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 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.

Apply Online

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

Personal information needed:

  • Educational background
  • Transcripts
  • Employment history
  • Business resume
  • Activities and achievements
  • Self-reported test scores
  • Essays

Program information includes your choices for:

  • Preferred interview location
  • Joint degrees (if applicable)
  • Concentration or concentrations (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 deposits are 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, and application fee.

Interview

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. Please note that the decision notification email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

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

  • A nonrefundable tuition deposit
  • Official test scores sent directly from the testing agency

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

Visit Fuqua

The best way to learn about Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program is by experiencing it firsthand. We encourage you to take part in our campus visit program and Blue Devil Weekend (for admitted students). 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 a full-time MBA student at Duke. The site provides information on next steps in the admissions process and includes all the information you need to transition into your new academic life.

On the incoming student website you’ll find:

  • 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 Early Action, 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. 

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:

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

Official transcript(s) and translations (if applicable) from each college or university you attended must be received in conjunction with your tuition deposit at the designated deadline for your application round.

You’ll need to provide your thoughts on three short-answer questions 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 the Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admissions process.

Required short-answer essay questions

Instructions: Answer all three of the following questions. For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

  1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
  2. What are your long-term goals?
  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 short-term goals that you provided above not materialize, what alternative directions have you considered?

Long-form essays

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 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 two pages in length.

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, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community outside of 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 can 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.

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.

New applicants

  • Two letters of recommendation

Re-applicants

  • One new recommendation letter (not from a previous recommender)

Other recommendation guidelines

  • You are required to use the recommendation forms that are within the online application.
  • Use your recommenders' work email addresses rather than personal accounts like Gmail, which will be more closely monitored in our credential verification process.
  • 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 recommendation from Fuqua students and alumni

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

Alumni Recommendation
Peer Recommendation

If one of these recommendations is sent on your behalf at least 3 business days before you submit your online application, you will be eligible for an application fee waiver.

You must take either the GMAT or GRE prior to submitting your application. Self-reported scores are accepted with the application, and official score reports sent directly from the testing agency will be required after admission and before the program begins.

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.

Extra GMAT and GRE details

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

Admission system test codes

  • GMAT: 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 scores
Information on registering and sending GRE scores
 

Fee

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 U.S. military—active duty, active reserve, or honorably discharged/completed service (within 3 years). Only voluntary service is valid. Mandatory service may not be used 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.

You are a current member of the Forte Foundation, Posse Foundation, or Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

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 not considered qualifying events.)

  • 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. Current Fuqua students must complete the online peer recommendation form, while Fuqua alumni must complete the alumni recommendation form. In your application, include your recommender’s name, program (Daytime, Cross Continent, Weekend Executive, Global Executive, Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business, Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University, or Master of Quantitative Management) year of graduation (if known), and email address.

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. Choose the "fee waiver" option within your online application and follow the related instructions.
  4. Wait for your fee waiver confirmation email from the admissions office. This may take at least 2 business days to arrive.
  5. 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, an alumnus/a, or an admissions fellow (a second-year MBA student) will conduct your interview. Please think about choosing Durham, NC, as your interview location on the application. Visiting our campus is the best way to learn about the Fuqua 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.

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. Travel to Durham to complete an interview is required for some Early Action applicants.

Open Interview Period Fast Facts:

When: September 11 - October 5, 2017
Where: Durham, NC

Who is required to interview in Durham during the Open Interview Period?

Regardless of your citizenship, all Early Action applicants residing in the U.S. (except on the West Coast) must interview in Durham during the Open Interview Period.

If you live on the West Coast or outside of the U.S., 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 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.

Schedule your interview

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 occur in Durham as well as in locations around the world.

Interview Process

If you are invited to interview, you will be notified via email by midnight (ET) on September 26, 2017.

Specific location and date information will be included in the email. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices. Regardless of your citizenship, all Early Action applicants residing in the U.S. (except on the West Coast) are REQUIRED to travel to Durham, NC to interview during the Open Interview Period (Sept. 11–Oct. 5). If you live on the West Coast or outside of the U.S., you may interview in Durham during the Open Interview Period, but it is not a requirement.

Off-Campus Interview Date Range

October 7 - 8, 2017. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time).

Interview Locations

Bangkok
Beijing
Bogota
Brazil (multiple cities)
Buenos Aires
Durham, NC
India (multiple cities)
Lima
London
Madrid
Mexico (multiple cities)
Paris
Russia (multiple cities)
San Francisco, CA
Santiago
Seoul
Shanghai
Singapore
Taipei
Tel Aviv
Tokyo

Interview Notification

If you are a Round 1 applicant and are invited to interview, you will be notified via email by midnight (ET) on November 9, 2017. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Interview Date Range for Both Hub and Non-Hub Locations

November 27, 2017 - December 4, 2017. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Hub Interview Locations and Dates

In addition to interviews, hub cities include expanded activities, which may include alumni panels, admissions officer meet-and-greets, and receptions.

Hub Interview Location Date
Durham, NC November 27 - December 4, 2017
Beijing December 2, 2017
San Francisco, CA December 2, 2017
Shanghai December 3, 2017

 

Non-Hub Interview Locations

  • Bangkok
  • Bogota
  • Brazil (multiple cities)
  • Buenos Aires
  • India (multiple cities)
  • Lima
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Mexico (multiple cities)
  • Paris
  • Russia (multiple cities)
  • Santiago
  • Sao Paulo
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Taipei
  • Tel Aviv
  • Tokyo

Interview Notification

If you are a Round 2 applicant and you are invited to interview, you will be notified via email by midnight (ET) on January 30, 2018. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Interview Date Range for Both Hub and Non-Hub Locations

Interviews will be held in both hub and non-hub locations February 8 - 24, 2018. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Hub Interview Locations and Dates

In addition to interviews, hub cities include expanded activities, which may include alumni panels, admissions officer meet-and-greets, and receptions.

Hub Interview Location Date
Durham, NC February 8 - 24, 2018
San Francisco, CA February 17, 2018
Beijing February 17, 2018
Shanghai February 18, 2018

 

Non-Hub Interview Locations

  • Bangkok
  • Bogota
  • Brazil (multiple cities)
  • Buenos Aires
  • India (multiple cities)
  • Lima
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Mexico (multiple cities)
  • Paris
  • Russia (multiple cities)
  • Santiago
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Taipei
  • Tel Aviv
  • Tokyo

Interview Notification

If you are a Round 3 applicant and are invited to interview, you will be notified via email by midnight (ET) on April 11, 2018. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Interview Dates

All Round 3 interviews will be conducted via Skype. Interviews will be conducted April 14-19, 2018. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Candidates who applied to the Daytime MBA program between July 2016 and May 2017 are considered re-applicants. You are eligible to interview in the new cycle; the same interview policies apply to you as to other applicants.

When re-applying you are required to complete:

  • A new, full online application
  • 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.

Recommendations

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

GMAT and GRE Scores

Re-applicants do not need to resend official GMAT or GRE 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

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 below instructions:

Submitting test scores:

Scores are valid for 2 years.

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)

Use Fuqua program code Q13-N5-32.
Registration and score reporting information

Joint degree application instructions and timing vary by program. For the best guidance, please refer to the following links for more information:

JD/MBA
MPP/MBA
MEM/MBA or MF/MBA
MD/MBA

 

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