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Below, you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions for our Global Executive MBA program. You can also reference our Global Executive MBA student blog to hear students’ perspectives on international residencies, maintaining work-life balance, and more.

Do you offer a waiver of the application fee?

Yes, you may qualify for a waiver if you meet certain criteria. Please visit Application Instructions to learn more about the qualifications and procedure for receiving a waiver.

I own my own business. Am I eligible for the program?

As long as you are working, you are eligible for the program. Students participating in the Global Executive program must be employed on a full-time basis.

What should I know about GMAT/GRE/EA test scores?

There is no minimum score requirement—we admit applicants with a range of test scores. However, if you believe your score does not accurately represent your abilities, you can retake the GMAT/GRE/EA prior to submitting your application. If you submit multiple scores, you must indicate on your application which score you would like us to use.

GMAT/GRE/EA scores are important, but they are not the only indicator of achievement. Other important aspects of your application include:

  • Your academic performance and/or business history
  • Work experience
  • Community involvement
  • Leadership experience
  • Recommendations
  • Essays
  • Interview

GMAT/GRE/EA waivers are offered on a case-by-case basis for candidates with a strong academic background in quantitative subjects and for whom the tests would not be a useful predictor of success in the program. Contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Submitting your application and test scores:

  • GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date the exam is taken. We will accept EA scores up to 5 years old.
  • We can update your application with unofficial scores.
  • Please arrange to have your test scores sent to us as soon as they become available, and plan testing dates so that there is sufficient time for test score processing. You will be required to request an official GMAT or GRE score report to be sent directly to the Admissions Office prior to the start of your program.

What is your policy on deferred admission?

If circumstances prevent you from enrolling, you may request a deferral by writing to the Director of Recruitment for Executive and Working Professional MBA Programs outlining all details surrounding the request. Requests for deferral will only be considered for students who have already submitted their tuition deposit.

If a deferral is granted, you are required to pay a non-refundable deferral fee of 1,000 USD. This fee will be credited toward tuition upon matriculation. If a scholarship is awarded in the year the applicant applies, this award is not guaranteed for matriculation the following year. Scholarship awards will be re-evaluated during the admissions cycle prior to matriculation.

Is an interview required?

Yes—your application is not complete without an interview. Interviews can be scheduled at any time in the application process, are conducted in English, and are best scheduled at your earliest convenience, as slots fill quickly. If you are unable to meet with us in person, you can arrange for a phone or Skype interview.

What if I have to cancel or reschedule my interview?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your interview, please do so using our online scheduling system. For cancellations within 48 hours of your visit, or should unexpected circumstances prevent you from completing a scheduled interview, contact us immediately at +1.919.660.7705 or admissions-info@fuqua.duke.edu.

Is a campus visit required?

A campus visit is not required for the Global Executive MBA program. If you are able to come to our Durham campus, we hope you will schedule your visit when we host an Open House for working professionals, where you will have a chance to attend a class, tour the Fuqua and J.B. Duke Hotel facilities and meet our faculty and staff.

How are Fuqua merit scholarship awards determined?

Every admitted applicant is considered for merit scholarships. The selection criteria include:

  • Prior academic achievement
  • Distinct perspective
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Community involvement
  • Potential impact on Fuqua community and other organizations
  • Professional accomplishments

These awards are limited, do not cover the full cost of tuition and expenses, and are made independently of determining a student’s eligibility for student loans. Additionally, applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships only while funds are available, so we encourage you to apply early.

Is it possible to borrow funds to meet the costs of attending Fuqua?

A variety of student loan programs are available to both domestic and international students.

You are eligible to apply for a combination of:

  • Federal student loans
  • Private alternative student loans

For international students, the Global Executive program has loan programs available that cover up to 80% of the cost of attendance; no U.S. cosigner is required.

At our Financing Your Degree page, you can learn more about scholarship and financial aid options, including:

  • Domestic and international student loans
  • Loan eligibility
  • The loan application processes
  • Scholarship information
  • Financial aid for U.S. military veterans

How will I know if my FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) has been sent to Fuqua Financial Aid?

Approximately 1 week after you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which will indicate the receipt and initial processing of your application.

  • Our financial aid office receives an electronic copy of the SAR, and the FAFSA data for admitted students is reviewed for accuracy and completeness.
  • If additional information is needed, you will receive a written request from Fuqua.
  • If no additional information is requested, you will receive a financial aid award notice.
  • Our financial aid office begins review of financial aid applications in March and sends out award notices on a rolling basis.

How do I go about getting corporate financial support?

Company policies vary, but if you email our admissions committee, we may be able to put you in touch with Duke students or alumni from your organization or industry to help discuss strategies for gaining corporate financial support.

Learn more about getting employer support.

As an international student, when should I apply for admission?

F1 Student Visa processing can take several months to complete, so it’s critical to apply by the Round 5 deadline to ensure that you’re able to join the program.

What type of visa will I need for U.S. residencies?

All international students traveling to Durham for the first, last, and optional concentration residencies will need an F-1 Student Visa. Duke will assist in obtaining the required I-20 form. The F-1 visa spans only 1 month; therefore, you cannot work in the U.S during or after the program. Learn more about student visas on the U.S. Department of State's website.

Duke does not issue visas for residencies outside the U.S. but will assist in providing paperwork that states why you need to be in the designated location for residencies.

Do I need to submit an English as a Foreign Language Test?

English as a Second Language test scores are not required, but we encourage you to include valid scores that you may have available.

What are the minimum requirements for the PTE, TOEFL, or IELTS, and how long are they valid?

There is no requirement to submit test scores, but if you choose to do so, please know that there is no minimum score. We admit applicants with a range of test scores.

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are valid for 2 years from the date the exam is taken.

Will you consider my application with a degree less than a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree?

Generally, we do accept international bachelor's degrees. Most of the degrees we see are for 4-year programs. Three-year degrees are fairly common in U.K.-based systems therefore, a 3-year degree from England, Scotland, Wales, or Australia is acceptable. In India, the bachelors of commerce degree is 3 years, and is usually considered the equivalent of a U.S. business degree.

Is financial aid available for international applicants?

Every admitted applicant is automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarships. There is no separate scholarship application. If you are awarded a Merit scholarship, notification will be included with the letter of admission. Funding is limited and will not be sufficient to cover all tuition.

We also offer a student loan for international students through Discover Bank, SouthEast Bank (Global Select MBA), and Prodigy Finance. These loans offer a very competitive rate and do NOT require a co-signer from the U.S.

For more information, please visit Financing Your Degree.

Do I need a new application, essays, and letters of recommendation?

Depending on when you applied, you may have to complete a new online application, including one new recommendation, an updated sponsorship letter, and an updated resume. Please email an admissions counselor or call +1.919.660.7705 before starting the admissions process again.

You may view your previous application by using your username and password from last year. However, you will need to create a new log-in and password to begin a new application.

Do re-applicants need to resend official test scores and official transcripts?

Re-applicants do not need to resend official GMAT/GRE scores to Fuqua, unless the scores have expired or you have retaken the tests and wish to have your new scores considered. We are now accepting Executive Assessment (EA) test scores as well.

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date the exam is taken. We will accept EA scores up to 5 years old. To update your scores, have the testing company send the official score report directly to our office. Once your official score is available, send an email to application-processing@fuqua.duke.edu to ask to have the score updated in your application.

I am a re-applicant and interviewed last year. Do I need to interview again?

Yes. Re-applicants need to follow the same interview policies as new applicants. What’s more, an interview is a great way to update the admissions committee on recent job promotions, personal achievements, and ways in which you are a stronger candidate this year.

What is the background verification process?

If you are admitted to Fuqua, Re Vera Services will verify your contact, employment, education, and recommender information, as listed in your application.

How it works:

  • You will receive an instructional email following your admission decision and after all your data has been transmitted to Re Vera for upload.
  • You do not need to take any action regarding verification until you receive this email.
  • The email will also include a due date by which the next steps must be initiated.
  • You will be asked to login to the Re Vera Services website, by the date assigned, e-sign a release form, and submit your full payment.

Cost:

  • 85.00 USD. You will be responsible for paying the fee directly to Re Vera Services via credit card.

The consequences for omission, falsification, misrepresentation, or failure to complete the required verification process may be grounds for blocked access to Duke facilities and course registration, automatic revocation of all offers of admission and financial assistance, or expulsion from Fuqua.

How long does it take to complete the process?

Re Vera Services will send a confirmation email once your payment and release form have been received. You may also expect to receive communication(s) from Re Vera Services regarding application materials, or if a discrepancy is found. Note: you may receive emails from several different people at Re Vera Services, as each individual specializes in a particular area of the process. Specify your preferred email address on your release form, and be on the lookout for emails that require your attention.

Each verification takes approximately 2-4 weeks, but the timeline could be longer depending on factors out of Re Vera’s control.

Most delays are due to slow response times from:

  • Recommenders
  • Employers
  • Academic institutions

It is possible that your verification may not be completed before program start due to such factors. This is not cause for concern, as we will continue with your verification until it is fully complete.

Once your background verification has been successfully completed, you will receive an official notification email from The Office of Admissions. Please DO NOT contact Re Vera Services or Fuqua to inquire about the status of your verification.

Do I need to alert my employer and recommenders?

Yes. Notify your current and past employers that Re Vera Services may contact them to confirm your employment information. It is also a good idea to inform your recommenders as well. Please see sample verbiage below.

Sample Verbiage: I have been accepted to the Global Executive MBA program, Class of 20XX, at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina. The Fuqua School of Business employs a third party vendor to conduct background verifications. The verification process is conducted to evaluate the accuracy of information included in my application. This is a standard part of the enrollment process. The Fuqua School of Business does not anticipate finding any inconsistencies between the information reported in my application and their investigative results. They fully expect all matriculates to join Fuqua as planned.

Employer: I would like to inform you that Re Vera Services may contact you in order to verify my employment. If Re Vera Services should contact an HR representative instead, please direct me to the appropriate HR resource by providing a name and phone number of the proper contact.

Recommender: I would like to inform you that Re Vera Services may contact you in order to verify your recommendation.

I am self-employed, or have been self-employed at some point in my career. What documents do I need to provide for the verification?

If you indicated a period of self-employment on your application, please be aware that your verification will not be complete until you forward corporate documents including (but not limited to) Articles of Incorporation noting state or place of incorporation. Send these documents to fuqua@reveraservices.com (PDF is preferred) or fax to +1.617.275.8641. Documents from foreign countries do not need to be translated, but please include the exact place of incorporation if not noted in your paperwork.

What should I do if my or my recommender's contact information has changed since I submitted my application?

For changes to your contact information, you will not have the option to update information via Re Vera Service's website. Any desired changes will need to be forwarded to Re Vera Services at fuqua@reveraservices.com. Please also copy the Office of Admissions at admitted@fuqua.duke.edu.

For changes to your recommender’s contact information, please relay this information to Stacey Goldberg at sgoldberg@reveraservices.com and include "The Fuqua School of Business - Recommender Update" in the subject of the email.

What if I made a mistake on my application? How can I fix it?

If you realize that a mistake was made in your application, please email Re Vera Services at fuqua@reveraservices.com. They will address the discrepancy with The Admissions Office and contact you if any further explanation is needed.

Minor discrepancies will not cause concern. Some examples are:

  • Mistakenly listing a graduation date instead of a degree granted date
  • An official job title that is slightly different from the working title submitted in the application
  • Employment start/end dates that are off by a few days

However, further investigation would be needed for more concerning discrepancies. One example would be a degree that was not granted by an institution reported in the application.

Any major discrepancy found will be shared with you so that a clarification can be provided. Any omission, falsification, or misrepresentation found in your application, including violations of GMAT, GRE, EA, or any ESL testing policies, is grounds for automatic revocation of all offers of admission and financial assistance, or expulsion from Fuqua.

I have additional questions that were not addressed in these FAQs.

First check the Frequently Asked Questions on Re Vera's website. You are welcome to contact Re Vera Services by phone +1.888.408.4384 or email with any questions or concerns. You may also connect with The Office of Admissions via phone +1.919.660.7705 or email.