Frequently Asked Questions




General

Why should I get my MBA and continue working? How do I fit this program into my life?  

The format of the Cross Continent program was created to suit the lifestyle of the busy professional with both business and personal commitments; the Cross Continent program can be done from anywhere in the world. The program is designed for those who want to enhance their career path within their existing company and for those who would like to change their industry and/or function.

The program requires some prioritizing in your life. When deciding to apply to the program, you need to make sure that those around you — your significant other, family, and co-workers — understand the commitment you're making and support your undertaking. Every student handles the workload differently; some do all homework on the weekends, while others set a couple of hours aside each night. The important point is that you need to find a routine that works for you and for your team and stick with it.

Can I speak with a current student or alumnus to hear first-hand about the Cross Continent program?  

Yes. Connect with the admissions counselor who will be happy to connect you with a student or alumnus.

Admissions

What is the average GMAT score? 
We admit applicants with a range of test scores. There is no minimum requirement. However, if you feel that you have not scored your personal best, or that the results are not representative of your ability, you may re-take the exam. As a guide, about 80% of GMAT scores for the Cross Continent program range from 540 - 720.
I own my own business. As a self-sponsored student, am I eligible for your program? 
As long as you are working, you are eligible for the program. Students participating in the Cross Continent program must be employed on a full-time basis.
What “type” of student are you looking for? 

Duke is not looking for any one type of applicant. We want to create a diverse class with individuals who can add to the learning experience. In general, applicants to The Duke MBA Cross Continent program are high-potential professionals who are on the fast track in their organizations with:

  • At least three years professional work experience
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent 
  • High English proficiency 
  • A clear understanding of the commitment required to succeed in the Cross Continent program
How do you rank undergraduate transcripts?  
We look quite closely at undergraduate transcripts and examine the quality of the institution, the overall performance, and strong performance in any relevant quantitative and business courses, including calculus, macro and micro economics, statistics, finance, and accounting.
How do you assess my quantitative skills in the admissions decision process?  
The admissions committee will look closely at your performance at the undergraduate level and in any graduate work you have done, particularly quantitative courses. Also, the committee will consider your career history and the types of quantitative work to which you have been exposed.
Is an interview required?  

Yes. An interview is required for all applicants. Your application is not complete without the interview. Your interview can be scheduled at any point in the application process. If you are unable to meet with us in-person, you may schedule a telephone interview

Visit the Interviews and Open Houses page for details. 

International Students

What kind of visa will I need for the residencies? Will Duke help me with the visa application?  

All international students travelling to Durham will need an F-1 student visa. If you already are lawfully present in the U.S. (e.g., H1-B, J-2, PR Applicants, etc.), you will need to complete the web form. Your current visa status will not be affected, but all non-immigrant visa holders are required to register their presence on campus. If you are a Green Card holder you are required to present your "Green Card" at Registration, so be sure to bring the original document to campus. Duke will assist students in obtaining the I-20 form which will be required for the student visas.

Duke does not issue visas for residencies outside of the U.S. We assist in providing the paperwork explaining why you need to be in the designated location for the residencies. Contact the admissions team for further guidance by emailing crosscontinent-mba-info@fuqua.duke.edu or calling +1.919.660.7705.

After graduating from the program, can international students get a one-year practical training permit to work in the United States?  
No. The Duke MBACross Continent program is a career enhancement program. It is designed for those who seek a career with an international focus and for those who are being groomed for higher level positions within their current organization. Students in the Cross Continent program continue working full-time while obtaining their MBA.
Does Duke provide financial aid to international students?  
The Duke MBA offers an international student loan program through Coastal Federal Credit Union that does not require a U.S. cosigner. To learn more about this program, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Financial

Do I have to have corporate sponsorship to be admitted to the Cross Continent?  
There are two types of corporate support. One is support for the endeavor itself and the other is financial. Your company must endorse your involvement in the program by allowing the time off necessary to attend the six residencies and by being flexible about the additional commitment you've made in your daily life. It is not necessary to obtain financial support. As part of the application process, you must have a written agreement from your organization stating its willingness to let you be away from the office for the required period of time. How to categorize that time off (e.g., vacation, paid time off) is a decision that is left to you and your employer.
How do I go about getting corporate financial support?  
Policies vary among companies in terms of how they view educational benefits. Representatives from Fuqua are available to discuss strategies for gaining corporate sponsorship within your organization (view a sample letter of support). We see the Cross Continent program as a partnership among the student, the organization, and Fuqua, so we are eager to see that you have all the information you need to garner adequate support from your organization.  
What if I don’t receive corporate financial support? Are scholarships available?  

Scholarship funds from Fuqua for up to full tuition are available. If you are interested in being considered for merit-based scholarship awards, you must submit the scholarship essay within the online application.

Additionally, students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for federal loans. A separate loan program is available for international students which covers up to 90% of the cost of attendance without a U.S. cosigner.

Fuqua has a financial aid office that can assist you with the loan process.

How will I be billed for the program fees and do you offer special payment plans?  
If you are admitted to the program, a non-refundable $6,000 deposit will be due in three weeks from the date of admission. The remaining balance will be divided into 6 separate installments, due prior to each term.
What is NOT included in the tuition?  
Travel to and from the residencies, your laptop computer, visas, vaccinations (if necessary), incidental costs at each residency (e.g., phone calls, laundry, souvenirs), local Internet service provider costs during the distance portion of the program are not included in the program fee.

Academic

How many students are self-sponsored?  
Sponsorship levels vary within the program. Some students receive full corporate sponsorship while others receive approval for time off only to participate in on-campus residencies.
Is The Duke MBA—Cross Continent degree the same as those of the other Duke MBA programs?  
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business offers four MBA programs, each with a different format. The same Duke MBA degree is awarded upon completing program requirements.
Can I take electives offered under the Daytime program?  
Students participating in The Duke MBA—Cross Continent program complete five terms, consisting of core courses (Financial Accounting, Managerial Effectiveness, Managerial Economics, Decision Models, Statistics, Finance, Marketing, Operations Management, Managerial Accounting, and Strategy). In addition, two courses on Global Leadership and Global Cultures run through the first five terms. The last term consists of four elective courses. Upon completion of the MBA, all Fuqua alumni have the option to take up to two elective courses within three years of graduation, subject to space and availability.
Do I need to be fluent in English to take the program?  
Yes, all courses will be taught in English. Non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS, examinations to demonstrate English language competence.
How accessible are the faculty online?  
Faculty members are easily accessible during on-campus residencies but also take an active role during the Internet-mediated portion of the program. They offer weekly virtual class sessions, and monitor the bulletin boards with regularity, and are available for individual consultation via email or phone. You can expect that, on average, faculty will respond within 24 hours.
What is the purpose of having residencies?  
Residencies allow for close interaction with faculty, about 6 - 8 hours per day, as well as highly interactive work with team members and contact with the program staff. Students learn to think on their feet and to benefit from the team building and communication building, which is endemic to a face-to-face environment. Residencies help prepare you for the Internet-mediated portion of the program in addition to assisting in the understanding of the regions of the world and integration into the learning experience.
How do professors teach in the distance portion of the program?  
Whether teaching in the residency portion or the distance portion, each professor chooses communication modalities that best enhance the subject matter. In distance, some professors provide lectures via streaming audio or video, CD-ROM, and weekly virtual class sessions. Others create customized workshops and tools so that students can learn and apply specialized concepts. All faculty members use both discussion boards and virtual classrooms to provide guidance in the learning experience and to foster peer-to-peer learning.
Can group or individual projects be done that are directly related to the sponsoring company?  
After the completion of electives, students can choose to embark upon special projects to work on issues facing their companies.
Do I have to attend all the residencies?  
Yes, attendance at all residencies is mandatory. Also, please note that Orientation is mandatory as it is part of the Term 1 residency.

Technology

Will I be required to have a laptop or any special software?  
Every student in the program needs a reliable computer as well as a stable internet service provider (ISP). These technology tools are essential for completing the program requirements. Once you are accepted to the program, you will receive more details about computer requirements.
How good/reliable does my Internet access have to be? 
Most Cross Continent students have DSL or cable lines.
How technologically savvy do I need to be to succeed in Cross Continent?  
There is a wide range of computer skills among the Cross Continent students, but we recommend that you have some basic skills on the computer (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint) to succeed. Most students also are familiar with various Internet technologies, including the Web, e-mail, electronic bulletin boards, chat rooms, and messaging services.