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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, and such cases may include, but are not limited to:

  • A master’s degree, doctorate degree, or professional certification in a quantitative, business, legal, or healthcare 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.

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 video-conference 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, which is located in the intervew section of the application . 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, 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.

How does the waitlist work?

Waitlisted applications will be reviewed during admissions rounds subsequent to the round in which you originally applied. Please be sure to keep us informed of any changes to your contact information.

  • We are unable to share an exact number of people who are waitlisted. Candidates on the waitlist may be admitted or may choose to remove their names from the waitlist at any point in the process, so the number of candidates on the waitlist can vary.
  • Please be advised that the admissions committee has made a conscious decision to limit the number of applicants extended a place on the waitlist.

May I submit additional information for the admissions committee to consider?

Yes. During the coming months you may submit additional information that you feel will be helpful to the committee in consideration of your file. Brevity and relevance are important when determining what to submit to the admissions committee. It is not necessary to duplicate information already covered in your application. Please follow the instructions below to ensure your update/s is placed in your file.

  • Information on recent professional accomplishments – submit via the waitlist update form
  • Transcripts or details regarding recently completed coursework relevant to program success - submit via the waitlist update form
  • New unofficial test scores – submit via your student portal
  • Updated mailing address – submit via your student portal

All additional information, should be submitted via email to working-professionals@fuqua.duke.edu. If you have any inquiries regarding your status on the waitlist, call our office at +1.919.660.7705.

I have a question regarding the waitlist that has not been addressed by this information. What should I do?

Please feel free to contact our office via email at working-professionals@fuqua.duke.edu or by telephone at 1.919.660.7705 and ask to speak with an Executive MBA Admissions Officer. You may reach us during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm ET. We would be happy to speak with you and address any questions or concerns you have regarding your application status.

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