Help us get to know you better

We want you to put your best foot forward. Please look over the instructions on this page to help you prepare your application to Duke’s Accelerated Daytime MBA program. We appreciate all the work you’re doing to ensure your application package is complete. Remember the admissions committee can only review completed application packages. If you have questions after looking over the information here, feel free to send an email to the admissions office.

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

We are no longer accepting applications for the class beginning in 2020. The application for the class beginning in 2021 will be available in July.

Personal information needed:

  • Educational background, including one of the following eligibility requirements:
    • A Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree from The 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
  • Specific coursework
    • Graduate-level business coursework required to be eligible for this program includes Managerial Economics, Financial Accounting, Probability/Statistics, Strategy, Financial Management/Finance, Marketing, and Operations Management.
    • In the application, you will need to list the specific quantitative courses you’ve taken and your grades for the qualifying program you’ve completed. You will not need to list every business course, however.
  • Transcripts
  • Employment history
    • 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
  • Business resume
  • Activities and achievements
  • Self-reported test scores
  • Essays

Program information includes your choices for:

  • Preferred interview type (on-campus or via video-conference)
  • Concentration(s) (not required)
  • Certificates (not required)

Application basics:

  • You’ll need to create a profile and get a PIN to access the system.
  • You may access the application as many times as you like before submitting it.
  • Detailed instructions are available in the online system.
  • Your application will not be evaluated until you submit it and all supporting materials are received and verified.

Do your research

Talk to family, friends, and mentors. Visit our campus and attend a recruiting event, and then decide whether this program is right for you.

Review the online application and deadlines. Consider important aspects of the timeline, including:

  • When to apply if you’re an international student
  • When to schedule your interview
  • When you’ll receive a decision
  • When your tuition deposit is due
  • When to start the visa process if required

Submit your application

Ensure that your application is complete, including your resume, essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, and application fee. You can view your application status by logging into your student portal.


There are two types of interviews for admission to Fuqua: those done during the Open Interview Period, and interviews by invitation. Depending on when you apply and interview, you may also want to schedule your campus visit activities at the same time.

Receive a decision

You’ll be notified via email of your admission decision by midnight (Eastern Time) on the decision date for the round in which you apply. 

To reserve your place in the class, you must submit:

  • A nonrefundable tuition deposit
  • Official test scores sent directly from the testing agency
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the institution/s you attended

Your deposit can only be made in the following ways: credit card, personal check, money order, e-check, or wire transfer. Please plan accordingly so you don't miss the deposit deadline.

Visit Fuqua

The best way to learn about Fuqua and the Accelerated Daytime MBA program is by experiencing it firsthand. We encourage you to take part in our campus visit program and our admitted student events. Visiting campus will not only provide insight to inform your final decision to join the program, but will also provide you with information on transitioning to the Durham area.

Access our incoming student website

Shortly after admission, you will receive access to our incoming student website. This will be your main source of information, helping you more fully understand our community and our expectations and giving you a better idea of what it will be like to be an accelerated MBA student at Duke. 

Here you’ll find all the information you'll need to transition into your new academic life:

  • Program announcements
  • Technical and computer information
  • Academic assignments to prepare to return to school
  • Relocation information
  • Classmate information

Apply for a visa

If applicable, visa application information will be included in your admission packet along with specific deadlines for submission. Visa processing can take up to several months to complete, so it is critical you apply in Round 1 or Round 2 to ensure that you are able to join the program.


Application Requirements

Legible, scanned copies of all transcripts are required for each college or university you have attended where you:

  • earned (or will earn) a degree;
  • studied for one semester or more;
  • earned 12 or more credits (note: 4 or more credits if your university awards 1 credit for the typical class instead of 3 credits);
  • and/or took a class that relates to your graduate study interests. 

If you took classes at a college or university while in high school, do not list the college or university as a separate school in your application.

For transfer credits: Follow the guidelines listed above, but please note that for any transferred credits that qualify to be reported, we need to see grades/marks.  If the grades/marks as well as the credits appear on your degree-conferring institution's transcript, then the additional transcript will not be required.

For student abroad credits: Please follow the same guidelines as for transfer credits.

Transcripts must include:

  • Your name and the name of the institution
  • Each course taken and the grade received
  • The degree received and date conferred

If your transcripts do not state the degree and date conferred, upload a copy of your diploma in addition to the transcript. If your transcript is not in English, it must be translated, attested, and uploaded along with the originals. Those applying from outside the U.S. should see additional transcript guidelines for international students.

Two options for sending transcripts:

  • Electronically to
  • Directly by mail in a sealed envelope to:
    Duke University
    The Fuqua School of Business Office of Admissions
    100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
    Durham, NC 27708-0120

If you do not submit your official transcripts on time, or if you misrepresent, falsify, or omit information, we may rescind any offer of admission or financial assistance.

When to submit copies of official transcripts

Only if you are admitted to the program, will you be required to submit official transcripts from each college or university you have attended for verification. The due date for official transcripts will be noted in your admitted student portal. If you have not yet completed your studies by this date, your official transcripts should reach The Fuqua School of Business no later than one week before your program begins.

You’ll need to provide your thoughts on one short-answer question and two essays as part of your application.

Instructions for all written submissions:

  • Responses should use 1.5-line spacing and a font size no smaller than 10-point.
  • Do not repeat the question in the document you upload with your application.
  • Respond fully and concisely.
  • Length requirements vary by question and are detailed below.
  • Responses must be completed before submitting your application.

All submissions are scanned using plagiarism detection software. Plagiarism is considered a cheating violation within our Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admissions process.

Required short-answer essay question

Instructions: Answer the following question in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

  • What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first-choice career plan and your alternate plan.

First required essay: 25 random things about yourself

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

For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world. These ways of thinking set the Duke Accelerated MBA experience apart, and this concept 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 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. Share with us your list of "25 Random Things" about YOU.

Second required essay: The Fuqua community and you

Instructions: Your response should be no more than 300 words.

Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.

Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, what are the three most meaningful ways you expect to engage and contribute to our community outside the classroom?

Optional essay: Tell us more

If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in an optional essay.

Please do not upload additional essays or additional recommendations in this area of the application, and limit your response to one page.

Submit your required resume electronically within the online application system. For employment and volunteer positions, include the location, title, date, and responsibilities, starting with your most recent position. The education section should include dates of attendance and degrees received.

Your resume should include:

  • Full-time employment
  • Volunteer work
  • Internships
  • Part-time work experience
  • Education

Your recommenders must complete the current recommendation forms associated with the online application—no other format of recommendation will be accepted.

  • One required letter of recommendation 
  • One optional letter of recommendation

At least one recommendation should reflect your performance in your most recent professional setting. Volunteer activities or other service-oriented roles in which you are deeply involved may also be excellent sources for recommendations. The most valuable recommendations come from people who know your professional skills and abilities.

Submissions by email or mail are not accepted.

Other recommendation guidelines:

  • You are required to use the recommendation forms that are within the online application.
  • Use your recommenders' work email addresses, which they monitor more closely, during our credential verification process, rather than personal accounts like Gmail.
  • Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged.
  • Academic recommendations often provide a similar perspective to your transcript and are less helpful.

The following questions are included on the recommendation form:

  • Comment briefly on the context of your interaction with the applicant.
  • How do the applicant's performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?
  • What do you perceive as the applicant's areas for growth?
  • Describe the applicant's awareness of these areas and his/her response to constructive feedback.
  • Please include additional comments you feel will be helpful to the admissions committee.

Bonus endorsement from Fuqua students and alumni

In addition to the two required recommendations, you may provide additional endorsements from our alumni or current students.

Endorsement Form

If an endorsement is submitted on your behalf before you submit your application, you will become eligible for an application fee waiver. We are unable to provide refunds if your endorsement is received after the application fee has been paid.

Fuqua accepts GMAT, GRE, and EA scores.  Test scores are valid for 5 years, and we do not require the official score report at time of application - you need only self-report your score and provide official scores when admitted. We do not have a preference for which exam you provide, and scores can be updated after your application is submitted.

We recognize that many testing centers are not open at the moment, but both GMAC and ETS, the administrators of the GMAT and GRE tests, respectively, have now made available the option to take these tests from a home environment. Please visit the GMAC or ETS websites for more information.

Extra GMAT, GRE, and EA details:

  • There is no minimum test score requirement.
  • We will accept scores up to 5 years old.

Admission system test codes:

  • GMAT/EA: Duke program code Q13-N5-32
  • GRE: Duke program code 5156, and the 4201 Business Administration and Management Department name on your GRE exam

Need more help?

Information on registering and sending GMAT/EA scores
Information on registering and sending GRE scores


A 225 USD nonrefundable application fee, payable by VISA or MasterCard, is due when you submit your online application.

Application fee waivers

You may be eligible to receive an application fee waiver if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

You are a member of the military—active duty, active reserve, or honorably discharged/completed service (within 3 years). Either voluntary or compulsory service is valid for qualification.

You are an active participant or alumnus/alumna of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America.

You receive Fuqua Admissions Committee approval. In your application, include the reason for your waiver request and the name of the committee member granting approval.

Before submitting your application, you register for and attend at least one of the activities listed below. Indicate the event type, location, and month of attendance in your online application. (MBA Fairs are only considered a qualifying event if you completed a sign in at the Fuqua table during the fair.)

  • Campus Visit
  • Open house
  • Information session
  • Informational luncheon
  • Meet & greet
  • Multi-school information session
  • Virtual information session

You obtain a recommendation from a current Fuqua student or alumnus/alumna. In your application, include your recommender’s name, program (Daytime MBA, Cross Continent MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business, Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University, Master of Quantitative Management: Business Analytics, or Master of Quantitative Management: Health Analytics), year of graduation (if known), and email address.

You attended one of four Diversity Events:

  • The Duke MBA Workshop for Minority Applicants
  • The Duke MBA Women’s Leadership Weekend
  • The Duke MBA LGBTQ Weekend
  • The Duke MBA Veterans Symposium

You are a member of one of more qualifying organizations: Forté, Posse Foundation, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Riordan Fellows Program, Choctaw Nation, Graduate Horizons, JumpStart Advisory Group, or

Instructions to apply for an application fee waiver:

  1. Meet at least one of the above criteria.
  2. Select an application round in the “Personal Information” section of the online application.
  3. Complete the questions included in the "Application Fee Waiver Information" section.
  4. Submit your application after all sections are complete. However, do NOT submit your application if you are asked for credit card information.

Following the above instructions is the only way to receive an application fee waiver. If you submit your online application without selecting the "fee waiver" option, then you will not qualify for the waiver, and no refund will be available.

Interviews provide you an ideal opportunity to present a different view of your credentials to the admissions committee. An admissions staff member or an admissions fellow who is a second-year full-time MBA student will conduct your interview. Please think about choosing to interview on campus in Durham, NC. Visiting our campus is the best way to learn about the Duke Accelerated Daytime MBA program, to experience our unique culture, and to get a taste of a fascinating place you’ll call home.

Interview Fast Facts:

  • Interviews are conducted in English.
  • Interviews generally last 30–45 minutes.
  • Appropriate attire is business casual.
  • Bring a one-page resume to the interview.
  • Interviewers will have a copy of your resume, but no other portion of your application file.

There are two ways to interview:

1. During the Open Interview Period

All applicants, regardless of the round in which you intend to apply, are eligible to interview during the Open Interview Period. A completed application is not required to interview during the Open Interview Period.

Open Interview Period Fast Facts:

When: October 12 - October 28, 2020
Where: Durham, NC

Who is eligible to interview in Durham during the Open Interview Period?
All applicants are eligible to 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 await an invitation to interview at a location closer to you.

Additional activities while in Durham:

During the Open Interview Period, we encourage you to also sign up for activities offered through our campus visit program.

2. Interview by invitation

If you do not interview in Durham during the Open Interview Period, you will only be able to interview if invited to do so. Invitations are extended based on a thorough evaluation of your completed application. If invited, you will be interviewed in the location that you specified in your application and during the interview period that corresponds to your application round.

Interview by Invitation Fast Facts

  • Interviews by invitation are held by application round, and will be conducted on campus in Durham or via video-conference.

Interview Notification:

If you are a Round 1 applicant and are invited to interview, you will be notified via email by 11:59 pm (ET) on November 10, 2020. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Interview Locations and Dates

Interview Type Dates
On-campus in Durham, NC

Dec. 1 - 8, 2020

Via video-conference TBD

Interview Notification

If you are a Round 2 applicant and you are invited to interview, you will be notified via email by 11:59 pm (ET) on February 2, 2021. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Interview Locations and Dates

Interview Type Dates
On-campus in Durham, NC Feb. 15 - Mar. 2, 2021
Via video-conference TBD

Interview Notification

If you are a Round 3 applicant and are invited to interview, you will be notified via email by 11:59 pm (ET) on April 8, 2021. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Interview Dates

We are excited to offer on-campus interviews for Round 3 applicants who have selected Durham, NC as their preferred interview option. Interviews will be conducted April 15 - 20, 2021. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Candidates who applied to the Accelerated Daytime MBA program between July 2019 and May 2020 are considered re-applicants. You are eligible to interview in the new cycle; the same interview policies apply to you as to other applicants.

Since many applicants were and continue to be impacted by COVID19, we will offer the ability to replicate or “clone” your application from the 2019-2020 application cycle. If you are reapplying, please contact our office via email at once the new application opens up, and request to have your data transferred over.

When re-applying you are required to complete:

  • Short-answer questions
  • Standard application essay
  • Plus, a special re-application essay question

Re-applicant essay question

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?

Guidelines for your re-application essay:

  • No more than two pages
  • 1.5-line spacing
  • Font size no smaller than 10-point

Make sure you address any gaps in your application and show your progress.

You can access the re-applicant essay in the online application.


Re-applicants must submit one new letter of recommendation, rather than the two required for first-time applicants.

GMAT, GRE, and EA Scores

Re-applicants do not need to resend official GMAT, GRE, or EA scores to us unless the scores have expired. We will accept scores up to 5 years old.

All applicants are required to complete the core set of application materials; however, non-U.S. applicants have additional application requirements and instructions, which are described below.

Application timing for international students

You are strongly encouraged to apply by the Round 2 deadline to ensure sufficient time for visa processing.

Transcripts and diplomas

Transcripts, diplomas, and academic records must be in English.

Transcripts must include:

  • Your name and the name of the institution
  • Each course taken and the grade received
  • The degree received and date conferred

If your transcripts do not state the degree and date conferred, upload a copy of your diploma in addition to the transcript.

If your transcript is not in English, you must have it:

  • Translated
  • Attested
  • Uploaded in addition to the originals

Two options for sending transcripts:

Duke University
The Fuqua School of Business
Office of Admissions
100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120

English as a Second Language test scores

These scores are not required, but we encourage you to include valid scores that you may have available.

If you choose to report your test score to Fuqua, please follow the instructions below:

Submitting test scores:

Scores are valid for 2 years.

When requesting that your score be sent to Fuqua, use the following mailing address:

Office of Admissions
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Use Duke program code 5156.

Registration and score reporting information

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Fuqua accepts the academic modules of the IELTS.

Registration and score reporting information

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Please select the program specific code listed on your PTE exam.

Registration and score reporting information

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