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Below, you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions for our Weekend Executive MBA program. You can also reference our Weekend Executive MBA student blog to hear students’ perspectives on 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 our Application Instructions page 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 Weekend Executive program must be employed on a full-time basis.

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

There is no minimum 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
  • 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:

  • An undergraduate degree in a STEM, business, or economic discipline with quantitative coursework 
  • Strong academic performance in a non-STEM/business/economics discipline
  • A masters or doctorate degree in a STEM or other quantitative discipline

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/GRE/EA scores are valid for 5 years from the date the exam is taken.
  • We cannot update your application with unofficial scores.
  • Your application will not be considered complete and will not be evaluated until your official scores are received from the testing company. 
  • 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 and receipt prior to the desired application deadline.

What is your policy on deferred admission?

If circumstances prevent you from enrolling, you may request a deferral by writing to the Associate Dean of Admissions 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 during the application process and are best scheduled at your earliest convenience, as slots fill quickly. You can arrange for an on-campus or video-conference interview.

See Application Instructions for more information.

What if I have to cancel or reschedule my interview?

If you are unable to attend your scheduled interview and need to cancel or reschedule, please do so using our online scheduling system, which is located in the interview 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 Weekend 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 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.

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 Weekend 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 can 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.

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

Fuqua does not accept ESL test scores.  We will use other aspects of your application to assess language proficiency.

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, and 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 there financial aid available for international applicants?

Every admitted applicant is automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarships. There is no separate scholarship application. Merit scholarship notification typically occurs within a week following the admission notification. Funding is limited and will not be sufficient to cover all tuition.

We also offer a student loan for international students through Discover Bank. This loan offers a very competitive rate and does NOT require a co-signer from the U.S.

For more information, please visit our Financing Your Degree page.

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 +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, re-entering all of your information.

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

Re-applicants do not need to resent official GMAT/GRE/EA scores to Fuqua, unless the scores have expired or you have retaken the tests and wish to have your new scores considered.

GMAT/GRE/EA scores are valid for 5 years from the date the exam is taken. 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 score – submit via your student portal
  • Updated mailing address – submit via your student portal

All additional information, including additional recommendations, 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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