Duke Fuqua School Of Business

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is a top-ranked graduate business school dedicated to advancing the understanding of management through research and providing the highest quality education. Fuqua enrolls more than 1,600 students a year across our ten degree programs, which offer a wide range of program formats and flexibility. 

Duke Fuqua MBA Programs

While the school is based in North America, several of Fuqua’s programs include academic study experiences in other regions, including East Asia, Europe, India, Latin America, and the Middle East. Fuqua offers 16 concentrations: decision sciences, energy & environment, energy finance, entrepreneurship & innovation, energy finance, corporate finance, investment finance, dual corporate/investment finance, financial analysis/accounting, fintech, leadership & ethics, management, product management, market analysis and strategy, operations management, social entrepreneurship, and strategy. Fuqua also offers 2 certificates, Finance and Health Sector Management, and a focused Management Science and Technology track of study.

Fuqua’s degree programs include four MBA options

  • The Duke MBA-Daytime
  • Weekend Executive
  • Global Executive
  • Accelerated Daytime
Degree programs targeted to recent graduates

  • The Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business
  • The Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University
  • The Master of Quantitative Management: Business Analytics
Online programs for working professionals across the globe

  • The Master of Science in Quantitative Management: Business Analytics, Accelerated Business Analytics, and Health Analytics

Program Fees

Cost of Attendance (1st year) – Total $97,437
  • Tuition- $70,000
  • Living expenses- $18,990
  • Estimated Educational Supplies- $624
  • Estimated Medical Insurance and Other Fees- $7,823

Employment Report

For the Daytime MBA Class of 2019, 97% had offers within 3 months of graduating with a average salary of $135,397 and bonus of $32,769.

View Duke Fuqua’s MBA Employment Report 2018-2019

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Application Deadlines (Daytime MBA)

Application Fee: $225

RoundApplication DeadlineInterview Decision SentFinal Decision Release
Early ActionSeptember 19, 2019October 2, 2019October 28, 2019
Round 1October 14, 2019November 1, 2019December 18, 2019
Round 2January 6, 2020January 31, 2020March 19, 2020
Round 3March 11, 2020March 25, 2020April 20, 2020
Round 4May 19, 2020June 3, 2020June 18, 2020

Admissions Facts

Based on 2019

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 22.9%

Average age of new entrants: 28

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE/EA

 Average GMAT score: 705

 Average GRE score: N/A

Require work experience: Yes

Years of work experience: 5 years

Application Essays

Season: 2020

1. Short Essay Questions

  1. Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you?
  2. What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan.

Answer both questions. For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

2. Long Essay 1

First required essay: 25 random things about yourself

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

For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world.  These ways of thinking set the Duke MBA experience apart, and this concept 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.

3. Long Essay 2

Second required essay: The Fuqua community and you

Instructions: Your response should be no more than two pages in length.

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?

4. 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, inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in an optional essay.

Please do not upload additional essays or additional recommendations in this area of the application, and limit your response to one page.

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 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 Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admissions process.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

Your recommenders must complete the current recommendation forms associated with the online application—no other format of recommendation will be accepted.

At least one recommendation should reflect your performance in your most recent professional setting. Volunteer activities or other service-oriented roles in which you are deeply involved may also be excellent sources for recommendations. The most valuable recommendations come from people who know your professional skills and abilities.

Submissions by email or mail are not accepted.

New applicants

Two letters of recommendation


One new recommendation letter (not from a previous recommender)

Other recommendation guidelines

  1. You are required to use the recommendation forms that are within the online application.
  2. Use your recommenders’ work email addresses rather than personal accounts like Gmail, which will be more closely monitored in our credential verification process.
  3. Recommendations from relatives and friends are strongly discouraged.
  4. Academic recommendations often provide a similar perspective to your transcript and are less helpful.

The following questions are included on the recommendation form:

  • Comment briefly on the context of your interaction with the applicant.
  • How do the applicant’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?
  • What do you perceive as the applicant’s areas for growth?
  • Describe the applicant’s awareness of these areas and his/her response to constructive feedback.
  • Please include additional comments you feel will be helpful to the admissions committee.

Bonus recommendation

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

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