What you need to know

The Duke Accelerated Daytime MBA program is challenging – and very rewarding. Acceptance is based on your ability to excel academically and in the business community. Our students desire to bring out the best in others and succeed while also making positive changes in the world.

Finding the best program to achieve your goals involves personal reflection. As you consider our accelerated MBA program, consider how your story and ambitions fit with Fuqua’s—and vice versa—before you apply.

The Fuqua application is only available online, and it includes sections on both personal and program information.

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Accelerated Daytime MBA Deadlines

Round Application Deadline Interview Decision Sent Final Decision Release Deposit Deadline
Round 1  Oct. 20, 2020 Nov. 10, 2020 Dec. 18, 2020 Feb. 25, 2021
Round 2 Jan. 7, 2021 Feb. 2, 2021 Mar. 19, 2021 Apr. 23, 2021
Round 3  Mar. 25, 2021 Apr. 8, 2021 Apr. 30, 2021 May 14, 2021


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Applying from another country? You may apply during any of the Rounds listed, but please remember to allow time for visa processing.

Looking for a merit-based scholarship? You may apply during Round 1, Round 2, or Round 3.

Before you apply...

1. Complete all application components.

2. Make sure your references have been notified.

3. Polish your essays.

4. Submit your best GMAT/GRE scores.

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When to apply:

Given the competitive applicant pool, you are encouraged to apply in the round in which you can submit your best application. You’re ready to apply when you have:

  • Completed all application components
  • Made sure that your references have been sent
  • Polished your essays
  • Submitted your best official GMAT/GRE scores

Selection Criteria

To be considered for the Accelerated Daytime MBA program, you must have earned one of the following degrees:

  • A Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
  • A Master in Management (MiM) degree or equivalent from an accredited graduate business school
  • A one-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from an accredited graduate business school

You must also have completed the following courses (or their equivalent) in your prior graduate business program:

  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Probability/Statistics
  • Strategy
  • Financial Management/Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

A good match is important from both sides—yours and ours—so we take a holistic approach to considering each candidate. All the components of your application give you the chance to demonstrate your strengths and your fit with Fuqua. You’ll be considered a strong applicant if:

  • We’re confident you will be successful in our program
  • You’ll add value to your peers and to Fuqua through your professional, personal, and academic experiences
  • You believe diversity in thought and background are important within your community
  • You demonstrate competence, character, and purpose and have the strongest potential to be a leader who is a positive force for change

Your prior work experience helps us understand how you have developed leadership and teamwork skills, as well as maturity, on both professional and personal levels.

  • We require some experience as a business professional; however, there is no minimum time requirement for any particular role or for your total employment history
  • All post-undergraduate work experience will be considered.
  • In your application, show us how your previous experiences will contribute to the Fuqua learning environment.

Fuqua values differences and unique points of view, so we admit applicants with:

  • Various undergraduate degrees and professional backgrounds
  • A wide range of GPAs and GMAT/GRE scores

Because the Accelerated Daytime MBA academic environment is demanding and fast-paced and requires strong quantitative and analytical skills, the admissions committee pays particular attention to the quantitative segment of your test score to ensure that you will be able to handle the rigor of the program.

Your application essays, recommendations, and interview are what weave fit, passion, and impact together into your "story." No one part is more important than the other, so give each one your best. And most importantly, just be you.


Your essays allow us to get to know you as a person—what drives you and inspires you. You have the chance here to fill in any gaps, or provide extra details on key areas of your application.


The most valuable recommendations come from people who know your professional skills and abilities. Prepare your recommenders so that they represent you well and showcase aspects of you that are not reflected in other areas of the application.


During your interview, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Show us your interpersonal skills
  • Give us additional insight into who you are
  • Demonstrate how you are a good fit

You may interview in Durham during the Open Interview Period, but it is not a requirement. If you do not travel to Durham during the Open Interview Period, you must wait for an invitation to interview at a location closer to you.



Admissions Details

  1. Research

    Visit us, contact us, connect with our community

  2. Lay the Groundwork

    Contact recommenders, prep for GMAT/GRE

  3. Get to Work

    Revise resume, write essays

  4. Submit Your Best Application

    Share your story, research, and goals

  5. Interview

    During Open Interview Period or by invitation

  6. Receive a Decision

    Meet fellow admitted students at Blue Devil Weekend

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our Accelerated Daytime MBA FAQ for answers to our most frequently asked questions about the accelerated program. You can also reference our Daytime MBA student blog for any questions you may have about student life at Fuqua.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Admissions Information

Facts + Dates

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Application Instructions

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Admission Events

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Cohort Profile

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Tuition + Costs

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Financing Your Degree

Learn how to fund the program.

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