Help us get to know you better

We want you to submit your best possible application to the MSQM: Business Analytics program—the one that most fully conveys your background, qualifications, and ambitions. Please read all of the instructions on this page so that you’re familiar with our requirements and the process of applying. We appreciate your time and care in making sure your application is complete, as the Admissions Committee can only review completed applications. If you have questions about your application, please contact Admissions at msqm-businessanalytics-info@fuqua.duke.edu.

Eligibility 

  • You must have earned, or expect to earn, a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, economics, or an equivalent quantitative major by the start of the program. Your degree must be from an accredited college or university.
  • We are interested in your post-graduate work experience, either paid or unpaid, including volunteer positions, part-time work, and internships. Please include those in your work history. You may contact our MSQM: Business Analytics admissions counselor at msqm-businessanalytics-info@fuqua.duke.edu 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 MSQM: Business Analytics Admissions counselor.

Online Application

The Fuqua application is only available online, and it includes sections on both personal and program information.

Personal information needed:

  • Educational background
  • Transcripts
  • Employment history
  • Business resume
  • Self-reported test scores
  • Essay

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.

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. You can also start a conversation by emailing an admissions counselor at msqm-businessanalytics-info@fuqua.duke.edu.

Apply

Apply for the MSQM: Business Analytics program using 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. You can view your application status by logging into your student portal.

Online Application

Interview

We do not offer open interviews for MQM: Business Analytics 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.

Receive a decision

You will be notified via email 2–4 weeks after you submit your application. 

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

  • A nonrefundable 2,000 USD tuition deposit
  • Hard copies of your official transcripts and translations (if not in English) from each college or university you attended

Your deposit can be made by credit card, check, e-check, or money order. Please plan accordingly so you do not miss the deposit deadline.

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.

Here 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
  • Travel/residency information
  • Technical and computer information
  • Academic assignments to prepare before the program launch

Application Requirements

Legible, scanned copies of all transcripts are required for each college or university you have attended, even if a degree was not awarded.

When to submit copies of official transcripts

Official transcript(s) and translations (if not in English) from each college or university you attended must be received by the date specified in your admission notification.

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 transcripts@fuqua.duke.edu (preferred method of receipt)
  • 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.

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 one essay as part of your application.

Instructions for required essay:

Question: Please describe why the Duke MSQM: Business Analytics program is a good fit for you, and how your academic and work experience have prepared you for the quantitative rigor of the program. You should include information about your experience with your current industry, with data analytics (including various tools you have used), with non-degree executive education programs, and with online learning, including coursework from Coursera, edX or other providers.

  • Your response should be no more than 2,000 characters, the equivalent of about 250-350 words.
  • 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.
  • Responses must be completed before submitting your application.

All submissions are scanned using plagiarism detection software. Plagiarism is considered a cheating violation within the Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admission process.

Optional essay: Tell us more

If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, or inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in here. Although we call this section “Optional Essay,” your explanation does not need to be essay-length and may only be a few sentences depending on the topic.

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 Employment
  • Volunteer work
  • Internships
  • Part-time work experience
  • Education

One letter of recommendation is required for the MSQM: Business Analytics program. Your recommender must complete the current recommendation forms associated with the online application—no other format of recommendation will be accepted.

Please choose one individual who can objectively evaluate your professional skills and abilities. Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged. Academic recommendations often provide a similar perspective to your transcript and are less helpful.

Submissions by email or mail are not accepted.

Other recommendation guidelines:

  • You are required to use the recommendation forms that are within the online application.
  • 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.
  • Academic recommendations often provide a similar perspective to your transcript and are less helpful.
  • Proprietors or principals of a company may provide a recommendation from a client, board member, or other professional colleague.

The following questions are included on the recommendation form:

  • Describe the peer group to which you are comparing the applicant.
  • Comment on the applicant's interpersonal skills (effectiveness in establishing and maintaining relationships; working with peers, supervisors, and subordinates; willingness to work in a team environment).
  • What are the applicant's three primary talents or strengths? Please provide examples, if relevant.
  • In what areas does the applicant need improvement or growth? If you have had the opportunity to provide the applicant with constructive feedback, please provide specific examples and the applicant's response to it.
  • Please include additional comments you feel will be helpful to the Admissions Committee.

Bonus recommendation from Fuqua students and alumni:

In addition to the required recommendation, you may provide additional endorsements from our current students or alumni.

Endorsement Form

If one of these endorsements is sent on your behalf before you submit your online application, you will be eligible for an application fee waiver.

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.

For mid-career candidates with concerns about taking the GMAT, please contact the admissions office to discuss alternatives.

GMAT/GRE 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, or legal 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.

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, and GRE scores take 4-6 weeks to reach the admissions office. Therefore you should schedule a test date that is at least 3 weeks in advance of your application submission.

Admission system test codes:

GMAT: Duke program code Q13-N5-99

GRE: Duke program code 5156, and the 4201 Business Administration and Management Department name

Need more help?

Information on registering and sending GMAT scores
Information on registering and sending GRE scores

Fee

A 225 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:

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

Before submitting your application, 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.

  • Campus visit
  • Open house
  • Information session
  • Informational luncheon
  • Meet & greet
  • Multi-school information session
  • Virtual information session

You obtain an endorsement from a current Fuqua student or alumnus/alumna. Current Fuqua students must complete the online peer endorsement form, while Fuqua alumni must complete the alumni endorsement form. 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, Master of Quantitative Management: Business Analytics, and Master of Quantitative Management: Health Analytics), 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.

Allow a minimum of 2 business days for the admissions office to process your application fee waiver. You will receive a fee waiver confirmation via email when your waiver is activated.

We do not offer open interviews for MSQM: Business Analytics candidates. Interviews will be extended by invitation after careful review of your application materials. Most interviews will occur via video conferencing; 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.

Video interview fast facts:

  • Most applicants will interview via video conferencing, as on-campus interviews are only available to invited North Carolina residents.
  • Interviews will include video when possible.
  • Appropriate attire is business casual.

On-campus interview fast facts:

  • Interviews are conducted in English and generally last 30–45 minutes.
  • Interviews are only available to North Carolina residents who are invited to interview.
  • 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. 

The MSQM: Business Analytics program is open to international students. All students will need to be present on the Duke University campus September 4-6, 2020 for the mandatory program orientation and team-building activities. Since there are no academic classes during that period, no F-1 student visa is required. It is the sole responsibility of every international student to arrange for their own entry into the United States.

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:

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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