Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Application Instructions

Before you apply, it is important that you understand which MMS program is the best fit for your interests and goals. Two MMS program formats are available: the MMS: Foundations of Business program (MMS: FOB) and the MMS: Duke Kunshan University program (MMS: DKU). Compare the MMS: FOB and the MMS: DKU programs.

  • You may only apply to one of the two MMS programs in an application year. 
  • Your application cannot be transferred to the other program.
  • You cannot switch programs while you are a student.


At a minimum, you must have earned, or expect to earn, a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by the time the MMS: DKU program starts. If you already have an MBA or its equivalent, you are not eligible for the MMS: DKU program. If you have more than 2 years of full-time, post-graduate work experience, please contact the admissions office to review your eligibility.


Below you will find detailed instructions about how to apply to the MMS: DKU program. We appreciate your attention to ensuring your application package is complete because only complete application packages will be reviewed by the admissions committee. If you still have questions after reviewing the below information, please contact us

There are additional application requirements and instructions for non-US citizens without US permanent residency and re-applicants.

  • The application is available online. Review the information below to prepare to apply:

    The online application includes sections on personal information and program information. The application asks for educational background, transcripts, a business resume, essays, among other information.

    • The MMS: DKU application and recommendations can only be submitted online.
    • You will need to create a user ID and password to access the system. 
    • Detailed instructions are available in the online system.
    • You may access the application as many times as you like before submitting it.
    • Your application will not be evaluated until you submit it and all supporting materials are received and verified.
    • You cannot apply to both the MMS: DKU and MMS: FOB programs concurrently. Contact the admissions office to determine which program would be the best fit for you.
    • You may only apply to one round in a given admissions cycle.
  • Transcript Requests

    Refer to the "Transcript Request Form" in the "downloadable forms" section on the online application. This form may be sent to the registrar of each college or university you've attended. This form is not part of the official application; it's simply provided to assist you in obtaining required information for your application.

    • Legible, scanned copies of all transcripts are required for each college or university you have attended.
    • Each course taken and the grade received must be listed on the transcript(s).
    • Your name, the name of the institution, the "degree received" and "date conferred" must be clearly visible on your transcripts. If you have not yet graduated, these will be listed as "expected degree received" and "expected date conferred."
    • If you have graduated, and your transcript(s) do not state the degree and date conferred, also upload a copy of your diploma in addition to the transcript.
    • Self-reported transcripts are not accepted. 

    When to Submit Hard Copies of Official Transcripts
    If you are accepted into the MMS: DKU program, you must then submit hard copies of official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope from each college or university you attended.

  • Application Tip

    Check out this blog post from Admissions for more insight on the 25 Random Things essay.

    Each MMS: DKU student brings a unique perspective to the program. When combined with business skills and a front row seat to China, this will help you to launch a successful career and become a more well-rounded professional. The admissions committee wants to learn more about both your personal and professional motivations, and how you plan to contribute to the diversity of perspectives in your class. Respond to the following application questions and essays to allow us to get to know you better.

    3 short answer questions and 2 essays are required for all applicants.

    Required Short Answer Questions

    Answer all three questions. Respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words per question).

    1. Why are you pursuing the MMS: DKU degree at this stage in your professional development?
    2. What are your immediate career goals after completing the MMS: DKU program?
    3. Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the immediate goals that you provided above not materialize, what alternative directions have you considered?

    Required Essay Questions

    Answer both essay questions.

    Essay 1

    Respond fully and concisely, in 2 pages or less. Use a font size no less than 10-point, with 1.5 line spacing.

    Essay Question: Students in the Duke MMS: DKU program experience a unique learning environment, one that spans two continents and is delivered in both locations by our world-renowned Fuqua faculty. MMS: DKU students are diverse in background, nationality, interests, and experiences, and this diversity further enhances the learning environment. Students not only learn from their esteemed professors, but also from their classmates, benefiting from the unique perspective each student brings. How will your previous experiences and background add value to your classmates’ experience?

    Essay 2

    Present your response in list form, numbered from 1 - 25. Some points may only be a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

    Essay Question: The "Team Fuqua" spirit and community is one of the things that set the Fuqua experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions Team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of "25 Random Things About Yourself." As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire's professional and academic background, so learning these "25 Random Things" helps us to get to know someone's personality, background, special talents, and more.

    In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you—beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are.  

    Optional Essay

    If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware, please explain them (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders or lack of a professional recommendation, inconsistent or questionable academic performance). Do NOT upload unrequested essays nor additional recommendations in this area. The Optional Essay is intended to provide the admissions committee with insight into your circumstances only.

    Re-applicant Essay

    An additional essay is required for re-applicants. This requirement applies to you only if you applied to the MMS: Duke Kunshan University (DKU) program between August 2014 and July 2015. Respond in 2 pages or less.

    It is not uncommon for it to take more than one try to achieve a goal. Please share with us the self-reflection process that you underwent after last year's application and how you have grown as a result. How did it shape your commitment to Fuqua and inspire your decision to reapply?

    Visit the Re-Applicants page for additional information.

    • A 1-page business resume is required for all applicants.
    • Include employment information for volunteer work, internships, and full- or part-time work experience. For each, include the location, title, date, and responsibilities, starting with your most recent position.
    • The education section should include dates of attendance and degrees received.
    • Two recommendations are required to complete your application.
    • Your recommenders must complete the online recommendation forms associated with the application.
    • Recommenders must also submit a 1-page letter (uploaded with the online recommendation form) that highlights:
      • Your interpersonal skills (effectiveness in establishing and maintaining relationships; working with peers, supervisors, and subordinates; willingness to work in a team environment)
      • Your potential areas for improvement or growth
    • Submissions by email or mail are NOT accepted.
    • One recommendation should reflect your performance in a professional setting—a job, internship, volunteer activity, or other service-oriented role.
    • One recommendation should reflect your performance in an academic setting, and could come from someone such as a former professor. 
    • Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged.
    • Use your recommenders' work email addresses versus personal accounts, like Gmail, Sina, 163.net or Yahoo, which will be more closely monitored in our credentials verification process.

    Contact your admissions counselor if you have questions about your letters of recommendation.

    • You must take either the GMAT or GRE and have your scores sent directly to the admissions office.
    • Your application is not complete until we receive your official GMAT or GRE scores from the testing center.
    • We will accept scores up to 5 years old.
    • There is no minimum requirement.
    • If you are not satisfied with your score, you may retake the exam before submitting your application. If you take the exam multiple times, only report your highest score and any sub-scores from the same testing date.

    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)