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You’ll find the MMS: Foundations of Business program offers you a competitive skill-set for your entry into the business world.  Acceptance is based on the ability to excel academically and in the business community.

We offer two Master of Management Studies degrees—MMS: Foundations of Business and MMS: Duke Kunshan University.   You can only apply to one of these programs in an application year, and you cannot switch programs while you are a student, so we encourage you to understand which program best fits your interests and goals before you apply.

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Our MMS Assistant Director, Dasha Menafee, is standing by to help you understand which program might be right for you and answer your questions as you go through our admissions process.

Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business Deadlines


Application Deadline

Interview Decision Sent

Decision Release

Deposit Deadline

Round 1

Oct. 19, 2022

Nov. 14, 2022

Dec. 7, 2022

Jan. 26, 2023

Round 2

Jan. 18, 2023

Feb. 9, 2023

Mar. 9, 2023

Apr. 12, 2023

Round 3

Mar. 8, 2023

Apr. 3, 2023

Apr. 27, 2023

May 18, 2023

Round 4

Apr. 19, 2023

May 4, 2023

May 25, 2023

Jun. 9, 2023

Round 5

May 17, 2023

May 30, 2023

Jun. 13, 2023

Jun. 20, 2023

* International MMS applicants should apply in Round 1 or 2 for visa processing reasons.
** International MMS applicants currently on student visas in the U.S. should apply by Round 3.
***MMS official transcript deadline is July 1 with degree conferred.


If you are:

Looking for a merit-based scholarship: We encourage students to apply early for the best chance of receiving merit-based scholarships; however, we will still make awards to deserving candidates in every admission round.

Reapplying: You are strongly encouraged to apply by the Round 2 deadline.


MMS: Foundations of Business Round 5 Deadline

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Before you apply...

1. Complete all application components.

2. Make sure your references have been notified.

3. Polish your essays.

4. Submit your best test scores.

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  1. Research Us

    Decide if we're a good fit

  2. Plan Ahead

    Contact recommenders, prep for GMAT/GRE

  3. Work on Application

    Create resume, draft essays

  4. Submit Best Application

    Share your story and goals

  5. Interview

    By invitation on campus or via video-conference

  6. Receive a Decision


Selection Criteria

A good match is important from both sides—yours and ours—so we take a holistic approach to considering each candidate. All the components of your application give you the chance to demonstrate your strengths and your fit with Fuqua. You’ll be considered a strong applicant if:

  • We’re confident you will be successful in our program
  • You’ll add value to your peers and to Fuqua through your academic, personal, and professional experiences
  • You believe diversity in thought and background are important within your community
  • You demonstrate competence, character, and purpose and have strong potential to be a leader who is a positive force for change

Although not required for admission, any prior work experience you’ve had helps us understand how you have developed leadership and teamwork skills, as well as maturity, on both professional and personal levels.

  • There is no minimum work experience required for this program.
  • Any paid or unpaid work experience will be considered, including volunteer positions, part-time work, student clubs and activities, and internships.
  • You should have no more than 2 years of full-time, post-graduate work experience.
  • In your application, show us how your previous experiences will contribute to the Fuqua learning environment.

The MMS: Foundations of Business program is rigorous and fast-paced, requiring strong quantitative and analytical skills. Fuqua values differences and unique points of view, so we admit applicants with:

  • Various undergraduate degrees and professional backgrounds
  • A range of GPAs and test scores

Because the MMS: FOB academic environment requires strong quantitative and analytical skills, the admissions committee pays particular attention to the quantitative segment of your test score to ensure you can handle the rigor of the program.

If you do not have a strong quantitative background, we recommend that you take courses such as statistics, calculus, or finance to show your quantitative aptitude.

English Language Proficiency: English as a Second Language test scores are no longer accepted. Fuqua does not require scores for English tests; however, in the past we have allowed applicants to submit ESL scores at their discretion, which at times can slow the application verification process. To alleviate this potential delay, we will no longer be accepting ESL test scores, even as an optional material submission. We will continue to utilize all other aspects of the application – other standardized tests, essays, undergraduate record, recommendation, and the interview – to evaluate English language skills.

Your resume, application essays, recommendation, and interview are what weave fit, passion, and impact together into your "story." No one part is more important than the other, so give each one your best. And most importantly, just be you.


You must include a current 1-page professional resume. Please start with your current position and include employment information (full and part-time) and relevant volunteer work, internships, or student club or organization positions. Your education section should show dates of attendance and degrees received.


Your essays allow us to get to know you as a person—what drives you and inspires you. You have the chance here to fill in any gaps or provide extra details on key areas of your application.


Recommendations provide a third-party perspective on your ability to succeed at Fuqua. 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, you may submit a recommendation from someone who knows you through school and can speak to your performance in an academic setting. Please clarify if you select this option in the Optional Essay. You may not submit more than one recommendation. Prepare your recommender so they represent you well and showcase aspects of you that are not reflected in other areas of the application.


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 video-conference; North Carolina residents may have the opportunity to interview on campus by invitation. Both formats carry equal weight in the admissions process. Interviews are conducted with individual applicants by staff, alumni, or select second-year MBA students.

During your interview, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Show us your interpersonal skills
  • Discuss your educational background and personal interests
  • Demonstrate how you and Fuqua are a good fit


Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ page for answers to our most frequently asked questions for the MMS: Foundations of Business program. You can also reference our MMS: FOB student blog to learn more about student life at Fuqua.

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