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We want you to submit your best possible application, so please read all the instructions on this page so that you’re familiar with our requirements and the process of applying. We appreciate your taking the time to ensure you are submitting a complete application package.  If you’re considering both of our Master of Management Studies (MMS) programs, please remember:

  • You may apply to only one of the two programs in a single application year.
  • You cannot switch programs while you are a student.

We encourage you to explore both programs—MMS: Foundations of Business and MMS: Duke Kunshan University—to learn which one is the best fit for your interests and goals.


  • You must have earned, or expect to earn, a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by the start of the program.
  • If you already have an MBA or its equivalent, you are not eligible.
  • If you have more than 2 years of full-time, post-graduate work experience contact our MMS Admissions counselor to review your eligibility.

The admissions committee can only review completed application packages. If you have questions after looking over the information on this page, please email our MMS Admissions counselor

    Online Application

    The online application includes sections on both personal and program information.

    Personal information needed:

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

    Application basics:

    • You’ll need to create a user ID and password to access the system.
    • You may access the application as many times as you like before submitting it.
    • Detailed application 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.
    • You may only apply to one admissions round in a given application year.
    • You cannot apply to both Master of Management Studies programs concurrently; contact our MMS Admissions counselor, to determine which program would be the best fit for you.

    Do your research

    To decide whether this program is right for you, we encourage you to assess your personal situation and goals, consider the specifics of the program, visit our campus or attend an admissions event if possible, and talk to family, friends, and mentors.

    Review the online application and deadlines. Consider important aspects of the timeline, including decision release dates and tuition deposit dates.


    Apply for the Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business program with our online application, ensuring that your application is complete and that it provides the admissions committee with a comprehensive understanding of your background, skills, talents, and goals.


    We do not offer open interviews for MMS candidates. Interviews will be extended by invitation after careful review of your application materials. Most interviews will occur via Skype; North Carolina residents may have the opportunity to interview on campus by invitation.

    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 devices.

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

    • A nonrefundable 2,000 USD tuition deposit, due by the deposit deadline for your admission round
    • Official test scores sent directly from the testing agency

    Visit Fuqua

    The best way to learn about Fuqua and the MMS program is by experiencing it firsthand. We encourage you to take part in our campus visit program and the Blue Devil Experience weekend for admitted students. Visiting campus will introduce you to the Durham area and help guide your transition—or give you valuable insights if you’re still making your decision.

    Access our incoming student website

    Shortly after you’re admitted, you’ll receive access to our incoming student website. This site includes a wealth of information about our community and expectations, helping to guide your decision.

    You’ll find information on next steps in the admissions process, along with all the information you’ll need to transition into your new academic life:

    • Program announcements
    • Technical and computer information
    • Assignments to prepare academically
    • Information about housing and living in Durham

    Apply for a visa (international students)

    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 no later than Round 2 to ensure that you’re able to join the program.

    If you are currently in the U.S. on a student visa for another program, contact our admissions office prior to making plans to leave the country or transferring your visa to ensure that the proper steps are taken to secure your new visa for the MMS: FOB program.

    Visa fast facts:

    • You must submit your tuition deposit to start the visa application process.
    • You’ll be emailed a link to the visa web form.
    • You must submit the form and all required documentation by the visa deadline that corresponds to your application round.
    • Your visa web form must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the program start date, or your offer of admission may be cancelled.
    Application Round Visa Deadline
    Round 1 Mar. 16, 2020
    Round 2 Apr. 20, 2020

    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:

    • Electronically to
    • 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 USA

    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 or once your degree is conferred.

    The admissions committee wants to learn more about your personal and professional motivations. To help us get to know you better, 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 carefully, 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 Fuqua Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admissions process.

    Required Short Answer Questions


    Answer all three questions. Respond in 500 characters at most (the equivalent of about 100 words per question).

    1. Why are you pursuing the MMS degree at this stage in your professional development?
    2. What are your immediate career goals after completing the MMS program?
    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 immediate goals that you provided above not materialize, what alternative directions have you considered?

    Required Essay 1


    Present your response in list form, numbered from 1-25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed two pages.

    Question: The "Team Fuqua" spirit and community is one of the things that set the Fuqua experience apart, and it is a concept that 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 to 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 and dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are.

    Required Essay 2


    Respond in 350 words at most.

    Option 1 Question:

    For our MMS: Foundations of Business class, the admissions team is looking for students who are eager to engage with, and learn from, their classmates. This learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom, as extracurricular engagement is an important part of the MMS experience. Describe how you would plan to be engaged outside of the classroom and how your unique perspective, experiences, and passions will add to the MMS community.


    Optional Essay

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

    Re-Applicant Essay


    An additional essay is required for re-applicants. Respond to the following in no more than two pages:

    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?

    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 should include:

    • Full-time or part-time employment
    • Volunteer work
    • Internships
    • Education

    One letter of recommendation is required and should come from someone who knows you in a professional context, such as a supervisor at an internship or place of employment. If you are unable to provide a professional recommendation, please clarify in the Optional Information section. You may also choose to submit an additional recommendation from someone who knows you through school and can speak to your performance in an academic setting.

    Other recommendation guidelines:

    • Use your recommenders’ work email addresses, rather than their personal accounts, like Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and so on.
    • Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged.

    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.

    GMAT and GRE details:

    • There is no minimum test score requirement.
    • We will accept scores up to 5 years old.
    • GMAT scores take approximately 3 weeks to reach the admissions office.
    • GRE scores take 4-6 weeks to reach the admissions office.

    Admission system test codes:

    • GMAT: Duke program code Q13-N5-19
    • 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 


    A 125 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:

    Before submitting your application, you register for and attend a recruiting event. Attend an admissions event, and in the online application 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.)

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

    You receive Fuqua admissions committee approval. In your application, include the reason for your waiver request, the name of the committee member granting approval, and the date the request was granted.

    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, 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. 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.

    We do not offer open interviews for MMS candidates. Interviews will be extended by invitation after careful review of your application materials. Most interviews will occur via Skype; North Carolina residents may have the opportunity to interview on campus by invitation. Both formats are given equal weight in the admissions process.

    Interviews are conducted by Fuqua staff, alumni, or select students who will ask you a variety of questions about your educational background and personal interests. At the conclusion, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

    On-campus interview fast facts:
    • Interviews are only available to North Carolina residents who are invited to interview.
    • Interviews are conducted in English and generally last 30–45 minutes.
    • Select a time that lets you participate in other campus visit activities.
    • Appropriate attire is business casual.
    • Arrive 20 minutes prior for parking and check-in.
    • Bring a one-page resume to the interview.
    • Interviewers will have a copy of your resume, but no other portion of your application file.
    Skype interview fast facts:
    • Most applicants will interview via Skype, as on-campus interviews are only available to invited North Carolina residents.
    • Interviews will include video when possible.
    • Appropriate attire is business casual.

    If you applied to the MMS program in a previous year, you are eligible to reapply. You will need 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/submit:

    • A new, full online application (make sure you address any gaps in your application and that you show progress)
    • Short-answer questions
    • Standard application essays
    • A special re-application essay 

    Re-applicants do not need to resend official GMAT, GRE,  PTE, IELTS, and/or TOEFL scores to us unless your previous scores have expired. 

    All applicants are required to complete the core set of application materials; however, non-U.S. applicants have additional application requirements and instructions.

    Application timing for international students

    International students must apply by the Round 2 deadline if they:
    • Require an F-1 visa
    • Are not already studying in the U.S.
    • Are not eligible for a transfer

    Admitted students in Round 2 need to start the visa application process quickly to ensure it’s received before the program start date.

    Transcripts and diplomas

    Transcripts, diplomas, and academic records must be in English and certified by an appropriate university official.

    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
    Two options for sending transcripts:
    • Electronically to
    • 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 USA

    English as a Second Language test scores

    Applicants for whom English is a second language are encouraged to submit a score from an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE), but these scores are not required to complete your application.

    If you choose to report your test score to Fuqua, please follow the below instructions:

    Submitting test scores:

    Scores are valid for 2 years.

    When requesting that your score be sent to Fuqua, use the following mailing address:

    Office of Admissions
    Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
    100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
    Durham, NC 27708-0120 USA

    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)

    Please select the program specific code listed on your PTE exam.
    Registration and score reporting information 

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