can students start at other times during the year?

    Daytime MBA students begin their program in July or August, depending on whether they take pre-term courses (which may be required for some students).  There are no other start dates during the year.

  • What is your policy on deferred admission?

    We encourage applicants to apply for admission in the year in which they wish to matriculate. If circumstances prevent you from enrolling in that year, you may request a deferral by writing to the Associate Dean of Admissions outlining all details surrounding the request. Requests for deferral will only be considered after May 1 for students who have already submitted their tuition deposit.

    Deferrals are granted only in the case of significant, unanticipated, and unavoidable personal emergency. An admitted student may be deferred up to, but not beyond, the same term in the succeeding year. Admission may be deferred only once. All requests for deferral must include official supporting documentation confirming the nature of the request. Examples of reasons for deferral include military service obligations and medical emergencies for the student or an immediate family member.

    If a deferral is granted, applicants are required to pay a non-refundable deferral fee of $3,000. This fee will be credited toward tuition upon matriculation. If a scholarship is awarded in the year the applicant applies, this award is not guaranteed for matriculation the following year. Scholarship awards will be re-evaluated during the admissions cycle prior to matriculation.

  • Does The Fuqua School of Business accept transfer credits?

    No. However, exemption exams are available for most of the core courses. Exemption exams are offered at the beginning of each term. A student may also be given an "administrative exemption" based on prior course work. Exemption from a course does not reduce the total number of credits needed to complete the degree. Students have the ability to substitute an elective in place of the required course.

  • What are some additional courses that I can take to prepare for business school?

    Our program is heavily quantitative in nature. A college-level calculus course with a grade equivalent to a C or better is required to matriculate. In addition, we recommend the following preparatory courses: statistics, financial accounting, macro or micro economics, and corporate finance.

  • When does the college-level calculus course requirement need to be fulfilled?

    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. The requirement must be satisfied prior to matriculation in the summer.

  • On the application, you ask me to indicate the total number of months of full-time, post-graduate management experience that I will have up to the enrollment date. What do you consider management experience?

    We consider management experience to be people, project, or budget management.

  • How do I apply to a joint degree program?

    All applications for joint degree programs are due by the Early Action, Round 1 or Round 2 deadlines. See the Admissions page for deadlines and the Application Instructions pages for details.

  • Do you offer an online or part-time program?

    No, we do not offer an MBA program that is exclusively online or part-time.  However, we do offer three MBA programs designed for the working professionals - the Cross Continent, Weekend Executive and Global Executive programs.  These programs allow individuals to continue to work while they complete their MBA.  Our unique format combines in-person residencies with distance learning.

  • How can I contact a current student?

    You are welcome and encouraged to reach out to the student leadership of the MBAA clubs that interest you to gain insight on the student experience. We also encourage you to participate in our Campus Visit program.

  • How can I connect with Fuqua Alumni in my area?

    We have an active alumni community who are engaged in our Admissions recruiting events around the world. We invite you to attend one of our upcoming events where you will have a chance to hear about the Duke experience from our alumni.

Interviews and Campus Visits

Financial Aid

  • Who is considered for the Fuqua merit scholarship?

    Every admitted applicant is considered for a merit scholarship.

  • How are Fuqua merit scholarship awards determined?

    Merit scholarship recipients are selected by an Admissions Merit Scholarship Committee. The selection criteria include prior academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and professional accomplishments. These awards are for the two-year MBA program duration and range from partial to full tuition. There is no funding for new awards in the second year. Thus, students who enroll without scholarship funding the first year should not anticipate an award for the second year of the program. Merit scholarship awards are made independent of determining a student's eligibility for student loans.

  • Is it possible to borrow funds to meet the costs of attending Fuqua?

    A variety of student loan programs are available to both domestic and international students. Students are eligible to apply for a combination of federal and alternative student loans to meet their cost of tuition, fees, books, and related living expenses as estimated in the cost of attendance. Visit the Financial Aid website for more details.

  • How do I apply for student loans?

    For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, visit the Financial Aid website to learn more about the student loan process for domestic students.

    For international applicants, details of the student loan process are also located on the Financial Aid website.   

  • How will I know if my FAFSA has been sent to Fuqua Financial Aid?

    Approximately one week after you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which will indicate the receipt and initial processing of your application. Our financial aid office receives an electronic copy of the SAR. The FAFSA data for admitted students is reviewed for accuracy and completeness. If additional information is needed, you will receive a written request from Fuqua. If no additional information is requested, you will receive a financial aid award notice. Our financial aid office begins review of financial aid applications in March and sends out award notices on a rolling basis.

International Applicants

  • As an international student, when should I apply for Admission?

    International students should apply in Early Action, Round 1 or Round 2. Visa processing can take several months to complete, so we recommend that you apply before Round 3 to ensure that you are able to join the program if admitted.

  • Do I need to submit an English as a Foreign Language Test?

    All international applicants who did not earn an undergraduate degree from a school whose primary language of instruction is English, must submit a valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. A minimum of 3 years of attendance at the English instruction school is required in order to have this requirement waived. You do not need to send a waiver request. We will be able to confirm that your studies were taught in English based on your transcripts. Within the online application you may indicate that English was the primary language of instruction by marking the appropriate box in the Education section.

    If you have questions about this or believe your undergraduate studies qualify you for a language test waiver, please send an email to application-processing@fuqua.duke.edu requesting a waiver before the application deadline. Please include the reasons you believe you should receive a waiver as well as a copy of your transcripts and resume.

    In addition, the PTE, TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for international applicants holding a non-technical master's or a non-technical PhD degree from an institution where the official language of instruction was English. If you have a question regarding whether your degree is non-technical, please email application-processing@fuqua.duke.edu.

  • What are the minimum requirements for the PTE, TOEFL, or IELTS?

    There is no minimum requirement; 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 valid test scores, you must indicate on your application which score you would like for us to use.

  • I took my TOEFL/IELTS/PTE several years ago. Are my scores still valid?

    TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are valid for 2 years from the date the exam is taken.

  • Will you consider my application with a degree less than a four-year bachelor's degree from the U.S.A.?

    Generally, we do accept international bachelor's degrees. Most of the degrees we see are for four-year programs. Three-year degrees are fairly common in U.K.-based systems. Level exams frequently are equal to the first year of college; therefore, a three-year degree from England, Scotland, Wales, and Australia are usually equivalent to a four-year program. In India, the bachelors of commerce degree is three years, and is usually considered the equivalent of a U.S. business degree.

  • Is there financial aid available for international applicants?

    Every admitted applicant is automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarships. There is no separate scholarship application. Merit scholarship notification typically occurs within a week following the admission notification. The awards are for the two-year duration of the MBA program and range from partial tuition to full tuition. Funding is limited and will not be sufficient to cover all tuition and living expenses. For details, visit the Financial Aid page for International Daytime Students.

    We also offer a student loan for international students through Coastal Federal Credit Union. This loan offers a very competitive rate and does NOT require a co-signer from the U.S.


Credential Verification

  • What is the purpose of the background verification process?

    We use a third party vendor, Re Vera Services, LLC, 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?

    $75.00. You will be responsible for paying the fee directly to Re Vera Services, LLC 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, sign and fax a release form, and submit a $75 payment.

  • How long does it take to complete the process?

    Verification takes approximately 2-4 weeks, but the timeline could be longer depending on factors out of Re Vera's control, such as slow response times from your recommenders or employers.

  • 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 e-mail from The Office of Admissions. Please DO NOT contact either 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 e-mail 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. Please make sure to 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-Daytime 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 yet 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 fuqua@reveraservices.com.  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. Please note: 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. Please send these documents to fuqua@reveraservices.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?

    You will not have the option to update information via Re Vera Service's website. Any desired changes will need to be forwarded to Re Vera Services at fuqua@reveraservices.com. Please also copy the Office of Admissions at admitted@fuqua.duke.edu so that we may update our records as well.

  • 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 sgoldberg@reveraservices.com 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 fuqua@reveraservices.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.

    Please first check the Frequently Asked Questions on Re Vera's http://www.reveraservices.com/FAQ.html. You are welcome to contact Re Vera Services by phone 1-888-408-4384 or e-mail fuqua@reveraservices.com with any questions or concerns. You may also connect with The Office of Admissions via phone (919) 660-7705 or e-mail at admitted@fuqua.duke.edu.


  • How many people are on the waitlist?

    We are unable to disclose an exact number of people who are waitlisted. Candidates on the waitlist may be admitted or may choose to remove their name from the waitlist at any point in the process, so the number of candidates on the waitlist can vary from day to day. Please be advised that the Admissions Committee has made a conscious decision to limit the number of applicants extended a place on the waitlist.

  • Can I retake the GMAT?

    Yes. We will accept new scores from an applicant who has elected to remain active on the waitlist. Deciding to retake the GMAT or GRE is a personal decision. If you feel that you did not test at your highest potential, it might be in your best interest to retake the test. In deciding to retest, applicants have found it helpful to compare themselves to the 80% GMAT range (640-750). Should you elect to take the GMAT or GRE again, please notify our office so we may look for your new score. Official test scores must be formally requested through Pearson Vue to be sent to The Duke MBA Daytime (full-time) program code Q13-N5-32 in order for our office to receive the score. It typically takes one to three weeks for our office to receive an official score once requested.

  • Is the waitlist ranked and if so what number am I on the waitlist?

    No. The waitlist is not ranked. However, it is imperative that you inform the Committee of your intentions to remain active on the waitlist. Only those applicants who have elected to remain active on the waitlist will be considered for admission.

  • When will the Admissions Committee review waitlisted candidates?

    Waitlisted applications will be reviewed at subsequent admissions rounds, following the round in which you originally applied. On the decision release date for each round, you will be informed if you are admitted, and if not, your status will remain waitlisted. As such, please be sure to keep us informed of any changes in your contact information. View the admission round deadlines and decision release dates.

  • When is the latest I would be admitted from the waitlist?

    In the past, we have admitted students from the waitlist as late as the start of Orientation in August.

  • I was waitlisted for an interview. What should I do?

    You will receive an e-mailed invitation to participate in the next round of interviews in the location you pre-selected on your application.  No action is needed on your part until you receive the e-mail. The Admissions Committee will review your completed interview evaluation as a part of your total application and will provide an updated decision on your application after the next decision release.  Please refer to our Web site for details on the interview invitation and decision release timeline.

  • I was not waitlisted specifically for an interview. May I schedule an interview?

    Our interview policy is by invitation only at this stage in the application cycle. If the Admissions Committee determines that an interview is needed to make a final decision on your application, you will be contacted directly by The Office of Admissions in order to schedule and complete your interview.

  • May I submit additional information for the Admissions Committee to consider?

    Yes. During the coming months you may submit additional information that you feel will be helpful to the Committee in consideration of your file. Brevity and relevance are important when determining what to submit to the Admissions Committee. It is not necessary to duplicate information already covered in your application. All information must be via e-mail to ensure that it will be placed in your file. Examples may include:

    • Information on recent professional or community accomplishments
    • An additional recommendation
    • Transcripts for recently completed coursework
    • A copy of a new test score (Please note: official score must also come from Pearson Vue/ETS)
    • Any changes in contact information (mailing address, phone number, e-mail address)
  • To whom should I submit additional information?

    All additional information should be submitted via email to mbawaitlist@fuqua.duke.edu. If you have any inquiries regarding your status on the waitlist, call our office at +1.919.660.7705.

  • I have a question that has not been addressed in the Waitlist FAQs. What should I do?

    Should you have an inquiry regarding the waitlist process, please feel free to contact our office via email at mbawaitlist@fuqua.duke.edu or telephone at 1.919.660.7705 and ask to speak with an Admissions Officer. You may reach us during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm ET. We would be happy to speak with you and address any questions or concerns you have regarding your application status.