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A Comprehensive Guide to Applying to Duke Fuqua’s MBA Program

If you’re aspiring to pursue an MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, you’re in the right place. The admissions process can be both exciting and challenging, but with the right guidance, you can put forth a compelling application that showcases your qualifications and aspirations.

How to Apply

Duke Fuqua provides clear instructions on how to apply to their Daytime MBA program. The application process can be broken down into several key steps:

  1. Online Application: Start by creating an online application account on the Duke Fuqua website. This account will serve as your portal for submitting all the required materials.
  2. Resume: Prepare a detailed resume that highlights your academic and professional achievements, work experience, leadership roles, and any community involvement. Your resume should be a reflection of your qualifications and ambitions.
  3. Essays: Duke Fuqua typically requires applicants to submit two essays as part of their application. These essays provide an opportunity for you to express your thoughts, goals, and personal experiences. Make sure to review the specific essay prompts on the official application instructions page.
  4. Optional Essay: While the two required essays allow you to cover a wide range of topics, the optional essay is your chance to address any additional information you believe is crucial for the admissions committee to know. Use this essay wisely to strengthen your application.
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Secure at least one strong letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your qualifications and potential. It’s advisable to choose recommenders who are familiar with your professional achievements and goals.
  6. Transcripts: Ensure that you provide transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended. These transcripts should demonstrate your academic capabilities.
  7. Test Scores: Duke Fuqua accepts either GMAT or GRE scores. Additionally, they consider Executive Assessment (EA) scores. Notably, there’s no requirement for TOEFL scores for English proficiency if you meet certain criteria.
  8. Interview: If your application is shortlisted, you may be invited to an interview. This is a valuable opportunity to discuss your goals, experiences, and fit with Duke Fuqua.


Videos: Info, Application tips

We share several links on different tips for applying to Stanford. The first link talks about Duke Fuqua: Inside the Admissions Committee. In addition, it discusses the following topics: Intro, Admissions Committee Panel, Student Panel, Contact Info and Application Deadline Dates.

The second link talks about Duke Fuqua | MBA Spotlight Oct 2020 | Q&A with Fuqua AdCom and Current Students.

The third link talks about Fuqua (Duke) AdCom responde a todas sus preguntas | MBA destacado 2020.

The fourth link talks about How to Get Into Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, 2023-2024. In addition, it discusses the following topics: How to get into the Fuqua School of Business, Fuqua’s MBA application logistics, Fuqua’s admissions process, Fuqua’s Paired Principles, Fuqua’s application essays and Resources to learn more about Fuqua.

The fifth link is about The MBA Experience At Fuqua School Of Business. In this video, at Duke’s daytime MBA program current student and Associate Dean discuss structure and student partnership. The academic journey was outlined such as core classes, curriculum breadth, deep electives, experiential learning, faculty, giving back to the community. Get the answers you need to determine how the Fuqua family helps students become the leaders the world needs.


Required Short Answer Questions:

  • Answer in 100 words: What are your post-MBA career goals? Share your first-choice career plan and an alternate plan. Include specific goals and potentially the names of companies you’re targeting immediately post-MBA. Explain how your short-term goals align with your long-term aspirations.

Duke MBA Essay 1 – 25 Random Things About Yourself:

  • This nontraditional essay asks applicants to share “25 Random Things” about themselves. It’s an opportunity to showcase interesting and meaningful facts, hobbies, achievements, or personal experiences. Applicants should keep it positive and aim for a well-rounded set of tidbits. It’s encouraged to include details from various life domains, including childhood memories, current favorites, and brief anecdotes that showcase interests and problem-solving abilities. While work-related items are acceptable, it’s recommended to limit them, as the admissions committee can find this information elsewhere.

Duke MBA Essay 2: The Fuqua Community and You:

  • Respond in 500 words or less: Fuqua values a culture of engagement, and students are encouraged to contribute to student-led organizations and leadership development. Describe three ways you expect to contribute at Fuqua based on your understanding of its culture. Provide concrete examples of how you plan to engage in specific activities and potentially take leadership roles in student organizations. Explain how your contributions will positively impact the community.

Optional Essay:

  • This essay is reserved for addressing any liabilities in your candidacy that the admissions committee should be aware of, such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, or inconsistent academic performance. Use this space to provide context or explanations, but keep your response brief and focused.

The Duke MBA application process seeks to understand applicants’ career goals, personal attributes, and contributions to the Fuqua community. The essays offer opportunities to demonstrate fit with the school’s culture and values, as well as showcase individuality and achievements.


Letter of recommendation questions

The Duke University Fuqua School of Business MBA recommendation questions for the 2023-2024 admissions season are as follows:

Section 1: Recommender Information

  • Context of Relationship: Select the context of your relationship with the applicant (current employer, previous employer, university/academic, extracurricular/community, or other).
  • Nature of Relationship: Choose the nature of your relationship (direct supervisor, other supervisor, advisor/mentor, colleague/peer, direct report, indirect report, client/customer, business partner/investor, vendor, professor/instructor, or other).
  • How long have you known the applicant?
  • During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant?
  • If you are affiliated with The Fuqua School of Business or Duke University, please select the option that most closely matches your affiliation.

Section 2: Competencies and Character Traits

  • In this section, rate the applicant on 16 competencies and character traits grouped into five categories: Achievement, Influence, People, Personal Qualities, and Cognitive Abilities. For each competency, select the behavior that best describes the applicant’s consistency in exhibiting it. You are encouraged to provide candid and honest assessments.

Section 3: Open Questions

  • Briefly describe your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization (recommended word count: 50 words).
  • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Describe the applicant’s principal strengths (recommended word count: 500 words).
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant, including the circumstances and the applicant’s response (recommended word count: 500 words).
  • Optional: Is there anything else we should know?

These recommendation questions are designed to gather insights into the applicant’s competencies, character, and performance from someone with knowledge of their professional abilities, preferably a current or former supervisor. The responses will help the admissions committee assess the applicant’s qualifications and fit for the program.


Admissions events in your area

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If invited for an interview this resource is useful: Interview reports submitted by interviewees

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