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We want you to submit your best possible application to the Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics program—the one that most fully conveys your background, qualifications, and ambitions. Please read all of the instructions on this page so that you're familiar with our requirements and the process of applying. We appreciate your time and care in making sure your application is complete, as the Admissions Committee can only review completed application packages. If you have questions after looking over the information here, please contact the admissions office.


To be considered for the Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have earned a master’s degree in business, such as those listed below, from an accredited graduate business school:
    • A Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree from The Fuqua School of Business
    • A Master in Management (MiM) degree from an accredited graduate business school
    • A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from an accredited graduate business school
  • You must have completed the required business coursework in your prior graduate business studies:
    • Graduate-level business coursework required for eligibility includes:
      • Managerial Economics
      • Financial Accounting
      • Probability/Statistics
      • Strategy
      • Financial Management/Finance
      • Marketing
      • Management
      • Operations Management
  • You will need to list the specific quantitative courses taken in your qualifying business master’s program, and provide your grades for each quantitative course. You will not need to list every business course.

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

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Personal information needed:

  • Educational background
  • Transcripts
  • Employment history
    • This program requires 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

Application basics:

  • You’ll need to create a user ID and password 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.
  • You may only apply to one admissions round in a given application year.

Do your research

To decide whether this program is right for you, assess your personal situation and goals, learn the specifics of the program, attend an information session and talk to family, friends, and mentors. You can also start a conversation by emailing an admissions consultant.

Submit your application

Ensure that your application is complete, including your resume, essays, letter of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, and application fee. Make sure your application provides the admissions committee with a comprehensive understanding of your background, skills, talents, and goals. You can view your application status by logging into your student portal.

The 2020-2021 application will be available in mid-September.


All candidates must have an official interview to complete their application. Schedule your interview using our online interview system. For applicants applying in the last admissions round, your interview must be completed before the deadline date.

Receive a decision

You will be notified of your admission decision via email 2–4 weeks after you submit your application.

To reserve your place in the class, you must submit the following by the deadline specified in your admission notification:

  • A nonrefundable tuition deposit of 2,000 USD. Your deposit can be made by credit card, check, e-check, or money order. Please plan accordingly so you do not miss the deposit deadline
  • Hard copies of your official transcripts and translations (if not in English) from each college or university you attended
  • Official test scores sent directly from the testing agency unless you were granted a test score waiver

Your deposit can be made by credit card, check, e-check, or money order. Please plan accordingly so you do not miss the deposit deadline.

Access our incoming student website

After admission, you’ll receive access to our incoming student website. This site includes a wealth of information about our community and expectations, helping to guide your decision.

Here you’ll find information on next steps in the admissions process, along with all the information you’ll need to transition into your new academic life:

  • Program announcements
  • Travel/residency information
  • Technical and computer information
  • Academic assignments to prepare before the program launch


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 your grade/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 find  additional transcript guidelines for international students in your admission notification.

Two options for sending transcripts:

  • Electronically to (preferred method of receipt)
  • 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 USA

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 for verification from each college or university you have attended. The due date for official transcript(s) and translations (if not in English) 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.

The admissions committee wants to learn more about your personal and professional motivations. To help us get to know you better, you’ll need to provide your thoughts in one essay as part of your application.

Instructions for required essay:

Question: Please describe why the Duke Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics is a good fit for you, and how your academic and work experience have prepared you for the quantitative rigor of the program. You should include information about your experience with your current industry, with big data ordata analytics (including various tools you have used), with non-degree executive education programs, and with online learning, including coursework from Coursera, edX, or other providers.

  • Your response should be no more than 2,000 characters, the equivalent of about 250-350 words.
  • 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 carefully, fully, and concisely.
  • Responses must be completed before submitting your application.

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

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, or inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them here. Although we call this section “Optional Essay,” your explanation does not need to be essay-length and may only be a few sentences depending on the topic.

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

One letter of recommendation is required for the Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics program. Your recommender must complete the current recommendation forms associated with the online application—no other format of recommendation will be accepted.

Please choose one individual who can objectively evaluate your professional skills and abilities. Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged. Academic recommendations often provide a similar perspective to your transcript and are less helpful.

Submissions by email or mail are not accepted.

Other recommendation guidelines:

  • You are required to use the recommendation form that is within the online application.
  • If possible, use your recommender's work email address, rather than their personal accounts, like Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and so on.
  • Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged.
  • Academic recommendations often provide a similar perspective to your transcript and are less helpful.
  • Proprietors or principals of a company may provide a recommendation from a client, board member, or other professional colleague.

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.

Recommendation Waiver for Fuqua Graduates

If you graduated from the Fuqua School of Business within the last three years, please inquire about receiving a recommendation waiver.

Bonus recommendation from Fuqua students and alumni:

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

Endorsement Form

If one of these recommendations is sent on your behalf before you submit your online application, you will be eligible for an application fee waiver.

The Fuqua School of Business is now accepting the Executive Assessment (EA) for applicants to Duke’s online analytics programs. The Executive Assessment was developed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) in partnership with leading business schools from around the world to evaluate the business school readiness of working professionals. The assessment is easy to schedule, short in duration, and requires only modest preparation.

During the assessment, you will be measured on the skills that are critical both at work and in a business analytics program such as higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Based on your results, you can work to sharpen your skills before your program begins.

You must take either the GMAT, GRE, or EA prior to your submitting your application.

GMAT/GRE waivers are offered on a case-by-case basis, and such cases may include, but are not limited to:

  • A master’s degree in a quantitative business discipline
  • A minimum of ten years of professional experience in a quantitative position

To be considered for the standardized test waiver, you must begin an application to your program of interest and submit the test waiver request form, which is located in the test scores section. Highlight aspects of your current work or background you feel are relevant to the Admissions Committee’s consideration of your waiver request. In addition, you will need to upload your resume and transcripts from all degree-granting institutions.

GMAT and GRE details:

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.

  • There is no minimum test score requirement.
  • We will accept scores up to 5 years old.
  • Schedule a test date at least 3 weeks in advance of your application submission.

Only if you're admitted will you be required to have your official GMAT, GRE, or EA scores sent to The Fuqua School of Business directly from the testing administrator.


Admission system test codes:

GMAT: Duke program code Q13-N5-99

GRE: Duke program code 5156, and the 4201 Business Administration and Management Department name

Need more help?

Information on registering and sending GMAT 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) of any nation. Both voluntary and 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, the name of the committee member granting approval, and the date the request was granted.

Before submitting your application, you register for and attend a recruiting event. Attend an admissions event, and in the online application indicate the event type, location, and month of attendance in your online application.

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

You obtain an endorsement from a current Fuqua student or alumnus/alumna. Current Fuqua students must complete the online peer endorsement form, while Fuqua alumni must complete the alumni endorsement form. In your application, include your endorser’s name, program (Daytime, Cross Continent, Weekend Executive, Global Executive, Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business, Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University, Master of Quantitative Management: Business Analytics, or Master of Science 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 Pride Weekend
  • The Duke MBA Veterans Symposium

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.

Allow a minimum of 2 business days for the admissions office to process your application fee waiver. You will receive a fee waiver confirmation via email when your waiver is activated.

An official interview is required, and your application isn’t complete without one. Interviewers will have a copy of your resume, but no other component of your application.

Interview fast facts:

  • Interviews can take place at any point in the application process.
  • Slots fill quickly, so schedule one at your earliest convenience.
  • Interviews are either in person at the Fuqua campus in Durham, NC, by phone, or by video-conference.
  • Interviews are conducted by an admissions officer, are conducted in English, and typically last 30 minutes to an hour.
  • If applying in the last round, your interview must be complete before the final admissions deadline.

Your interviewer will ask you a variety of questions about your educational background, work experience, and personal interests. At the conclusion, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

In service to reapplicants, we offer the ability to replicate or "clone" your application from the 2020-2021 application cycle. If you are reapplying, please create your 2022 application and submit the Reapplicant Request form from the Application Instructions section, to request that your prior year data be transferred over to your new application. You will receive a confirmation email once this process is complete, and can edit all or part of your application after it has been cloned.

The Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics program is open to international students. All students will need to be present on the Duke University campus September 4-6, 2020 for the mandatory program orientation and team-building activities. Because there are no academic classes during that period, no F-1 student visa is required. It is the sole responsibility of every international student to arrange for their own entry to the US.

Transcripts and diplomas

Transcripts, diplomas, and academic records must be in English and certified by an appropriate university official.

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 USA

English as a Second Language test scores

Fuqua does not accept ESL test scores.  We will use other aspects of your application to assess language proficiency. 

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