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.

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

Online Application

Personal information needed:

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

Program information includes your choices for:

  • Preferred interview location
  • Dual degrees (if applicable)
  • Concentration or concentrations (not required)
  • Certificates or MSTeM Track (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 non-refundable 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. You can view your application status by logging into your student portal.

Interview

There are two types of interviews for admission to Fuqua: those done during the Open Interview Period, and interviews by invitation (which includes interviews conducted during our invitation-only diversity weekends). 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 12:00 pm ET on the decision date for the round in which you apply. 

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

  • Two non-refundable tuition deposits, one following the round in which you were admitted, and a second in June prior to the start of the program 
  • Official test scores sent directly from the testing agency
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the institution/s you attended

Your non-refundable deposits 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 deadlines.

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, either in person or virtually, 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. 

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 student portal 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 on time.

Application Requirements

Legible, scanned copies of all unofficial 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 transcripts@fuqua.duke.edu
  • 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 and two longer essay questions 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 as this will cause the essay to be flagged for plagiarism.
  • 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 question

Instructions: Answer the following question in 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

The 'Team Fuqua' spirit and community is one of the things that sets the MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. Please share with us “25 Random Things” about you. The Admissions Committee wants to get to know YOU - beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. Share with us important life experiences, your hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are.

 Your list will be limited to 2 pages (750 words maximum). Please present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be brief, while others may be longer.

Second required essay: The Fuqua community and you

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 to the development of leaders. Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, what are 3 ways you expect to contribute at Fuqua?

 Your response will be limited to 1 page (500 words maximum).

Optional essay: Tell us more

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

 Your response will be limited to 1 page (500 words maximum).

Submit your required one-page 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

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

Re-applicants

  • Reapplicants may use the same recommendation letter provided from last year, and you will have the option to include it in your current application if you choose. You also have the option of submitting one or two new letters of recommendation if you wish. 

Other recommendation guidelines

  • You are required to use the recommendation forms that are within the online application.
  • 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 one required recommendation, 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 Executive Assessment (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.

Both GMAC and ETS, the administrators of the GMAT/EA and GRE tests, respectively, continue to offer the option to take these tests from a home environment. We accept both test formats. 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
 

Fee

A 225 USD non-refundable 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 three years) of any nation. 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.

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

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 as 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, 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 Quantitative Management: Health Analytics) year of graduation (if known), and email address.

You attended one of four Diversity Events: 

  • Workshop for Minority Applicants
  • Women's Leadership Weekend
  • Pride Weekend
  • 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.

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. At this time, all interviews will be conducted virtually regardless of your location.

Interview Fast Facts:

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

Three ways to interview

1. During the Reapplicant Open Interview Period

Reapplicants are encouraged to interview during the Reapplicant Interview or Open Season Interview Periods. We know that re-applying maybe stressful and offer this first-come first serve opportunity for our reapplicants.

Virtual Reapplicant Open Interview Period Fast Facts:

When: August 9 – 20, 2021

Where: Virtually

2. 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, but you must have started an application and have completed the biographical information.

Virtual Open Interview Period Fast Facts:

When: August 23 - October 12, 2021
Where: Virtually

At this time, all interviews will be conducted virtually regardless of your location. If your interview is not conducted during the Open Interview Period, your interview will be scheduled by invitation only. Interviews during the Open Interview Period are on a first come, first served basis.

To learn more about Team Fuqua, we encourage you to also sign up for activities offered through our Virtual campus visit program.

3. Interview by invitation

If you do not interview 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 during the interview period that corresponds to your application round.

Interview by Invitation Fast Facts:

  • Interviews by invitation are held by application round virtually by staff, alumni, and Admissions Fellows (select second year MBA students).

Interview Process

At this time, all interviews will be conducted virtually regardless of your location. If your interview is not conducted during the Open Interview Period, your interview will be scheduled by invitation only. Interviews during the Open Interview Period are on a first come, first served basis. The Open Interview Period (August 23- October 12, 2021).

Virtual Interview Market Regions Date Range (invitation only)

September 23-28, 2021. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Interview Market Regions

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

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 8, 2021. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Virtual Interview Market Regions Date Range for Non-Hub Locations

November 10-27, 2021. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Hub Market Interview Regions and Dates

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

Virtual Interview Market Regions Date
Durham, NC

November 10-29, 2021

Shanghai TBD
San Francisco, CA TBD
Beijing TBD

 

Virtual Non-Hub Interview Market Regions

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

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, 2022. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Virtual Interview Market Regions Date Range for Both Hub and Non-Hub Locations

Interviews will be held for both hub and non-hub market regions February 4-22, 2022. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Hub Interview Market Regions and Dates

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

Virtual Interview Market Regions Date
Durham, NC Feb. 4-22, 2022
San Francisco, CA TBD
Beijing

TBD

Shanghai TBD

 

 

Non-Hub Interview Locations

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

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 7, 2022. The email is not viewable on mobile phones or other mobile devices.

Interview Date Range for Non-Hub Locations

April 11 - 19, 2022. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Virtual Interview Dates

Virtual interviews will be conducted April 11 - 19, 2022. Please mark your calendar accordingly and be prepared to interview during that time.

Virtual Hub Market Regions Dates

Virtual Interview Market Regions Date
Durham, NC Apr. 11 - 19, 2022
San Francisco, CA TBD
Beijing

TBD

Shanghai TBD

 

Candidates who applied to the Daytime MBA program between July 2020 and May 2021 are considered reapplicants. You are eligible to interview in the new cycle; the same interview policies apply to you as to other applicants. We do offer a Reapplicant Open Interview period, which is open only to reapplicants, from August 9 - 20, 2021. You are not required to interview during this time, but it is provided as a courtesy to reapplicants who wish to take advantage of the time. Interviews are valued equally no matter when conducted. 

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 submit the Reapplicant Request form to request that your data be transferred over to a new application. You can edit all or part of your application after it has been cloned. 

 

When re-applying you are required to submit:

  • Short-answer question
  • Standard application essays
  • Reapplicant essay question 
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One-page resume 
  • Valid standardized test score 
  • Online application form 

If you request to clone your application, all data submitted from the prior year will carry into your application. Cloning provides a starting point for your application, and you are encouraged to provide updates and edits as needed to your application information, work history, and essays, as well as to answer any questions that may be new to this year's application. Please make note that the second long essay question for 2021 - 2022 has a higher word count limit, and you are encouraged to take advantage of the additional space. 

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?

Your response will be limited to 1 page (500 words maximum).

Recommendations

Reapplicants may use the same recommendation letter provided from last year, and that letter will be included in the cloning process if you choose. You have the option of submitting one or two additional recommendation letters if you wish. 

GMAT, GRE, and EA Scores

Reapplicants do not need to resend official GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment scores to us unless the scores have expired since your last application. We will accept scores up to 5 years old.

Application fee waivers are available to reapplicants. 

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

The University Registrar, local U.S. Embassy/Consulate, or local Fulbright office/Education Advisor are appropriate sources to make and verify the transcript copy. If you are an international student whose university does not provide an English version of the transcript, you may submit a transcript from World Education Services (WES) in addition to your original language transcript from the university. 

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

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

If you are applying for the dual degree with the Nicholas School of the Environment (MBA/MEM), please note that ESL test scores are required to complete the MEM application.

Dual 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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