Essay Questions

Duke Essay Questions 2016-2017

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Duke University – Fuqua School of Business

Full-time MBA program – Application essays
  1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA? (Maximum 500 characters)
  2. What are your long-term goals? (Maximum 500 characters)
  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 short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered? (Maximum 500 characters)
  4. The “Team Fuqua” spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA 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 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/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.

    Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

  5. Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.

    Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community, outside of the classroom?

    Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

Optional essays
  1. If you feel there are circumstances (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance) of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay.
    • Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.
    • The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your circumstances only.
    • Limit your response to one page.
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